Dinner With America

Rajni Shah

Mon 06 Apr 2009
Tue 07 Apr 2009

LABAN Theatre

Dinner with America addresses the complexities of cultural identity in the 21st century and pushes our thinking about what ‘America’ means to us. Created during the era when George W. Bush was President of the United States, the performance provides a gentle but provocative insight into a defining moment in the country’s history. As the performance space transforms and shifts through extraordinary images, it gently uncovers sub-themes of consumerism, rights, ownership, voices, hopes, harvest and division, leading to a finale which delightfully embraces its audience in a shared meal.

Rajni Shah has been creating and directing original performance work since 1999. Her work ranges from large-scale performance installations made through an in-depth collaborative process to small solo interventions in public spaces. She has performed in the UK, Europe and USA, including the National Review of Live Art, Alternate ROOTS, Tanzquartier Wien, Arnolfini Bristol, Nuffield Lancaster, Chisenhale Dance Space and the Chelsea Theatre.

The piece is made and performed in collaboration with costume designer Lucille Acevedo-Jones and film and video artist Lucy Cash, with original lighting design by Cis O’Boyle and technical operation by Steve Wald.

Soundtrack features: interviews with Alice Lovelace, Bailey Barash, Ben Bryson, Bradley Kimball, Carrie Elzey, Chip Epsten, Deshantell Singleton, Eleanor Brownfield, Grady Harris, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Imani Davis, James Gough, Jan Smith, Jean-Marie Mauclet, Jeff Mather, Jerry Cullum, Katy Malone, Lily Trapkin, Linda Norton, Lucille Schmidt, Madison Trapkin, Nicholas B. Schmidt, Philip Trapkin, Priscilla Smith, Ruth Laxson, Samuel Thompson, Stevens and Ronnog Seaberg, Tia Davis, Tim Habeger, Toby Schmidt and Zion Davis. Plus a specially commissioned work by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.