Le Salon Dada - A Surrealist Dinner and Show
It has been close to fifty years since the Rothschild’s much fabled about “Surrealist Ball” was held and attended by a smorgasbord of influential figureheads of the early 1970s – an event that seems to have been more than merely vaguely inspired what Stanley Kubrick channelled via Eyes Wide Shut.
Fast forward to Sydney, Australia and the year 2019, era vulgaris where everything is available at any time at the tip of one’s finger. It becomes increasingly rare to find events that are not only labours of love but orchestrated with a dedication and attention to detail that stand out from the prefabricated mainstream offerings that have infiltrated pretty much every nook and cranny of niches.
Enter Marc Kuzma, who also goes under the guise of Claire de Lune.
Monsieur Kuzma is one deliberately and delightfully weird (and weirdly delightful) curator, conferencier, restaurateur and artists that has created the magical event that goes under the umbrella of “Le Salon Dada - A Surrealist Dinner and Show”.
One feels reminded of a French equivalent to Jeff Goldblum in terms of the host being charismatic, surreal, eccentric and brilliant are adjectives that come to mind when encountering Marc Kuzma in the flesh and one feels tempted to extend them to the evening that is about to unfold once one has entered Claire’s Kitchen.
Taking literally a few pages from the extensive books of artists like Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Marcel Duchamp and René Magritte, six dinner courses are imbedded within an evening of eclectic and immersive entertainment.
I have been sworn to secrecy as to the details of each course, the presentation and the accompanying eclectic and never not surprising performances but rest assured that all your senses will be aptly tickled and tackled from every angle imaginable by what this pop-up event entails.
In essence, imagine paintings coming alive, music becoming synesthetic, food and its presentation being elevated for beyond the level of mere sustenance and you becoming part of the whimsical, lavish, eccentric and imaginative offerings.
Claire’s Kitchen culinary emissions draw heavily on the best French cuisine in terms of sweet and savoury has to offer but the twist that the art on the respective plates are presented with add multidimensional layers to what is not only a literal and visual feast already.
Nothing and everything is as it seems and that is exactly what makes part of the appeal.
An exercise par excellence in a finely curated and near perfectly executed immersive dinner experience that is both inspiring and will stay with you.