Handkerchief of Clouds

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Handkerchief of Clouds
Mouchoir de Nuages.jpg
Written byTristan Tzara
Date premiered17 May 1924 (1924-05-17)
Place premieredThéâtre de la Cigale, Paris
Original languageFrench

Handkerchief of Clouds: A Tragedy in Fifteen Acts (French: Mouchoir de Nuages) is a French-language Dadaist play by Romanian-born author Tristan Tzara.[1] Tzara described it as an "ironic tragedy" or a "tragic farce", composed of 15 short acts, each with an accompanying commentary, with a strong influence from "the serialized novel and the cinema."[2] Its action, he continues, should be staged on a platform in the centre of a box-like room "from which the actors cannot leave"[2] It was first staged on 17 May 1924 at the Théâtre de la Cigale in Paris.[3] The play was Tzara's last Dada production.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robbins (1987) and Melzer (1976, 193-195).
  2. ^ a b Robbins (1987, 137) and Melzer (1976, 193).
  3. ^ Robbins (1987, 137).
  4. ^ Gordon (1987, 24).


  • Gordon, Mel, ed. 1987. Dada Performance. New York: PAJ Publications. ISBN 1-55554-011-2.
  • Melzer, Annabelle. 1976. Dada and Surrealist Performance. PAJ Books ser. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins UP, 1994. ISBN 0-8018-4845-8.
  • Richter, Hans. 1997. Dada: Art and Anti-Art. Trans. David Britt. Updated edition. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-20039-4.
  • Robbins, Aileen, trans. 1987. A Handkerchief of Clouds: A Tragedy in Fifteen Acts. By Tristan Tzara. In Gordon (1987, 137-161).