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On stage: the surrealist and his muse

Famous photo of Dalí and Gala.
By Alfredo Cernadas
For The Herald
They say that behind every great man there is a great woman, famous or not. The couple Dali — Gala is a perfect example. Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto (1904-1988) and Elena Ivanovna Diakonova (1894-1962), the genius and his muse, his lifelong supporter, favourite model and administrator .The homosexual voyeur who loved but didn’t touch his wife and the consumer of young men who also loved her husband. The most bizarre couple in the art world, or the rest of the world too at that, in the 25th anniversary of Dali’s death.

Both reappear now onstage in BA, guided by playwright Jorge Ducca, who also directs the play. He is very fond of historical characters and he chose quite a unique pair, presenting and affectionate portrait of the two characters, but not showing them with exaggerate benevolence in spite of his admiration. He also created a rather surrealistic, magic world well captured in a simple but suggestive set.

The story is marked by a narrative punctuated by a series of flashbacks in which two mysterious characters, shades, assist the leading couple and help the action flow. Ducca took care in revealing the person who is under the glitter of the eccentric genius and his exacting behaviour and there is the fascinating Gala, whom her second husband met while both were young, deeply engaged in the intoxicating art scene before the war. The author also introduces the presence of Gala’a first husband, the famous poet Paul Eluard whom she left for Dali. And there is also Amanda Lear, who became the artist’s mistress in his last years, while Gala fell into the arms of one stud after the other.

Ducca ably manages to weave an interesting, believable and sensitive story, well performed by a talented cast who offer well matched portrayals of the four main roles. The two shadows are mute, effective, discreet assistants. Dalí is convincingly personified by Pablo Juan, bizarre but not overplayed, a temptation wisely eschewed. Anabel Ferreyra offers an intelligently designed, contrasting, patient Gala. The right contrast is also provided by Pikar Matoas the young Amanda and Pablo Ingaramo’s gentlemanly Elluard. Versatile Pablo Graziano was adequately in charge of lights, set, costumes and makeup.

Where and when

Teatro Tadrón (Niceto Vega 4802). Fridays at 9.pm.

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