Shadow & Light


 

Separateness is an illusion…

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“…they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave…to them…the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.”

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~Plato (Analogy of the Cave)

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We looked at stages, layers, and how we perceive reality—reading the likes of Professor David Bohn and his ‘Universe is a Hologram’ theory for inspiration.  Perhaps we are all connected….

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Mostly in shadow on seven screens surrounding the diners, a seven piece performance paralleled a seven course dinner.

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Each stage of the evening brought us through an evolution: from microbes to mind, speech, culture, culminating in a dance piece giving farewell to a departed loved one.

 

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A 17 piece chorus providing sounds and songs.


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The meal courses incorporated ancient ingredient combinations which corresponded with the (at the time—2000 B.C.) seven planets and the stages of growth which they correspond.

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In a dark room, the first course was served by hooded figures wearing headlamps.  When all were served, the headlamps were extinguished, leaving the diners entirely in darkness.  Their sense of hearing heightened to the sounds of crunching  and nervous chuckling.

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MENU

 

ONE

Fresh Laban Cheese in a Toasted Breadbox

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TWO

Savory Duck with Roasted Pear and Fig in a Phyllo Cup

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THREE

Tomato Consommé with Fresh Dill, Caraway and Homemade Fusilli Pasta

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FOUR

Saffron Rice Pilaf with Moroccan Preserved Lemon, Olives and Pistachios

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FIVE

Grilled Pork Loin Skewer with a Spicy Cherry BBQ Sauce

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Roasted Vegetable Galette

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SIX

Salad of Cucumber, Blueberries, Fresh Sage and Mint

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SEVEN

Courting Swans

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“May the food we are eating make us aware of the interconnections between the universe and us, the earth and us, and all other living species and us.”

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~Thich Nhat Hanh

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In memory of our friend Eric P. Johnson

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