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La Gran Drama-Tisch: Three Fantasy Meals

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

A Photo -Textual Revival

Photos by Dico Baskoro & Agostina Cerdán
Texts by Lalo Gomes

Berlin. Summer 2021. A wide array of people with different backgrounds, transferable skills, sources of inspiration and creative processes joined Lalo Gomes (LaLoVe's Kitchen), Pepe Dayaw (Nowhere Kitchen) and Ariel W. Orah (Soy Division) for a parade of culinary performances in Neukölln-Schillerkiez. Their collective project consisted in turning this increasingly privatized urban landscape into a fictive pancultural village, which involved organizing a kaleidoscopic moving fiesta, in which all the ingredients ended up producing a messy and ephemeral model for easing physical and emotional boundaries between people.

The Initiators:

Pepe Dayaw (Nowhere Kitchen), Lalo Gomes (LaLove's Kitchen) & Ariel W. Orah (Soy Division)

Into three main stations: The Procession, The Stage and The Installation, they mashed social dances, clothing collages, opera burlesque, live spoken words, cantata, street theatre concrete music and performative installation as well as food-sharing. They rounded-off each station by serving one of the three-course meals: Entrée, Plato Fuerte and Nachtisch respectively.

The Plans:

Original approved by Fonds DAKU & VZ-Plan approved by Ordnungsamt

Estimated +250 in attendance overall, this culinary-themed ensemble went on for +8 hours where events were cost-free all and food openly to those who had tickets or made donations. Guests, neighborhood residents and all passersby also play a role in the making of the story, both actively and passively. Nearing the end, the crowd was lively, and Oh My Choir & Passiflora Live performed an open-air closing concert with overabundance gusto.

The poster image:

Original painting made by Venezuelan-based artist Carlos Luis Sánchez Becerra


The Procession & Entrée by Nowhere Kitchen

14:00 - 14:30

Herrfurthplatz, Genezarethkirche

14:30 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:30

Herrfurthstraße corner Lichtenrader Str.

15:30 - 16:00

Herrfurthstraße corner Lichtenrader Str.

The Stage & Plato Fuerte by LaLove's Kitchen

16:00 - 16:30

Herrfurthstraße corner Lichtenrader Str.

16:30 - 17:00

Lichtenrader Str.

17:00 - 17:30

Lichtenrader Str.

The Stage & Plato Fuerte by LaLove's Kitchen

17:30 - 18:00