food for thought

The Club
February 16 - 25, 2007
Friday & Saturday at 10:00pm
Sunday at 5:30pm
Tickets $15

A new piece by Kim Ima and Onni Johnson



"... nourishment for body and soul makes for very satisfying theatre."
- Kerri Allen, Backstage

Created and performed and cooked by the company!
Featuring Eclectric Cast and special guests

Carla Bosnjak, Slavco Bosnjak, Kim Ima, Onni Johnson and Chris Wild. With Special Guests Kendall Cornell, Alfonso Cid and Eduardo Garcia of Gazpacho Andalu, Bill Ruyle, Christofer Lovrin, Alfrida Tozieva, Rubens Dimanovski and Nora Jacobs.



Pull a chair up to the table of this "theatrical tasting device."  "Food For Thought" by Kim Ima and Onni Johnson is an interactive theatrical event with live music, actors, special guest performers and…food."  In the setting of the Club at La MaMa,  the audience is invited to join the company in their world of yearnings, culinary and otherwise.  Don't be surprised if you are asked to sample some food.  Don't be surprised if you ask for more.  Chances are they will happily oblige.

An eager woman in a bubushka from an imagined land tries to please the crowd with a cookie.  Another teaches us all the finer points of eating an apple.  A Croatian man paints a picture of what he would show us of his village if he could.   Music and the smell of cooking food bring the audience and company together for the ending celebration and tasting.

There are special guests at each performance.  Every night, the wonderful clown, Kendall Cornell, performs a flamenco act in a night club setting.   Musical guests  Alfonso Cid and Eduardo Garcia, of the group Gazpacho Andalu, will perform February 16,17,18 and 25.  Bill Ruyle will perform February 23 and 24.  Slavko Bosnjak and his Croatian fusion band appear at every performance.

The piece was created by the company of performers: Carla Bosnjak, Slavko Bosnjak, Kim Ima, Onni Johnson and Chris Wild.  The special guests include Kendall Cornell, Alfonso Cid and Gazpacho Andalu, Chris Lovrin and other guest musicians.

Kim Ima and Onni Johnson were the team behind the dance theatre work at La MaMa  last season, "Travels, Tours and One-Night Stands."  Kim Ima has a multidisciplinary career, which includes producing and directing and performing in her own works, like "Travels, Tours and One-Night Stands" and "The Interlude" at La MaMa E.T.C. , performing in many of the Great Jones Rep shows, including playing Cassandra in "Fragments of a Greek Trilogy" directed by Andrei Serban and composed by Elizabeth Swados, and producing the feature film, Robot Stories (which the Village Voice called "a genuinely stirring indie rarity") and short films like "All Amateur Ecstasy" and "The Happy Hamptons Holiday Camp for Troubled Couples."  Onni Johnson's credits include "Travels, Tours and One-Night Stands" and many of the Great Jones Rep shows., including playing Hecuba and many key roles in "Fragments of a Greek Trilogy" directed by Andrei Serban and composed by Elizabeth Swados.

Special guests include the Flamenco musician, Alfonso Cid.  Alfonso Cid has played with Flamenco artists, such as: Pilar Rioja, Andrea Del Conte, Nelida Tirado, Sara Erde, La Conja, José Junco, Oscar Valero, Carmen Romero, Edwin Aparicio, to name a few. Flamenco guitarists: Chuscales, Arturo Martínez, Pedro Cortés, Carlos Rubio, Roberto Castellón, Carlos Revollar, Miguel de la Bastide. He has performed in the following venues: Town Hall with the World Music Institute, London's Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sala Covarrubias in Mexico City, Carnegie Hall ( Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall) , Joyce Theater, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, Caramoor music festival, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, The Spanish Theatre Repertory, Thalia Spanish Theatre, The Theater for the New City, El Taller Latino Americano and many of the flamenco tablaos throughout the tri-state area.  His group, Gazpacho Andalú, uses the rhythms and textures of North African, Caribbean and Hispanic American music, blending them into the language of this Andalusian art form.  You can buy their cd on their website, gazpachoandalu.com.

Special guest, Kendall Cornell creates and performs clown work in New York City and abroad.  Her solo clown work includes The Maneater,  Glamourpuss,  Pink Salome, The Invisible Woman, Flamenco Girl, Teeny-Weeny Yogini, The Wallflower, and P.S. de la Resistance. With other women clowns she appeared in the full length shows Working Without Annette and The Holiday Show and appeared on the mainstage at the International Festival de Pallasses.  She has studied and worked with the best clowns and clown teachers in the world, including Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Ami Hattab, and Angela de Castro.  Kendall has taught clown and performance in Europe and NYC, directed fledgling clowns in The Clown Pageant, and assisted director David Shiner on the U.S. version of the circus-theatre spectacle, Pomp, Duck and Circumstance. Most recently, she clowned with her Soon-To-Be-World-Famous Women's Clown Troupe for the already world famous Cirque du Soleil.  Other special guests include Croatian musicians and guest cooks.

The "Food for Thought" company is an eclectic mix of performers and musicians who all share a love of food and a curiosity for what each member brings to the table.   At each performance, the audience will be able to sample the food, including some that is cooked during the show.  On some nights, molé will be served.  On others, guest cooks decide the menu.

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