The Dada Divas

Dada Divas unearths and re-imagines the stories and creative works of important female artists and performers among the originators of the Dada movement.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


November 14, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$0 - $15

Dada Divas unearths and re-imagines the stories and creative works of important female artists and performers who were among the originators of the Dada movement: Emmy Hennings, Mina Loy, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Hannah Hoch, and others.

It illuminates historical and artistic contributions by women who were overshadowed by their male counterparts, and also comments on such larger issues as the status of women, emigree life, war, and other concerns that are as relevant today as they were when Dada erupted a century ago.

The performance is comprised of musical and theatrical vignettes and interludes. All of the work’s major aspects – compositional processes, scenic design, staging, costuming-are based on its protagonists’ lives, performances, artistic works, and movements in which they are involved. Every vignette illustrates and amplifies aspects of Dada, Futurism, and the creative processes that these women used in their own work, which are refreshed by incorporating aspects of today’s music palette that are descendants of those processes.

This is the closing night performance of the Dada World Fair and is organized by City Lights Bookstore. 

An Artist Trading Card Session will take place during the event.


7:30 pm           doors open
8:00 pm           performance begins
10:00 pm         doors close


Jacqueline Bobak

Jacqueline Bobak is a singer, composer, and educator committed to creating, interpreting, and teaching adventurous music made with and for the voice. She has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe, conducted research in experimental music and art, collaborated with numerous composers, and taught since 1991 at the California Institute of the Arts. 

Carmina Escobar

Carmina Escobar is a creative performer, interpreter of contemporary music, improviser, and intermedia artist from Mexico City. Her work focuses primarily on sound, the voice, the body and their interrelations to physical, social and memory spaces.


Micaela Tobin

Micaela Tobin specializes in contemporary opera, recently performing with the acclaimed Los Angeles-based experimental company The Industry in its groundbreaking production Hopscotch—a mobile opera for 24 cars. Her recent credits include the west coast premiere of John Luther Adam’s Sila: The Breath of the World at the Ojai Music Festival, and as a soprano soloist alongside Annette Bening in Medea at UCLALive. 

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Image: Original by Shannon Knox.