‘Loco Maricon Amore’, or ‘Crazy Faggot Love’ in ye plain olde English, looks at the story of Salvador Dali and Federico Lorca in a devised theatre production co-presented by Metro Arts and The Danger Ensemble.
The work explains the relationship between tragedy and surrealism. It combines dance, image and song in the backdrop of a surrealist wake that mourns the loss of love and lovers.
“’Loco Maricon Amor’ isn’t about any one thing,” says artistic director of The Danger Ensemble Steven Mitchell. “It is about love and death and their interconnectedness. It is about the power of memory as death approaches, and the power of the love that survives death. It’s about the collision of tragedy and surrealism as embodied by two great artists.
“Lorca and Dali," explains Steven, "were both men who were constantly questioning the state of their own culture of art and particularly for Lorca, the political world.”
Polly Sara, who plays the role of ‘Love’, explains how the show works. “Rather than slapping on a surrealist motif on a realistic work, which I think would be easier, we’ve tried to use a surrealist process when creating the work.
“So for example, we’ve used a lot of Lorca’s writing,” she says, “we’ve looked at Salvador Dali’s artwork and tried to use that as a way of informing and generating material. We’ve also done absurdist things like word association to get ourselves out of a really logical way of thinking and use that as a way of finding a logical way of thinking.”
It might sound all too overwhelming but one thing is clear, ‘Loco Maricon Amore’ speaks to the political climate in which it exists.
“The political climate in which Dali and Lorca existed cost them their life,” says Polly. “It feels so far removed from the place in which we live in now in Brisbane and yet it’s not. People are fighting for their rights. We are slowly seeing them taken away. Our government in Queensland is just too afraid to represent its people.
"I’m not just talking about sexuality. I think Campbell Newman has revoked a lot of things. Still, I don’t want this show to be a personal attack on him because I think it’s much bigger than that. The show is asking the audience to be honest with themselves and to engage with the work in a brave and honest way.”
‘Loco Maricon Amor’ runs from August 17 to September 1 at Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts.