As an artist whose work is stuffed with improbable juxtapositions, Salvador Dalí would have loved one of the recurring sketches in the thrillingly ambitious “Giraffe on Fire,” the self-styled “dance rhapsody in the key of Dalí” being staged by Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre, under Brian Rott and Jenni Reinke’s direction.
With Kirk Thomsen as Didi and Thom Cauley as Gogo, we shift from a piece focused on Dalí — an egomaniac who always wanted to be the center of attention — to the tramps in Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.”
The title of this show, embodied by a marvelous puppet (design by Michael Pettit); in both his paintings and writings, Dalí represented this figure as phallic and isolated — true to his self-aggrandizing view toward others, who existed to serve him and from whom he maintained a voyeuristic distance.
IF YOU GO
“Giraffe on Fire” contains mature content, including frontal nudity. It continues through May 31 at Studio G in the Shops of Grand Avenue, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. For tickets, visit thequasimondo.com.
From the press release:
Giraffe on Fire
A dance rhapsody in the key of Dalí
Directed by Brian Rott and Jenni Reinke
Reality is crumbling, burning, melting…
Rocks erode revealing fragments of face. Seas dry to string accompaniment as a naked man languishes in a rubber egg. Visionless missionaries saunter down streets with unfamiliar feet. Clocks drip…This is the world of Salvador Dalí, a stone’s throw from the reality we know, the surface beneath the scratch, and Quasimondo’s latest itch.
“The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.” – Dalí
The Spanish Surrealist defined a movement that perverted and pervaded the worlds of art and popular culture to the present day. This delirious production fuses dance, music, puppetry, circus, poetry, visual art, and more in a stunning sensory collage that challenges material classification.
7 Composers. 7 Choreographers. 7 Visual Artists. Quasimondo.
This is not theatre, dance, music, or gallery night. It’s all of them, together in a sandwich. This epic inter-arts collaboration arranges a delectable ensemble of some of Milwaukee’s most innovative performing and visual artists on safari in search for the substance of dreams.
We invite you to join the expedition, spot the illusive Giraffe on Fire, and celebrate the conclusion of our Season Three!
The subconscious mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Attention: This production contains potentially unsettling imagery that may be found in classical sculpture, modern art, and contemporary households; i.e. any household containing a television, computer, smartphone, mind, or body. Viewer Discretion Advised.
THURSDAY, May 21st @ 8pm (OPENING)
FRIDAY, May 22nd @ 8pm
SATURDAY, May 23rd @ 8pm
SUNDAY, May 24th @ 2pm (MATINEE w/ TALKBACK)
MONDAY, May 25th @ 8pm
FRIDAY, May 29th @ 8pm
SATURDAY, May 30th @ 8pm
SUNDAY, May 31st @ 4pm (MATINEE, Season III Closing Gala to follow!)
All seats are Pay-What-You-Can!
To celebrate the close of our third season in Milwaukee, every performance, every ticket, fits your pocket book. Seating is limited so reserve online today!
Click HERE to purchase tickets!
Studio G – 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53201
(at The Shops of the Grand Avenue,
across from TJ MAXX)