The company behind the award winning show Pippin, Les 7 Doigts (The 7 Fingers), has created a beautiful show that contains entertaining acrobatics and heartwarming stories about food.
From the start the show is interactive. During preshow the artists move around the audience talking about food, making jokes and being friendly. Throughout the show they bring a few audience members onto the stage to participate in or receive the beautiful and loving gift of food. Even though we spend our time with the cast in a unique kitchen, the show is really about the stories not the food. Their stories – which are derived from the personal stories of the cast – revolve around people and feelings they associate with the kitchen and food. They tell the stories of their childhood kitchens; how they relate to table conversation, omelettes, banana bread, chocolate, and pasta; how food is used to woo lovers and to comfort broken hearts. They share what they believe it means to be gathered at a table, and what it means to cook for another. Their stories are charming and heartwarming though they also touch on the sadness of life that finds its way into a kitchen.
As the nine artists share their stories, they also share their talents in the circus arts. Every one of them is unique and skilled in their craft. Pablo Pramparo juggles, dances and provides an intense comical spirit to the piece. We hold our breath as we watch Matias Plaul demonstrate his skill on the Chinese Pole, and entertain us with his soothing guitar. On aerial silk, Anna Kichtchenko is graceful and powerful in contrast to her lighthearted accordion playing. Gabriella Parigi is strong in her acro-dance and floor acrobatics and playful with the audience. Sidney Bateman and Melvin Diggs exhibit incredible grace, control and teamwork in their hoop-diving sequence. Heloise Bourgeois, and Anna Kackalova fly graceful and high with Mishannock Ferrero as their frequent porter.
Their incredible work is choreographed to original music and arrangements and recordings of the artists telling their stories. The set feels like a collection of Tetris blocks that serves as a kitchen as well as surface areas for acrobatics – they dance on the tables, they jump through square hoops, they climb the shelves and hang from the ceiling.
The artists are so engaging and loveable that you want to follow their every move- which proves difficult when all nine of them are doing something different. If I could, I would watch this show as often as possible. It was fun and enjoyable experience that took my breath away over and over again.
Cuisine & Confessions will play seven performances, as follows: April 11 – 14 at 7:30 pm; April 15 at 2 and 8 pm; and April 16 at 3 pm. Tickets are $45 – $99 and may be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012