Dali After Dark lights up Metro City for Fringe World

Lisa Fa'alafi and Nerida Matthaei for Dali After Dark. Picture: Bruce Hunt d490268
Lisa Fa'alafi and Nerida Matthaei for Dali After Dark. Picture: Bruce Hunt d490268

ROBERT Buratti’s obsession with surrealism inspired a vision to present works of Salvador Dali on a grand scale.

For two years the artist behind Subiaco’s Buratti Gallery has been curating exhibition Dali Land, showing at Metro City as part of Fringe World, which also has the performance element Dali After Dark presented by Fringe favourites Briefs Factory.

“We have a strong little collection and what we’re trying to do, in the classic Fringe spirit, is take this space and use it in a different way,” Buratti said.

“To take a subject and give it a different voice, so it’s not just an exhibition, it’s a Dali art experience with performances.”

Enter Brisbane-based Briefs Factory, the creative minds behind Briefs Close Encounters, Club Briefs and Hot Brown Honey, who helped Buratti build on Dali Land by creating the immersive Dali After Dark experience.

Co-directed by Leah Shelton and Lisa Fa’alafi, patrons enter through the side stage door and walk through the corridors below the stage, dressing rooms and all four storeys of the venue.

“Without giving too much away, we want to take people on a journey,” Shelton said.

“You’ll meet Dali and Gala (Dali’s wife) who will be your hosts and we are positioning this as their house.

“There are all kinds of different characters you’ll meet along the way and the idea is partly us bringing to life and expanding on his artwork and also building on their ideas of the epic surrealist dinners they used to hold.”

Liesel Zink for Dali After Dark. Picture: Bruce Hunt d490268

“It’s like a dinner for the senses, a dinner of performance, not actually food but we are the food for thought,” Fa’alafi, who performs in Dali After Dark, said.

“Briefs Factory has multiple shows running, so being able to bring the entire Briefs Factory cast together to create such an amazing, fun and ridiculous work has been a highlight.

“It’s epic. I think if Dali was alive he would be proud of us taking over this building.”

Dali Land also has day tours for those who want to delve deeper into the exhibition and there is a rooftop bar.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Dali After Dark

Where: Metro City, Perth

When: January 28 to February 17

Tickets: www.fringeworld.com.au