The guilty pleasures of gluttony, the association of food and madness, the blending of frivolity and sensuality. One of the most extraordinary evenings of my life, this event was all about the senses.
From tableaux vivant in the alcoves declaiming the joys of bread, milk and fruit to the carnal pleasures of Salome dancing, from a scene from The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover aligning sex and cannibalism to eating sashimi from a naked Barbie doll… there was no way we were going to be allowed to just eat, drink and make merry. Like lambs to the slaughter we were led unknowing from room to room and assailed by something new in each space, something that demanded attention and response, whether it was a skinned cow head or a rubber glove with which we were invited to use our fingers to eat a gold-leafed chocolate cake.
I don’t want to mention the highlights in details for fear of giving too much away… the innocence of the experience is an intrinsic part and I’m hoping that many more innocents will have the opportunity to experience this fabulous, barmy, thrilling, challenging, enlightening and downright fun evening. Again, please!
The Beautiful Feast was held at Cape Town City Hall on 10 December 2011. A production by Artistic Director and chef Peter Hayes, it was the culminating event of GIPCA’s The Beautiful Project, a weekend of performances, talks and film screenings examining the issue of beauty.