The Pig House

The Pig House is a project that connects theatre and the arts, both visually and tastefully, with agriculture and cattle breeding.

The Pig House is a sty, a home for pigs, and a house to gather, to eat and drink and talk. A Pig House is built by a local community with local materials. The Pig House offers room for two pigs that will be fed on the leftovers of the local community. In the end the pigs will be killed and prepared, to be eaten by the same local community that took care of them.

Taking the responsibility back where it belongs.

The pig is traditionally the savings bank of the family or the community. In times of abundance (harvest time) the pig shared in the food of its caretakers: the leftovers and the kitchen waste were given to the pig. In times of scarcity (winter time) the pig was killed to serve as food instead of needing food. There were never more pigs than the amount of food and waste allowed. It was a system that worked well. The surplus of food in a community was transformed into meat to feed the community.

The Pig House reintroduces the age-old tradition of keeping pigs. Every community builds its own Pig House, making it a unique Pig House, because the materials are local and will be different from place tot place, as will the people. A Pig House can be big or very small; can have lots of rooms or just a few; it can be open to the outside or very sheltered.

How does it work to share responsibility with your neighbours for two pigs that are your joint future nourishment? How do you build a house together? The Pig House is a performance and a practical investigation. The experience of living together with pigs, of taking care of the pigs, will be put down into words, images and plates to be shared with the public.