Cori Olinghouse’s Ghost line at Danspace. Photo by Alex Escalante.
Artists and entertainers demonstrated conflicting reactions to the brutalities of World War I. Entertainment dulled the dark memories with kicky Charleston moves, vaudevillian antics, and silent movies featuring eccentric, physical comedians like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Art turned perverse, countering the trauma with rambunctious Dadaists and their readymades while Surrealists invented a deranged beauty. The superficial differences were vast, yet an absurdist undercurrent surged through both.
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