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BLUE HAMMER: A Trans-Historical-Post-Colonial-Dinner-Theatre-Burlesque:
This performance project unfolds in a late-night cable television studio, between two live broadcasts: a cooking show, HOT POT, and BLUE HAMMER, presented by a host who professes to have toured Africa during the Mau-Mau uprising in Kenya and the Belgium occupation of the Congo. His name is Vin Pays and he believes there is a vivid connection between the Jacobean play he performed, The White Devil, and colonial Africa. A guest joins him, the former leading-lady of the African tour [and of Hammer Horror films] named Tabula Rasa, who appears only to disrupt and dispel, an angel of death whose memories of Africa are harder to maintain than Vin’s nostalgia. We feature three live video feeds, including GPS analysis, a prototype portable kitchen, custom porcelain bowls, a reading library of ephemera, and an on-site food anthropologist. Inspired by 1950’s dinner theaters, Blue Hammer aims to be a convivial intervention on the claims of history and the demands of the future. With ramps, morels and asparagus. Each night, post-performance, a dinner will be served to the 20 members of the audience in custom produced porcelain bowls. Supported by a Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant, Creative Material Group hopes this premier performance will seed the beginning of a long-term dinner theater in Portland, incubating and presenting new performance works in collaboration chefs, bakers and farmers.

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December 22, 2008 at 3:22 am

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