Fri 24.03.2017    19:30    map

LIKE//Poetic – playful – provocative: a lecture by Agnes Kern

Poetic – playful – provocative: The experimental dances of the Berlin surrealist cabaret Die Badewanne

Berlin, Germany, 1949: the city’s war-ravaged landscape provided the grotesque setting for the foundation of the artists’ cabaret Die Badewanne ("The Bathtub"). Formed by a group of young and rebellious painters, writers, dancers and musicians in the basement of the Femina Bar, it quickly established itself as a watering hole of an international bohemian crowd. Working together, the artists developed a program that drew on their personal experience of the recent past and brought the fine arts and literature that were banned by the Nazis back onto the experimental stage.

The lecture will focus on the dances of Die Badewanne that transferred paintings of well-known artists like Picasso or Paul Klee and of the cabaret’s members themselves, such as Alexander Camaro, into movement. The choreographies made by Iris Barbura can stand both for the poetical and experimental character of these dances. On the basis of the surviving photographs, documents and statements of the artists from Die Badewanne, the lecture will outline a portrait of this historical period that has lost none of its compelling freshness.

The lecture will be held in English.


Agnes Kern is an art historian and dance theorist. She is currently working as a co-curator at the Alexander and Renata Camaro Foundation, Berlin, preparing the exhibition and performance project about the Romanian dancer Iris Barbura in cooperation with CNDB. She also worked on the exhibition “BERLIN SURREAL… Camaro and the artists’ cabaret Die Badewanne” (Camaro Foundation, 2014) and the publication “Unica Zürn – Camaro – Hans Bellmer. Works of the 1940s to the 1960s” (Berlin 2016).


Free entrance.