Seven Hungers

A hallucinogenic journey from mouth to gut to heart.

Seven Hungers examines our needs for food, security, and intimacy, and
how they get confused; how hunger can also be for closeness, for
understanding, for comfort.

This is a piece about intimacy, and about how our search for food – both for
our bodies and for our hearts – is deeply, intimately entwined.

Blending visceral and fragmented ensemble movement with sensuous text,
and set to a scorching live sound design, Seven Hungers enlivens the senses and quickens the pulse.


In 2011 we began research towards making a show about food and hunger. We wanted to investigate our relationship to food, and how eating and hunger connect us intimately to the natural world.

As we got deeper into the subject, we noticed that if you ask someone about a memorable meal, it’s rare that they spend much time talking about the food. More often they’ll tell you about the people they shared that food with, about loved ones and lovers, family and friends. Seven Hungers examines how food and eating connect us, and how more than food is shared when we eat together.

Seven Hungers toured Scotland in October 2014 including dates at Woodend Barn (Banchory), Wyness Hall (Inverurie), DanceLive Festival / The Lemon Tree (Aberdeen), Summerhall (Edinburgh), Platform (Glasgow), Rothesay Pavilion (Isle of Bute), and Three Villages Hall (Arrochar).



Anna Porubcansky, Jonathan Peck, Maïté Delafin, Rodrigo Malvar, Kathleen Downie

Directed by:
Ewan Downie

Assistant Director:
Paul Brotherston

Musical Director:
Anna Porubcansky

Lighting Design:
Alberto Santos-Bellido

Costume Design:
Annie Hiner

Supported by:
The National Lottery through Creative Scotland

Produced in association with:
Woodend Barn / Platform / Dance House


A stunning mixture of the elemental and the human

The Scotsman

Spellbinding food for thought

Aberdeen Press and Journal

One of the most beautiful and intriguing pieces of art that I have ever seen

Audience Member, Edinburgh

Beautiful, emotional, hypnotic, powerful, trance-like. The connection between the performers and space and audience felt magical – other worldly.

Audience Member, Edinburgh

I thought it was brilliant to see this sort of performance in a little community like ours! I thought it was disturbing at times, and beautiful too. I laughed a bit – sometimes with incredulity. Food, love, lust and violence – just what you need on a Saturday night.

Audience Member, Arrochar

“That was lovely”

“I think it was French”

Two old ladies, overheard in Easterhouse