YOKOMESHI: A Meal Eaten Sideways Performance

YOKOMESHI: A Meal Eaten Sideways Performance

Yokomeshi Santa Fe Performance

The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) will be hosting a live performance of “Yokomeshi: a meal eaten sideways” on November 15 and 16 at the CCA Studio Theater.  Yoko Meshi is a Japanese phrase which describes the stress of trying to speak a foreign language (like when you move to or visit a foreign country and don’t know the language). There is a second meaning of Yoko Meshi, which is a meal eaten while speaking a foreign language. “Yokomeshi: a meal eaten sideways” is a live lecture-meets-puppet performance created by artist Dorothy Melander-Dayton. The performance piece asks if it is possible to have a meaningful cultural exchange that is rooted in these global systems, and what that looks like.

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The performance uses miniatures, dolls, and live-feed video.  “Yokomeshi: a meal eaten sideways” takes the audience on a journey of discovery from the perspective of the foreigner, confronting and interrogating the role of the artist in a globalized world. How? By presenting a miniature world on a tabletop to be controlled and manipulated by the god-like hands of the performer, Dorothy Melander-Dayton.

Dorothy Melander-Dayton is a theater maker and designer. She obtained her Masters in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London in 2014, where she co-founded the theater company Mapped Productions. She created this performance while staying in Japan.

Performance Details:

Dates: Thursday and Friday, November 15-16.
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $10. CCA Members are $5.
Where: The Studio Theater at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

Photo by Melanie Teresa Bohrer