SEA MEAL  
Cooking in preparation for the end of the world

Can you save the world by cooking? Sien Vanmaele looks for solutions to allay her concerns about the planet. Her quest begins at the seaside, where she is from and where all life originates. She takes the audience on a sensory journey along beaches and cliffs, reports on encounters with seaweed harvesters and saline farmers and filters the plastic pollution from her city life. She has you look, listen, smell, feel and taste, but also cut, crush and mix.

SEA MEAL is an evening of hope, a connecting dinner in which we discover new ways of looking at our stormy reality.

Sien is no newcomer to the theatre. With Laika she has already created the food performances Witlof from Syria (2017) and Cooking workshops in preparation for the end of the world (2021). SEA MEAL is the first part of a trilogy about caring for tomorrow’s world. The second part, LAND MEAL, premiered at festival BLOK-BLOC 2023. Later AIR MEAL will follow.

The Flemish and Dutch Theaterfestivals, which select the best shows of the past season, have both nominated the first part of the trilogy, SEA MEAL, for their 2023 edition.

At the start of the performance, you will be asked to stow any mobile devices away under your chair. The performance is entirely plant-based.

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Laika/Sien Vanmaele COPRODUCED WITH Theaterproductiehuis Zeelandia/Zeeland NazomerfestivalVlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke GrondLe Channel, scène nationale de Calais and Perpodium WITH THE SUPPORT OF the Flemish Community and the Federal Belgian Government's Tax Shelter scheme  |  SCRIPT AND CAST Sien Vanmaele SENSORY CONCEPT Peter De Bie and Sien Vanmaele DIRECTOR Jo Roets MUSIC Jason Dousselaere SET Studio Kuurjeus and Peter De Bie COSTUMES Manuela Lauwers DRAMATURGY Mieke Versyp KITCHEN Sara Sampelayo, Helena Verbeeck and Annelotte Van Aarst LIGHTING Thomas Stevens TECHNICIANS AND PRODUCTION Anton Van Haver, Rik Van Gysegem, Tom Van den Brande, Robin Angst, Dag Jennes and Pieter Smet WITH THANKS TO Cronos Invest, Knockvologan Studies, Kunstencentrum KAAP, Oerol Festival, Zilt en Zoet, WildWier, SeaLeaf and RICO LAB.
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August 2022
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September 2022
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Hansa Watersport
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Hasselt
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Amsterdam
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January 2023
Eindhoven
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September 2023
Amsterdam
Nederlands Theater Festival
De Brakke Grond +31-6-55750769
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Het Theaterfestival
CC 't Vondel
Su10/0918:30
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Bornem
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Sint-Niklaas
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October 2023
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March 2024
Gent
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Calais
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Deinze
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May 2024
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Verkadefabriek
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Maubeuge
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Espace Casadesus
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Press
29/05/2023
"Disarming, yet anything but naive. Generous, though drawn from great self-awareness. Full, but nowhere lavish. SEA MEAL taps into a new world."
18/05/2023
"How should we respond to climate change? With SEA MEAL, Sien Vanmaele takes an unparalleled foray in an attempt to find answers to this question."
24/08/2022
"Tantalizing table theatre."
08/07/2022
"To eat differently is to live differently. That’s the hopeful message you take home with you. An outing to the sea will never be the same again. "
05/07/2022
"Laika's years of experience in culinary theatre boost Vanmaele's language, both visually and content wise."
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