A show about Mexico, roots and chocolate
Part-live cooking show, part-confessional stand-up, part-performance art, part-twisted Phil Collins tribute act — with chocolate.
Set in a TV studio cooking show, Chokolatul is an interactive show about a bittersweet relationship to hot chocolate. about roots, appropriation, family and sacrifice and growing up with dual Mexican-British heritage mixed race in the West Midlands. The audience will be invited to sample the chocolate being made live on stage by the performers
The performance interweaves recipes of chocolate — from the Mayan Mexicans cacao to the Aztec invention of 'chokolātl' (or 'bitterwaters'), to Spanish colonialism and the introduction of chocolate to Europe, before finishing at Birmingham’s famous Cadbury's chocolate factory. The audience will be invited to sample the chocolate being made live on stage by the performers.
Sebastian HW draws upon his own personal narratives of his dual heritage, to explore the pre- and post-colonial legacy of chocolate and to being mixed race in Mexico and the UK.
Chokolatul features 3 performers (including Sebastian) who form the live on-stage house band, assistant kitchen chefs and technical operators and features a newly commissioned on-stage digital interface.
Sebastian H-W (MX:UK) is a live artist based in the West Midlands whose work explores identity, memory, technology, interaction and the body, through expanded and experimental approaches to live performances, audience experiences and action-based interventions.
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