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Barbican announces its spring season highlights

Date Posted: 18/10/2012

A major new season of events, Dancing Around Duchamp will run at the Barbican Centre in London from February to June next year.

The festival will bring together key figures of the avant-garde: Samuel Beckett, Marcel Duchamp, Eugène Ionesco, Alfred Jarry, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, along with a host of contemporary practitioners.

Events will include visual art, dance, theatre, film and music.

The season orbits around the figure of Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) and the Art Gallery’s major new exhibition The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns.

Dancing Around Duchamp’s programme includes a theatrical interpretation of John Cage’s 1959 Lecture on Nothing; surreal and absurdist theatre, with plays by Jarry and Ionesco; an adaptation of Beckett’s novella Watt; a film season; live performances and a major public event exploring the legacy of Duchamp.

Further programme highlights for spring 2013

Alongside Dancing Around Duchamp, group travel organisers arranging visits to the Barbican’s spring season can enjoy highlights including:

•    Michel van der Aa and David Mitchell
•    Gustavo Dudamel in residence with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
•    Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet
•    Bobby McFerrin
•    Juan Diego Flórez residency

For further group travel information visit

Photo credit: Rhinoc®ros «Jean-Louis FERNANDE

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