The Last S.O.S. from Salon Suisse
November 2015. The last Salon Suisse in Venice held on the very last week-end of La Biennale di Venezia offered a visit to Teatro Marinoni on the Lido following the trail of slow death in Venice. Francesca Sarah Toich recited from Dante’s ‘Divina Comedia’ and Philippe Eustachon read from the ‘Egyptian Book of the Dead’, as well as texts by Antonin Artaud. Artist Paul Polaris brought from the sea her organs.
This last salon offered conversations with László F. Földényi about Dada and mysticism followed by a concert by Thomas Bächli, who played Erik Satie and several mystical compositions of the 19th century in a special homage to Hugo Ball.
On the important Venetian holiday, Festa della Madonna della Salute, we crossed over a purpose built, temporary bridge to explore various churches, looking for “the ancient cadence of priestly lamentation, that style of liturgical singing that wails in all the Catholic churches of East and West” (Hugo Ball).
Finally Hugo passed on a gondola on the Canale della Giudecca under flickering echoes by hosts and guests such as Johannes Gees and Daniel Binswanger. Christian Uetz mesmerized the audience with a philosophical-poetical performance and Faber made us cry with his songs such as ‘Bella ciao, ciao, ciao’.
Arrivederci novembre rosso shocking!