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Dash Squat – a European Counter-Cultural Takeover
Dash Arts occupies the V&A with an electrifying performance space where live music from the wonderful British Portuguese singer songwriter Nessi Gomes, impromptu theatre, art-happenings and fevered political discussion awaits you alongside a warm welcome and endless drinks and snacks.
Following great success at Latitude and Wandsworth Festivals and Rich Mix, Dash Arts introduces a new version of their unique multi-art form performance space in V&As Seminar Room 3. Part installation, part immersive experience, part debating chamber and part performance venue, the Dash Squat invites you into a provocative and compelling, quintessentially European environment.
On the day of the first round of presidential elections in France, the Dash Squat will house an invigorating and entertaining search for the heart of Europe. What is it? Who wants it? Who doesn’t? And why…?
In a fully designed interior that could be Berlin, Amsterdam, or Barcelona guests will be welcomed by our pan European commune of squatter hosts. With a mug of tea, coffee or something stronger in hand you can relax and browse through our books and magazines; watch relevant dvds; or join in the endless discussion about Europe and the UK’s relationship to it.
Most of the afternoon will be taken up with impromptu performance events for you to enjoy and participate in, arranged by the squatters and featuring their remarkable artistic and intellectual friends. The highlights will be:
– Portuguese British-born singer- songwriter Nessi Gomes will play live in our squat. Nessi channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity through her beautiful voice, blending the essence of the traditional, emotional and ‘larger than life’ Fado folk music with British progressive inspiration.
– An improvised performance reading of one of Europe’s best contemporary plays, led by actors but with you joining in as much as you want.
– A vigorous discussion featuring some of our best thinkers and artistic minds and, again, you that will attempt to grasp the big picture: how did Europe get from 1918 to Brexit? What is the story of our coming together and breaking apart?
Part of the V+A Performance Festival