Dada Cabaret will return to its “debaucherous” roots in a tribute to the adventurous spirit of the Beat Generation in “The Electric Kool-Aid Dada Fest” on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Acoustic Coffeehouse Next Door, 415 W. Walnut St.
Billed as “A Dada Adventure Like Never Before,” the program features East Tennessee State University Department of Music faculty members Dr. Heather Killmeyer (oboe), Dr. Stephanie Frye (tuba) and Dr. Alan Stevens (tenor), along with local writer and pianist Andrew Ford (narrator).
“For quite some time, we’ve been planning a ‘choose your own adventure’ type of show, and we are finally making it happen,” Killmeyer said. “The narration will feature a group of young women, who happen to be characters from past Dada shows, embarking on an adventure. Our writer, Andy (Ford), has prepared a series of possible events along the way, to be determined by audience vote. The storyline will also make reference to past Dada Cabaret shows, so it should be quite rewarding for return audiences. We’re very excited about it.”
Dada Cabaret is inspired by literary nonsense; transgressive cinema, which uses shock value and humor; the early 20th century artistic movement of Dadaism, which illustrated absurdity through paintings of purposeless machines and collages of discarded materials; and the avant-garde movement, which featured experimental, innovative art that went beyond what was accepted as the norm. This experimental ensemble seeks to push the boundaries of classical music and transcend the divide between audience and performer.
Admission is $5. The program is intended for mature audiences only.
For more information, call the ETSU Department of Music at 423-439-4276.