A Taste of Empire
A culinary exploration of global food domination and the conquest for our appetites, back for a second time!
Written and Performed by Jovanni Sy
Original Production directed by Guillermo Verdecchia
Video Design by David Yee
With support from the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems @ UBC Farm, the Liu Institute for Global Issues @ UBC, and the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
We are what we eat. But where does it come from? How does it get here? A wacky and fun culinary exploration of global food domination and the conquest for our appetites.
Everything we eat tells a story. While cooking a traditional Filipino dish in real time, writer/performer Jovanni Sy takes us on an entertaining and thought-provoking trip through history as he weaves stories of conquest, imperialistic desires, and colonialism through the construction (and deconstruction) of the Rellenong Bangus. Audiences will immerse themselves in the tantalizing aromas of a kitchen, and a tasting plate is served at the conclusion of the piece. A Taste of Empire is truly a feast for the mind and the palate.
DATES and PERFORMANCE TIMES: November 17, 20, 26-28 @ 7pm / November 18 and 19 @ 2pm
VENUES: November 17 and 18 (Liu Institute for Global Issues @ UBC – 6476 North West Marine Drive, V6T 1Z2) / November 19 and 20 (UBC Farm – 3461 Ross Drive, V6T 1W5) / November 26 – 28 (The Fishbowl on Granville Island – 1398 Cartwright Street, V6H 3R8)
DURATION: 90 minutes
This project is supported by Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of BC, City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver Fish Company, and the Georgia Straight.
** Food served during this event may contain nuts, dairy, gluten, seafood, shellfish, and other allergens. Please note that there is an ALLERGY WARNING for this production. Feel free to contact Associate Producer Intern Ming Hudson if you have further questions.
Photos by Keith Barker