Female equality and sexuality, a six-course meat-based dinner and thought-provoking modern dance come together in an evening that positively explores female bodies in a safe and entertaining space.
At the event, dancers perform on the dining tables while attendees are eating, wearing risqué underwear to celebrate female sexuality and sexual adventurousness.
An Evening Of Meat is being performed at The Vaults in Waterloo by director Kate March and her all-female creative collective I AM. It’s been performed in Hong Kong, Sydney and Berlin, and is running in London until June 2 with tickets starting from £35.
After being welcomed into an area filled with literal smoke and mirrors, guests are invited to sit at the table where the dancers lay, sleeping.
Six courses of meat are served, with dishes including beef carpaccio, pig’s cheek and chicken liver pâté. While you eat, the dancers writhe sinuously around you, performing headstands and other impressive acrobats atop the table. With this combination of performance art and culinary offerings, March hopes to communicate one simple message: nobody is a piece of meat.
March said that the idea of the evening was the positively explore female bodies. She created the choreography for her Masters’ dissertation in dance.
She said: ‘The most active dances – including crawling along tables quickly, doing headstands and acting in character – take place on the tables between courses. I thought that if I made this a dinner format that people can understand, maybe they will get more into it, and open their minds a little bit.
‘I think the main thing I do is that I play the sexiness from the woman’s perspective. How do I feel empowered with my body?’
March wants to smash ordinary conceptions of beauty. She said: ‘If something is provocative or sexy, it is done in a tasteful, lifting way, rather than “this is a man looking at my body, let me see how I can feed into his fantasy”, or traditional concepts of what makes someone beautiful.’
For more information head to thevaults.london.