Chow down!

Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz (Austria), 2019

The performance "Chow down!", shown at the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz (Austria), was performed in a Catholic church and reproduced a ceremony of farewell to a certain president of a conventional country (an allusion to Russia). The ceremony included the eating of "soil" (black porridge) and " oil" (black kissel) by the performers, with the body of the leader lying under a red flag made of berry marshmallow. The performance included a chorale of Bach, mournful speeches, based on re-edited texts of speeches by Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and others at Stalin’s funeral, and a reading from the sanctioned list of products banned for importation into Russia, stylized as a memorial mass reading. In the finale, the president came to life and gave a speech made up of the preface to the famous "Book on Tasty and Healthy Food," published during Stalin’s time.

Director: Andrei Stadnikov
Set designer: Vanya Bowden

Costumes: Shifra Kazhdan

Lighting designer: Anton Astakhov

Composer: Dmitry Vlasik

Premiere: October 11, 2019

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