troupe, n.


1. A group of dancers, actors, or other entertainers who tour to different venues. 

‘a dance troupe’, ‘a troupe of singers’

Origin: Early 19th century, from French, literally ‘troop’.

"Troupe" refers to the cast of animal-mask characters built and enacted by artist Michelle Lassaline.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Swiss, 1889 - 1943

Wikipedia entry:

Sophie Henriette Gertrude Taeuber-Arp (19 January 1889 – 13 January 1943) was a Swiss artist, painter, sculptor, textile designer, furniture and interior designer, architect and dancer ... She took part in Dada-inspired performances as a dancer, choreographer, and puppeteer, and she designed puppets, costumes and sets for performances at the Cabaret Voltaire as well as for other Swiss and French theatres. At the opening of the Galerie Dada in 1917, she danced to poetry by Hugo Ball while wearing a shamanic mask by Marcel Janco. A year later, she was a co-signer of the Zurich Dada Manifesto.

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Lassaline's work is influenced by the Zurich Dadaists of the early 1900s. She is especially drawn to Sophie Taeuber-Arp's mastery of craft and performance. In 2016, Lassaline made a pilgrimage to Zurich to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dada. After finishing her coffee at the Cabaret Voltaire, she left Zurich with the realization that the Dada she was searching for would more likely be found in her kitchen than in the banking center of Europe. She returned home knowing that Karawane was a sound poem meant to be heard and not read, and better bellowed than recited.