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The Waldorf Project's seven-course immersive dining experience is a feast for all the senses

Kyra Hanson

Sensory reactions, architectural soundscapes and intuitive fabrics are the order of the day at this strange banquet hosted by The Waldorf Project at Here East in Stratford. 

Chapter three of this weird blend of performance art, food and heightened emotion will take you on a seven-course immersive dining experience. Not Waving has created a soundscape to compliment both the food and the architecture, and the choreography of the performers is designed to alter your emotional state (like all good art should), and what of the menu? The seven courses consists of a vague combination of proteins, fibres, carbs and alcohol with the titles cleanse, decontamination, journey, ritual, rebirth, succumb, and communion. Intrigued yet?

The immersive dining experience is the workings of a food designer, a choreographer, a production designer, a costume designer, a product designer, and a sound designer, who are all directed and orchestrated by artist Sean Rogg. The idea is to 'test your responses and emotions, imposing feelings of tension, discomfort, fear, intrigue and bliss.' Yikes! This edition has been more than two years in the making, so it's bound to be an unforgettable experience and definitely more fun than a night in with a takeaway.

November 10 - November 13, November 15 - November 20. 7pm. Here East is at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3BS. Tickets: £79.

Disclaimer: The performance requires you to dress entirely in black and if you suffer from Nyctophobia (fear of the dark), Claustrophobia (fear of closed spaces) or fear physical interaction, then this experience may not be for you.


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