Homage to Salvador Dali | Compagnia Finzi Pasca & “La Verità” at BAM, May 4-7, 2016….

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Beatriz-Sayad & Rolando Tarquini in Daniele Finzi Pasca’s “La Verità” at BAM. Photo: Max-Gordon Beatriz-Sayad & Rolando Tarquini in Daniele Finzi Pasca’s “La Verità” at BAM. Photo: Max-Gordon

In 1944 Salvador Dali collaborated with Leonide Massine, originally from Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, on the ballet “Mad Tristan.”. It was inspired by Wagner’s 1865 opera “Tristan and Isolde.” For the first act Dali created a twenty-seven by forty-five feet backdrop that in 2009 was found in a box stored at the Metropolitan Opera. It is Dali at his best with what, I have read, is supposed to be Tristan holding a dandelion that partial covers his face while grasping something (his heart?) to his chest. Before him stands a macabre Isolde with her head swathed in mummy-like bandages and her very large claw-like hands are reaching out to Tristan. This backdrop was the inspiration for “La Verità.”

“La Verità” is the brainchild of the Swiss contemporary circus maverick Daniele Finzi Pasca and Julie Hamelin Finzi.

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