Thursday, March 23, 2006

Dada Robot Ballet Mecanique

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., opened the largest and most comprehensive show of Dada art in American history recently and it will run until May 14. Through March 29, George Antheil's Ballet Mecanique will be performed at 1pm and 4pm weekdays (1pm weekends) by 16 player pianos and a battery of robot-driven percussion instruments at unprecedented high speed, acceding to the stated wishes (until now unrealized) of the American composer (1900-1959). The 'Other Minds' Executive and Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian visited the opening performance on March 12 and filed a report for the OM Web site.

To read Amirhanian's report

Other reports have surfaced in recent days as well:

Read an Associated Press

Read a report by Gail Wein (with sonic excerpt)

Taken from the OM newsletter.

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