THE MOST AMAZING STORIES OF A DAUGHTER
a live performance about sugar, addiction, absence and maternal love
Stories of a relationship between a mother and a daughter, the performance is based on the meals my mother and I had used in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this piece I look into the last time I talked with her while she was cooking ‘brigadeiro’, a traditional Brazilian sweet for my 9th birthday party.
While I am frying ‘pastéis’ and sniffing lines of different types sugar, the audience joins an intimate dialogue in a kitchen exchanging stories about junk food, sugar, sex, addictions, absences and maternal love.
I developed the live performance The most amazing stories of a daughter in order to discuss the relation between the affection and sugar. The social and parental relation and also the domination throughout food and sugar in a question of feelings which is also related with capitalism.
While I cook and share my own stories, I invite the audience to reflect upon this strong dependence on sugar. Looking for something throughout the sugar, the compulsive drive to consume as an expression of a longing for love, care, nurturing and often deeper things like safety, belonging, emotional intimacy and validation.
* This project receives funding (authorized) from the Projektförderung of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
2017: Atelierhaus der Akademie der Bildende Künste Vienna, Vienna, Austria
2016: RAW MATTERS at Schikaneder, Vienna, Austria
‘…everybody squeeze in the space and take place in a long table, or wherever they could find a place to stand. A young lady in black dress is welcoming us to her kitchen.
She is Camila at the age of 5 or perhaps 6. She’s Brazilian and her parents were good friends… After school she goes home and cook herself a meal her mother prepared before. She watches a lot of TV:
– one might not have money, but one always have TV… at least one –
When she gets bored visits her neighbor.
The audience listen to her good mood told story, laughing in a nervous confusion… is it really amusing?
A smart way to process food, to process childhood.’ Lala Nomada, performance artist.