Foreplay presents: Daniel AlmgrenRecén

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“…foreplay implies a certain level of confidence and trust between partners and creates intimacy before the main act.”

The primary intention of the performance series, Foreplay , is to create proximity between the audience and the work of the performer/choreographer through an encounter of the public with the artist’s universe, in the format of a dinner that happens prior to the performance. This dinner is a carefully prepared situation designed collaboratively by the artist and one of Agora Food‘s chefs (Agora’s new food platform, that supports 7 different chefs). This food experience is the opportunity for the artist to approach his/her work in a new format, re-articulating it into the language of taste, texture and dynamics.

This Program was conceptualized by Agora Collective, but is a continuous collaboration between the collective, the chefs, the artists and the public.


On October 31st the fourth edition of Foreplay will take place with guest artist Daniel AlmgrenRecén showing his work ‘Near that place’.

“Near that Place” is a work that physically and mentally take you as visitor to a place between yourself and your memories. A place where time is non linear and past is present. It is a work based on the questions of familiarity, identification, security, memory, belonging, returning and nomadism. Concepts that are all surrounding the ideas of a home. A home that is longed for, lived or deliberately left behind in a society where mobility is the norm.  With this as a base Daniel AlmgrenRecén & Johan Forsman departed on a odyssey where the wish to leave behind is intertwined with the longing to return.

This time it takes the form of a dinner in the Agora Collective, Berlin.
About the artist:
Through his work Daniel is investigating materiality, memory and belonging in the forms of installation and performance. In 2012 he travelled 7000 km by car with all his personal belongings and built up his home in several places along the way. Visitors where invited to this permanently temporary home for a cup of coffee and talk about their notion of home. Daniel is a graduate from SNDO at the Amsterdam School of the Arts and has studied Theology and Drama. He is systematically problematizing Choreography as creative practice by looking in to the fields of Education, Management, Architecture and Design Thinking. During the autumn of 2014 he will be a guest teacher at Freie Universität in Berlin and is developing a work in the Biological museum of Stockholm.
In this Foreplay Daniel will collaborate with Pepe Dayaw, Agora FOOD’s Mondays chef. Pepe will bring his Philippinian/Asian/creative fusion cuisine to encounter Daniel’s universe of memories and past-present
relationship. It will be a delicious encounter.MENU
“Walking home”
A set of dishes that brings Pepe back to an edible sense of home, an experience that he can share with everybody, in effect creating a room for a possible ‘us’ to take place.||
“Cooking our connections”
A half cooked second you and the others decide on its final taste, beginning with Daniels’ s and Pepe’s chosen sets of ingredients, and mixed with your own spicy memories.

“A sweet ode to death”
Autumn… a time to remember what is not there anymore. An homage to the human capacity to create and weave memories… of home and beyond.

Note about Pepe’s cooking this evening:
A warm fusion of Southeast Asian flavors, Latin macabre sweetness and Nordic cozy comfort food. Vegetarian option will be available. The final menu is a surprise. Hint: Pepe’s favorite ingredients are turmeric, cilantro, coconut milk and rice.

More about Pepe’s cooking in Agora:

*Bring an ingredient that reminds you of your home, home town or childhood etc.
for instance a vegetable, fruit or herb/spice



Friday, October 31st  -  7pm

Agora, Mittelweg 50, Neukölln

Dinner and performance – 20 Euros (prior payment) / 25 euros (payment on arrival)

For any further information, please contact : vpctheunissen@gmail.com

Eventbrite - Foreplay with Daniel AlmgrenRecén




Date: September 24, 2014