Hugo Ball

war Dadaist der ersten Stunde. Er zählt zu den zentralen Figuren der Avantgardebewegungen in Kunst und Literatur zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. Gemeinsam mit Hans Arp, Tristan Tzara, Emmy Hennings und Marcel Janko begründete er die Dada-Bewegung und rief das weltbekannte Cabaret Voltaire ins Leben. Er schrieb außerdem Theaterstücke, trat als Schauspieler auf und führte Regie, arbeitete als politischer Journalist und publizierte Gedichte.

A novelist and pioneer of modern poetry, Hugo Ball was a leading figure in the early 20th century avant-garde. Together with the artists Hans Arp, Tristan Tzara, and Marcel Janko, Ball established the Dada movement publishing the Dada Manifesto in 1916. And with his partner Emmy Hennings, he founded the renowned theatre club Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. In the cabaret, Ball’s theatre company routinely staged experimental works, which were perceived as uncouth and challenged the public’s expectations. Performances often came across as an affront or frivolous, but in fact they were Ball’s response to the grave social failings that he felt had precipitated the First World War. For Ball, the disaster of the war left no room for innocence. In a diary entry dated 1916, he writes, “I have invented a new form of poetry, verses without words, sound poems!”  As the creator of Dada and of sound poems, Hugo Ball achieved world fame.


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