Meet The Bedlam Artists: Marlena Dali

The Rogues occasionally develop artistic crushes and Marlena Dali is the face of Bedlam Cabaret Mardi Gras for this very reason – we’ve been crushing on their work for ages! So here’s our 5 little questions to get to know Marlena better….

Who is Marlena Dali and what do you do?
Marlena Dalí is a name given to me by an ex-lover/ex-boss because I had to replace my previous name, Gsus (pronounced Jesus) Christ. She belonged to a cult and I had to join the cult, and I couldn’t have the name of another deity. Also, apparently the name Gsus isn’t marketable (?). So, she combined my birth name Marlena with Salvador Dalí and it sounds kind of like “Mohammad Ali” and I am a fan of him, as well as Dolly Parton. So I guess that’s who Marlena Dalí is: a mishmash of queer and rebellious icons that fit together in a fever dream of circus, drag, and frivolity. True story._LRP7062.JPG

What I do is, I try to present and perform very unlikeable or grotesque things and convince people to love me for it somehow. I think it’s a lesson in compassion and sensuality.

What inspires your performances?

Animals, dead rock stars, and 1 living (for now) rock star.

Your version of happiness is?
Cat is nice.


Besides Bedlam, how will you be celebrating the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras?

Baking an apple pie with Crisco, reading Yuri on Ice fan fiction, crying.

Describe your Bedlam performance in 3 words. 

Leather, Daddy, Swallow

Don’t miss Marlena Dali’s performance at Bedlam on Wed 28th Feb at Marrickville’s Red Rattler – tickets on sale now here!

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