I Prefer Eating When I’m with You

2024 - Ongoing
‘I Prefer Eating When I'm With You’ is a performance exploring the significance of human connection through the act of communal dining. In this experiential piece, ten strangers are brought together and connected to one another by their wrists as they partake in a shared meal. Through its blend of humour and absurdity, the performance shines a spotlight on the relationship between loneliness and the communal experience of eating.

‘I Prefer Eating When I'm With You’ prompts us to consider the significance of shared meals in our lives. Amidst everyday life, the simple act of breaking bread together often goes unnoticed, yet it holds the power to nourish us not only physically, but also emotionally and socially. Through the physical tethering of participants, ‘I Prefer Eating When I'm With You’ creates a palpable sense of interconnectedness, emphasising the inherent human need for companionship and belonging. As the participants engage in conversation and share food, the boundaries between strangers blur, giving way to moments of genuine connection and camaraderie.

Beyond its surface humour, the performance serves as a reminder of the transformative power of shared experiences. It challenges viewers to reevaluate their perceptions of communal eating, urging them to recognise its impact on our well-being and sense of fulfilment. In essence, ‘I Prefer Eating When I'm With You’ is a heartfelt exploration of human connection, loneliness, and the enduring power of shared meals to bridge the gap between strangers and cultivate a sense of belonging in an increasingly disconnected world.
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