Join the RA and Blanchette for a spectacular extravaganza to celebrate all things surrealist and sumptuous
This Saturday, Blanchette will be entering the worlds of Salvador Dalí and Marchel Duchamp for one unforgettable night of all things surrealist and Dada. The French bistro has paired up with the Royal Academy for the latest in its #RALates series.
Visit for a spectacular extravaganza hosted by Rrose Sélavy – Duchamp’s female alter-ego – featuring an extravagant ball, surrealist games, performances and installations. Chef Director Tam Storrar has created an inspired menu to accompany the activity, consisting of a selection of Dalí-inspired delights, including Dalí’s eye breads with truffle honey and goat’s cheese, Sausage boat with chou croute and Dessert burgers with chocolate and Chantilly.
With a 1930s surrealist spectacular dress code, this is definitely one party you won’t want to miss.
Programme highlights include:
1 The Dada laboratory
Participate in games, performances, poetry and activities inspired by the satirical and nonsense anti-art of the Dadaists.
2 The Dada Cabaret Gameshow with Bittersuite
Take part in Dada karaoke and create anti-art masterpieces at our underground Parisian cabaret bar, hosted by drag artist Frieda Slaves.
3 Dada mask-making workshop
Create your own Dada-inspired mask for the night, inspired by a game of chance and hosted by artists Sophie Popper and Tom Coates.
4 New York’s Surrealist Bal Onirique
In the mid-1930s, an extravagant ball was held in a midtown ballroom, hosted by bohemian socialite Caresse Crosby in honour of Salvador Dalí’s return to Europe from New York. Experience our recreation of this infamous party with live music by Alex Mendham and his Orchestra performing ‘30s jazz and swing tunes for you to dance to until late.
5 Dali’s dreamscapes
Wander through a series of gilded rooms inspired by Dalí’s dreamscapes. Encounter artist installations and a Freudian dream interpreter, before entering a trancelike state and stepping into the artist’s surreal studio for more surprises…
6 Surreal shadowlands
Encounter an interactive surrealist installation by arts collective Abby and Alice, enter a maze of shapes and create your own shadow theatre.
7 The bureau of the subconscious
Enter the Parisian office where you will be guided through age-old free association exercises to calm your mind and take part in a subconscious research project.
8 The Surrealist’s erotic tea party
You’re invited to a surrealist tea party like no other, inspired by Dalí’s infamous Rothschild Ball. Sit down to lively discussions and take part in artist activities where you’ll create works using the automatism technique, unlocking your subconscious mind. Featuring actors and performances by Wilson & Hart.
Make it happen
When: Saturday 9 December 2017, 7 — 11.45pm
Where: Royal Academy of Arts
Tickets: Starting from £35