Rala: Feast of the Peasant

Happening/Curation 8.3.19

Menu: Nilo Yamamoto & Raissa Zimina, Phillip Rupp & Bruno Stebler, Tereza Glazova & Luca Büchler, Alice Gilardi, Roman Selim Khereddine, Massimiliano Rossetto, Shamiran Istifan, Judit Kis & Dominika Trapp, Stefan Stojanović, Andrea Raemy, Julia Nusser, White Pulse, Ishita Chakraborty, Pilar de la Vega, Tatum Rush, Riccardo Lisi, Giulia Rossini, Jonathan Steiger, Simon Wiener & Leo Marcionetti, Amadeus Thiemann, Sean Meaders, Daniel Zahnd, Sultan Coban, Glauco Cataldo, Alina Kopytsa, Estela Gless
Music: DJ Laradona, DJ Coco Schwarz, Dane Hung Aske Lyck & Silard, LÆIF Andri Schatz

In March RETA dared a stroll out of Toni Areal and held the hottest non-exclusive, never-the-less sophisticated Gala spin-off. 

An evening of continuous performative menu program, music, food and interventions starting right at the entrance, circling around the private location avail- able for the night, culminating in a sweet dancing dessert! Anybody say RAVE? The guests were served accordingly. The”dinner”acted here rather as a metaphorical term and symbolized a creative tasting, instead of an à la discretion open buffet.
The event took form of a formally melodramatic, imperfect happening of partially comestible and caricatural entertainment by the name of Rala: Feast of the Peasant. A fantastic menu was com- posed, in order to counter the invitee’s culinary as well as epistemological expectations, through a dinnertime diver- sion. Installation of conceptual food art have been set up on the main table, while other artists and musicians acted within the performative stage set up in the back.
All event was moderated by a professional actor. Entremets have been a part of formal dinners since the middle ages and beyond, deriving their identity not only from their inherent qualities but their liminal placement in between courses as well. Frequently they blurred the boundaries that have come to seem impassible, crossing borders between the secular and sacred, utilising the three dimensions of the visual, culinary and performing arts such as in Feast of the Pheasant host- ed by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy on the 17th of February 1454 in Lille. In order to subvert this spectacle, RETA held it’s very own radically inclusive Feast of the Peasant. The feast was followed by a dance dessert, with local DJs/Electronic Live Acts con- ducting us through audio-landscapes into the meditative darkness of night.

According to structuralist anthropologists, food must be not only “good to eat” but also “good to think”. We intended to entertain our guests, and simultaneously question the very formalities performed.