“Would you have dinner with me?” is a (Multi)Sensational performance inspired by Egyptian and Hungarian kitchen questioning our habits of eating and willingness of sharing food
“Every time my family is gathering to have a meal together it feels like vacation .. As a tradition we used to gather every weekend .. to have breakfast together fool, beilelah and ta’mya betengan .. watching old Egyptian TV series .. every time I’m abroad I miss my mom’s food .. feeling alone and stranger sometimes .. when it comes to home sickness my mom’s food makes me feel home”
During an international volunteer program, I shared a flat with an Armenian, a Sardinian and a German friend. We cooked and ate together. Cooking the food of my own country (Hungary) created a new feeling of belonging. Tasting each other’s food felt like travelling. Sharing was an act of making a new home
When I was a child, my favorite food used to be ‘Tejbegríz’ – sweet semolina cooked in milk with cinnamon, but only the way my mother made it. After I moved out from the family house, every time I went home my mother waited me with a bowl of Tejbegríz. Unfortunately, now we live in different continents and meet very rarely, but we still have this habit. When I see, smell or hear about this food always my mother comes into my mind, and I realize how much I miss her
The first time I was outside of Egypt, I was in France for 2 month, for the last week I went to Marseilles where I was hosted by a French woman, who used to be living and working in Egypt. On the first day in the house, we had this moment where both of us were talking about life in Cairo and what makes us connected to it. We found out that we both like “Molokhia”, at this second we both realized that we miss it and we would like to have it, this is when I started to learn how to cook my favorite dish, we started looking for the ingredients in Marseilles, which made me see the city from a different perspective, see more details that I would not have known, but most importantly the connection that has developed with this French woman, which is still present till now
The performance was created by Hungarian and Egyptian artists.
Project management: Fanni Nánay, Narimane Abouelseoud
Supported by: Balassi Institute, Cairo; Townhouse Gallery; Imre Zoltán Program (IZP) of the Hungarian National Cultural Foundation (NKA); Nassim el-Raqs Festival, Alexandria; Placcc Festival, Budapest
This performance is a collaboration with Ziggurat Project & Townhouse Residency Program.
For more information about the performance, visit event page.
\\The Residency Program\\
The Townhouse Residency program aims to provide studio spaces for independent artistic research, experimentation and production, offering 10 newly furnished studios for national and international artists, curators and writers pursuing independent projects.
Ziggurat Project is an independent, interdisciplinary art collective based in Budapest, Hungary, but involved in many international cooperations. Ten artists from the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual and digital arts work project based, but continuously within the company. In the main focus of Ziggurat Project are socially conscious, site-sensitive or site-specific performances connecting different forms of art in non-conventional public or private spaces. In the past three years the company participated in international cooperations such as Picture Project (HU, NO), FAR – Fight Against Radicalisation (HU), Performing Arts residency of Visegrad Fund (SK), and presented works for PLACCC festival (HU), Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (HU), European Parliament, Strasbourg – EYE2018 (FR), Art&Tech Days Kosice (SK), White Night (SK), Spotter Trip (A), Valley of Arts (HU), Let me in Performing Arts Festival (DE), L1dance Fest (HU), etc.