Project: “El Banquete de las Palabras”. 1st Edition: “Panática”
Date: October 2014
There is more than words. Last October 23rd, at La Sucursal restaurant in Valencia “EL BANQUETE DE LAS PALABRAS” was presented, a journey of senses, joining taste, sight, hearing and smell... a multisensorial experience, a musical-poetic, gastronomic and aesthetic experiment, it was devised by “Los Versonautas”, who counted on our studio workshop to put the scene together.
What is ‘EL BANQUETE DE LAS PALABRAS?. Acording to Montaigne," man is an animal that cooks". With this idea, “Los Versonautas” presented ‘El Banquete de les Palabras’, a journey of poetry, music and gastronomy, where prestigious and universal writers recall its funny side with texts about food and the Art of cooking. Selected poems are fused with improvised and arranged music, created for each text using an intuitive combination orchestrated by Ana Sanahuja on the keyboard and Roqui Albero on with the trumpet. This time the “Versonautas”´s ship landed in “La Sucursal”, whose team prepared a gastronomic interpretation of poems by prestigious authors like Pablo Neruda, Nicolás de Guillén, Rafael Alberti, Vicent Andrés Estellés, Santiago Rusiñol, León Felipe or the multitalent Alain Ducasse with ‘Poema Gourmand’. In addition, this first edition, ‘Panática’, was able to count on the special participation of the renowned baker Jesús Machí.
STAGING/DESING OF THE SURROUNDINGS. We worked to create an appropriate atmosphere to contextualize this multisensorial experience. The objective was to highlight the musical-poetic-gastronomic work, that is to say a euphony exercise, metaphorically speaking; a discreet, elegant work, and capable with blurring into the show.
This is an artistic installation which joins the space to the table, the dinner seen as a ritual. As interior designers we ask ourselves if the space matters, or if it is guilty in some way of creating olfactory or gustative stimulis. In the same way we are worried about the sound, whether there is music like or not, and to treat it appropriately is the key of the environmental comfort. There were some excellent technical staff to make sure we could listen to the music and the poems in the best way.
It was like doing interior design but on another scale, we worked with each table as though it were a small stage, at the same time linking them with the other tables or mini-stages, and with the container too. In this way, on the ceiling it was possible to see the subtle reflection produced by the light projected over hexagonal mirrors situated over the tablecloth, with monosyllabic wooden words used to identify each table. Through the mirrors, it was possible to read on the ceiling, words reversed from the poem “Gourmand” by Alain Ducasse.
The hexagonal shape is the symbol of acontainer. In this case it caught the words from the ceiling and the atmosphere created by the lighting, fused together with knives, words, glasses, food... Besides this, according to the mathematician M. Schneider, the hexagonal shape includes the triad mesage : structure-function-order.
The performance of the typist woman (the“tía Isabel”), surounded by poems and recipes, or recipes that are poems and vice versa, showed people were there for more than to have dinner . The typing sound is the reception music, suggesting what is to come.