Milwaukee's Physical Theatre Interprets Salvador Dalí

May 21, 2015

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The Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí is famous for works like his painting The Persistence of Memory and his Dada film, Andalusian Dog.

Dalí himself was nothing if not eccentric and grandiose – and highly imaginative. He wrote of his love of “everything that is gilded and excessive” and his passion for luxury.

It is that wildness of spirit that informs The Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre’s newest production, Giraffe on Fire: A dance rhapsody in the key of Dalí.

The show has seven composers, seven choreographers and seven visual artists who all cometogether to create what artistic director Brian Rott calls "an inter-arts safari."

"It's so many different forms that we can draw from. And whatever tools we can use in the tool box to make a beautiful piece of work that is visceral and that does evoke a response in the audience, or challenges them to interpret it on their own terms....that was Dalí," says assistant director Jenni Reinke.

Rott, Reinke and Quasimondo’s associate artistic director Jessi Miller discuss the show and the unique liberties physical theatre gives its performers:

The company’s newest production Giraffe on Fire: A dance rhapsody in the key of Dali opens tonight at Studio G in the Grand Avenue Mall and runs through May 31st.