Co-produced by NYU Skirball and The Invisible Dog, Eva Doumbia’s Autophagies (Self-Eaters) combines theater and aromas, music and flavors into a hybrid experience centered around cooking. It is also a reminder of the colonial histories still at play in today’s kitchens. Doumbia encourages us to think about the political dimension of food, reflecting with humor and tenderness on its origins, modes of culture and foodstuffs.
A chef, a musician, a dancer and a mistress of ceremony lead us to a kitchen somewhere between Africa and Europe, where ingredients come together for a great celebration of the senses. Without ever resorting to moralizing, Autophagies simply proposes to “eat consciously”: to take our daily habits and our prejudices as a starting point for a broader reflection. At the end of the performance, audiences will be treated to tastings of the food prepared on stage.
This performance takes place at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 16+.
The daughter of an immigrant worker and the granddaughter of a railway worker, Eva Doumbia considers herself to be of mixed cultural and social background. After training in literature and directing, she founded her company La Part du Pauvre in Marseille in 2000, which was soon followed by the company Nana Triban, based in Abidjan. Now based in Le Havre, where she is originally from, her theater explores both the classical dramatic repertoire and contemporary writing in the French-speaking world.
The Invisible Dog Art Center, located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, is dedicated to the integration of innovation in the arts with profound respect for the past. Housed in an 1863, three-story former factory building, its 30,000 square foot facility was the site of various industrial endeavors. The rawness of the space is vital to the company’s identity. theinvisibledog.org
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NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and by Howard Gilman Foundation; FACE Contemporary Theater and FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), programs of FACE Foundation in partnership with Villa Albertine; General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA; Collins Building Services; Korean Cultural Center New York, Norwegian Consulate General in New York; Marta Heflin Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Aaron Copland Fund for Music; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Stage Pass Fund support.