If you are looking for an hour of whimsical delight, this café, created by surrealists and run by clowns, is the place to be. Don’t know anything about Dada, Futurism or Surrealism? It doesn’t matter. If you’ve ever had the urge to stand on your head to see the world from a new perspective, you will enjoy this merry dazzle.
Of course, if you do appreciate any of the above named artistic movements, all the better… a text created from fragments of Futurist, Dada, Communist and Capitalist manifestos weaves political propaganda into an imaginative romp. Manifesto! is set in a café that evidently throws a riotous party every night. Cabaret Re-Voltaire, housed in the café, features three clowns who frolic in intellectual banter, apparently to inspire revolution. Along the way, those same clowns tightrope with death, various means of destruction, and magical acts, accompanied by a very talented Foley artist with impeccably hilarious timing. The effect is a kind of hypnotic Dada séance. And the mood is so infectious you will be laughing and applauding without quite understanding why. But isn’t that the point?
Raising awareness and understanding of Dada? It’s possible… More importantly, it’s just an absurdly good time.
- Running Time: 55 Minutes
- Tickets: Manifesto!
- Remaining Shows: Wed, July 23 at 7:30 . Sat, July 26 at 9
- Where: Source, 1835 14th Street, NW