Eat Me & Drink Me

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Eat Me & Drink Me was an experimental multimedia performance work jointly created by Eseohe Arhebamen, Douglas Allen, Jorge Rojas, Wura Ogunji and Rosamond King. An extension of butoh-vocal theatre workshops held by Edoheart (Eseohe Arhebamen) at New York’s multiple-OBIE award winning Living Theatre, our purpose as an ensemble stemmed from our multidisciplinary backgrounds in the arts, our united interest in experimental performance and our own sociopolitical perspectives as persons of “other” categories. Eat Me & Drink Me aimed to knit dance theater, new media and storytelling contraptions into a unique performance experience dealing with themes of perception, sacrifice and consumption. Subtitled, “a dance tour of the internet in search of meaning,” Eat Me & Drink Me was an allegory of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Eucharist and a reference to a function of celebrity in American mass media culture.

Resonating throughout our creation process from workshop to writing to movement to production were meta-realist vehicles of communion and communication, in accordance with the work of butoh dance. At our first meeting, we brought food to share. Collaboratively created characters, spatial-temporal constraints and our burgeoning friendships became semiotic tools for honest, theatrical explorations and showcase of our private goals as (public) artist-performers and additional inspiration for novel interpretations of the audience-performer relationship. With this work, we hoped to further our understanding of ourselves, the audiences’ understanding of, consumption of and use for the performer; in addition, to have expanded the environment of the performance space / stage and subject matter of performance works. Our lives were the story we told you. You are a part of our lives. Together we are a living theater.

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