Les Années Folles: 1920s Cabaret
The Dalí Museum invites you to step back in time to the 1920s, in the spirit of Les Années Folles, France’s “crazy years.”
Put on your most stylish 1920s attire for a night out at the cabaret. The evening will begin at 7pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres by Cassis, a complimentary specialty drink, charcuterie provided by Bacchus Wine Bistro and period accordion music. Next up, exclusive docent-led tours of our special exhibition, Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929, highlighting the most avant-garde artists of the time (a $35 value). Then the cabaret performance proper, beginning at 8:30pm, featuring Nicole Dreger and Beneva Fruitville singing standards like “La Vie En Rose,” “I Got Rhythm,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street, “Fly Me to the Moon” and more. The evening concludes with dessert and coffee.
Beneva Fruitville hosts the longest running theatrical production in Sarasota, FL, Beneva Fruitville’s Drag Queen Bingo Bonanza. In addition to its run of over nine years, the show has also toured extensively. As a drag entertainer, Beneva has performed in nightclubs throughout the state, and currently co-hosts a comedy competition show, Wigs & Wit, at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre and other local, regional and national comedy hot spots. Beneva is truly the Queen B of drag.
Nicole Dreger’s dream is to perform around the world, becoming a voice actress for Disney productions and making feature films. Her album Behind the Mask is available on iTunes. She takes inspiration from artists such as Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé, and John Barrowman, who have shaped her love of musical performance.
About the Exhibition
Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929 brings to life the personal relationships and the intellectual passions that at the time threatened to tear apart the newly formed artistic movement called Surrealism. Just as this art form began to penetrate Western culture, from literature to fashion to advertising, disagreements erupted among its famous practitioners: Are dreams or spontaneous emotions more central to image-making? Should painting take precedence, or are more technical approaches and media such as collage, film and photography more effective tools? Perhaps most importantly, How can Surrealism embody the concerns and values of a new class of activist artists shaped by the profound destruction of the first World War? In addition to works from the unparalleled holdings of the Centre Pompidou and The Dalí Museum, the exhibition will include numerous significant loans from other leading public and private collections around the world, and is accompanied by a major catalog with additional insight into the works on view, geopolitical climate and prevailing avant-garde philosophies in Europe at the time.
The exhibition was organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris and The Dalí. Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929 is sponsored by Mrs. Jean-François Rossignol, Mrs. Timothy R. Ranney & St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport.