Past event


Presented in collaboration with the LA Phil as part of the Weimar Variations festival

It took artist Kurt Schwitters 10 years to write the epic sound poem Ursonate, a sonata in “primordial sound.” As with his famed visual collages, Schwitters’ poem breaks down language to its constituent parts and reassembles them to find new meaning in the seemingly irrational. For more than 90 years, the work has inspired visual artists, composers, choreographers, and musicians. Join director Zoe Aja Moore and special guests as they stage a rare reading of the seminal piece, in which Schwitters’ primal sounds arise from a diverse assembly of bodies and voices.

The greatest sound poem of the 20th century.

The Poetry Foundation