Dada-Soirée III

Poetry and Revolt. Dada's dynamism – then and now: Zurich – Berlin – Paris

The fuse of the Dadaist Revolt was laid in Zürich. But the bomb of the poetic resistance to the ‘common sense’ approach, which made light of the butchery of the war, exploded in the capital cities of the twentieth century: Berlin und Paris. The dialectics of terror and poetry set light to the patchwork of political persuasions in Berlin and the frenzy of Surrealists in Paris, while the Swiss Dadaists simply fled to the «sheep-like folk» on Monte Verità (the Hill of Truth in the Tessin, where alternative artists had set up a colony). So Dada slept the sleep of the just in Zurich – until the city was awakened from its slumber by the youth movement and Marthaler’s theatre.

Daniel Binswanger, Durs Grünbein and Stefan Zweifel explore the Dionysian dialectics of poetry and protest, terror und avant-garde, anti-art and amoral, from history to the heart of the present day.


Daniel Binswanger Journalist

Durs Grünbein Writer

Stefan Zweifel Literary critic


For Tickets to all three evenings (CHF 60 / 50 reduced price) please contact the Ticket-Office of the Tonhalle Zurich:

Festspiele Zürich Ticket-Office c/o Tonhalle Zürich
Gotthardstrasse 5, 8002 Zürich
Telefon + 41 (0) 44 206 34 34

Tickets for individual evenings can also be booked online (CHF 25 / 20 reduced price).


Supported by Swiss Re


20:00 Uhr
Zunfthaus zur Waag
Festspiele Zürich
CHF 25 / 20 ermässigt
Bei Buchung aller drei Veranstaltungen:
CHF 60 / 50 ermässigt