The Restaurant of Many Orders
OFFICIAL SELECTION: for the NZ National Exhibition in The Prague Quadrennial 2007, and World Stage Design exhibition 2009
Two hunters discover a restaurant deep in the forest. Within, they are asked to follow a series of strange requests. As these orders become more and more unusual, the hunters realise they are not being prepared to eat: they are being prepared to be eaten. Based on a short story written in 1924 by Japanese fabulist Kenji Miyazawa: ‘The Restaurant of Many Orders’ is a multimedia performance that taps into many contemporary universal experiences where the order, and orderliness becomes a device for atrocity. Combining dance, theatre, music, scenography and food it tells a darkly comic tale of hunger and trickery.
The Restaurant of Many Orders is an ‘international work in progress’ (T. Chimenti, Corriere di Firenze) that to date spans four countries and seven cities around the world. In each new context it adapts to the unique set of circumstances specific to that particular place and moment in time. Characterisations, objects, choreography, actions and scenic sequences have evolved in response to each new venue in the world tour of this production.
Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Theatre, London, UK (9-11 June 2004)
Te Whaea National Centre for Dance and Drama, Wellington, New Zealand (14-22 April 2005)
Teatro Studio di Scandicci, Florence, Italy (17-18 January 2007)
Officina Giovane, Prato, Italy (23 January 2007)
Istituto Giapponese di Cultura, Rome, Italy (1-2 February 2007)
Director/Designer, Sam Trubridge
Producer, Alessio Romani
Choreography/Dance, Tracy Zanelli with Dorit Schwartz and Tania Crow
Performers, Mark Tintner, Lee Geraint, Arthur Meek, Alan Henry, Tommaso Taddei, and Carlo Salvador
Lighting Designers, Kitty Owen, Laurie Dean,and Marco Falai
Music by Bevan Smith, Andrew Thomas and Francesca Mountfort
The Italian production and tour was developed in partnership with Gogmagog Theatre, and presented by the Japanese Institute of Culture (Rome) in association with the NZ Embassy, Teatro Studio di Scandicci, Regione di Toscana, Comune di Scandicci, and Comune di Prato.