May Contain Food review – half-baked swipe at food fixation

The Place, London
Luca Silvestrini’s satire on faddish eating is inventive but not quite food for thought

Anxieties related to eating, diet and restaurant protocol are something of a first-world issue, and when those anxieties are translated into contemporary dance, set to an a cappella and plainchant score, and performed at a niche metropolitan venue, you have an event whose multiple layers of fashionability, self-reference and irony are not easily teased apart.

May Contain Food, created by the choreographer and director Luca Silvestrini, seats its audience at tables around the Place’s performance space. There, we are “served” by Protein’s personable eight-strong cast, who dance and swoop around the room while delivering resistible appetisers (raw greens, cold rice) and idiosyncratic lyrics. We are invited to examine “the specials on the blackboard” – there isn’t a blackboard – before being served “an aperitif heritage fruit” (a cherry tomato), which we are advised to roll into our eye-sockets, hold to our ears (“listen to the tomato”), then chew 21 times.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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