Around the Table

A dinner party with performative directives by Zoya Sardashti

Around the Table is a dinner party with performative directives. It offers people to be more physically and emotionally aware of the others before a challenging discussion unfolds. We help clients experience how to attend to the needs of others in order to situates the body in a state of openness and discover a deeper value in preserving relationships.

For this project we offer a script for a host to perform during a socially engaged dinner party. You may receive recipes for a five course menu or choose to have a personal in-house chef. These recipes are a fusion of various cuisines from cultural identities represented in The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran Deal. Built into this event are directives to facilitate artful conversation, employing both verbal and non-verbal activities. The script also includes texts from thinkers involved in negotiation, art, and peacemaking processes.

Course One: Hors d’oeuvre, saffron infused arak and jiaozi/dumplings (Iran & China)
Course Two: Starters, borscht and barbari bread (Iran & Russia)
Course Three: Salad, maast o moosir and haricots verts salade (Iran & France)
Course Four: Main course, polpette and mirza ghasemi (Iran & Italy)
Course Five: Dessert, rote grütze and chai (Iran & Germany)

We are in constant motion exploring how to deal with obstacles through discussion. During negotiations we must remain open to others. What happens if we insert the ethics of care into a process of sharing?

Even if one does not work as a professional negotiator we are in constant motion exploring how to deal with obstacles through discussion. During negotiations we must remain open to others. What happens if we insert the ethics of care into a process of sharing?

The idea of having an ‘authentic self’ is questionable. Authenticity is constructed in relation to others. What if your ‘authentic self’ performs habits that are offensive to others? In this case one must negotiate with themselves and adapt to the other persons’ value system. Before one adapts their performance of self, they must know more about the subjective experience of the other person.

Around the Table offers people a change to be more physically aware of the others before a challenging discussion unfolds. We help clients experience how to attend to the needs of others in order to situates the body in a state of openness and discover a deeper value in preserving relationships.