love is on the menu in Shawn Backstrom and Compañía Delirio’s mystery short film, Delirium in Restaurant “Romance” (a.k.a. Delirio en el Restaurante “El Romance”).
For a beautiful evening of romance, love rs Marcelo and fiance Serena find themselves in the Blue Forest at the doorstep of el Restaurante “El Romance.” Our pair is soon seated at their table by their eccentric host, and their meal is soon delivered course by course, starting with wine.
As Marcelo and Serena discuss their plans for their future together, Marcelo becomes transfixed by the image of a beautiful artist in the background. When Serena excuses herself to the restroom, Marcelo takes this opportunity to prepare his proposal to Serena. Again, he is drawn to the artist in the background. When their hands touch, the artist comes alive, and the two dance…only to be disrupted by Serena’s return.
Delirium in Restaurant “Romance” is a short film based on the play of the same name as performed and conceived by the performance troupe Compañía Delirio. At the outset, the story takes on an almost romantic version of Rocky horror Picture Show. as the restaurant takes on a mysterious and surreal lair of love filled with an eclectic cast of characters.
“…a celebration of ‘the spirit of independent art and cultural exchange.’”
At its core, Deliriumis a performance dance piece by Compañía Delirio. The troupe explores mysterious themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and the transformative power of love and romance. Interpretive dance and movement are not necessarily for the masses, and Deliriumis going to appeal to a very narrow audience. However, if you’re familiar with performance art, you will probably embrace elements in Deliriummore than the first-time viewer.
As a film, Delirium in Restaurant “Romance” does a lot of things right and falls short in other areas. Delirium is a well-defined story, and the time Compañía Delirio spent performing it worldwide comes across in the short film. However, I will say I did get a sense that, at some moments, the cast may have been thrown off by the cameras as opposed to the comfortable feel one gets from performing live on stage.
The costumes and production values we spot on and visually help bring audiences into the story being told. In reading the story of how Delirium in Restaurant “Romance” came to be easy to see what the filmmakers describe as a celebration of “the spirit of independent art and cultural exchange.” It’s a beautiful and tastefully erotic exploration of romance.
The cast of Compañía Delirio includes Daniel Adamo, Gisela Viera, Manuela Cid, Toluz Chediex, Crisol Quirós Vasquez, Teddy Boussengui, Marta Alzate Arsuaga, Dorien Keymis, and Rocío Badoza Menduiña.
For screening information, visit the Delirium in Restaurant “Romance” official website.
First appear at Delirium in Restaurant “Romance” (Delirio en el Restaurante “El Romance”)