La Grande Bouffe

La Grande Bouffe

A staged space about man, animal, lust and death
by Margret Eicher

The inspiration and starting point for Margret Eicher’s spatial production is the French-Italian feature La Grande Bouffe (The Big Eat) from 1973, directed by Marco Ferrera and starring Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi and Andréa Ferréol. In the film plot an almost solemn collective suicide is staged with excessive eating and sexual excess.

The Zagreus project shows a media tapestry, and a wall-filling ornament that also covers the surface of the dining table. The main motif of the tapestry shows shot red and wild boar citing Dutch still life painting in correspondence to female porcelain figures. The result is an erotic fluid in which the animal appears as a multi-layered projection surface of human desires. The alliance of sexuality and death is shown here in a surprising impression.

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The staging of the dishes picks up elements from the present work of art as well as dishes from the film and combines them to a sumptuous menu with Italian and French influences from classical high cuisine.

1st gear
Egg as a symbol of death and resurrection
Brine eggs with herbs and liquorice
Baroque salad “chiaroscuro” with truffle vinaigrette

2nd gear
Italian stratification
tomato sugo
Tagliatelle all heirs
Salsa di Parmigiano

3rd gear
“You don’t die if you don’t eat”
Selle de Sanglier Prince Orloff
Sauce Soubise
Sauce Mornay
Puree of chips from the terre et des châtaignes

Casserole of lègumes à la provencale
Sauce Soubise
Sauce Mornay
Puree of chips from the terre et des châtaignes

4th gear
Dessert Andréa
Crème Bavaroise
crêpes suzettes
Crème Chantilly