„Food must not only be good to eat, but also good to think" is one of the most famous statements by Claude Lévi-Strauss – the creator of modern anthropology and tireless researcher of culinary myths, taboos and tribal structures. Food shapes society, determines the categories in which we think and talk about the world, sets the boundaries between the rich and the poor, the insiders and the ignorant.
Food divides us into factions, social classes, generations, even the traditional category of a nation is now often reinterpreted through the lens of regional flavours. The Instagram and the television cooking shows have brought us to an era of fascination with food and consumption for show. At the same time, the availability of information on the imminent climate disaster, the horrifying conditions of battery farming, or the implications of an unhealthy diet means that food is increasingly linked to the category of responsibility. Am I entitled to eat what I eat? What consequences do my everyday choices have for nature and my own body?
Our performance will focus on food, or sometimes even grub. On what we enjoy, devour, consume, ingest, gobble up... How did it end up in our basket, fridge and on our table? Where has it come from and at what cost?
Our task is to create a theatrical bridge between the everyday reality of consumption acts and global processes; to point out the unobvious links between a visit to a supermarket and a selfie taken in a trendy restaurant; shopping in an organic food market and cyclones ravaging the coasts of a remote country; your small fridge and the largest battery farm in Europe.
The play uses quotations from Anthony Warner’s book ‘The Angry Chef’ translated by Katarzyna Makaruk.