What are sin eaters? At the turn of the eighteenth century, when a bereaved family wanted the sins of their lost loved ones absolved and set free…they would get a beggar. Someone willing to eat a piece of bread over a corpse, absorbing the misdeeds of the recently departed and easing the pain of the grieving family.
The Sin Eaters are carrying on this tradition for modern American culture.
The Sin Eaters train to explore the culture of competitive eating through performance and installation. There is one crucial trait that members have in the company—dedication.
The dedication of The Sin Eaters has many layers. It is a time commitment. It is a willingness to engage in the art-making process. It is gorging on copious amounts of food. It is handling pressure for the stage and the stomach lining. It is the cathartic pursuit for the flaws that make us human, and the moments that take us beyond our bodies.
To prepare, The Sin Eaters engaged in an intensive 6-week training period where they staged competitive eating challenges, emotional interventions, and rehearsal experiments to become a more cohesive troupe. Each of these weeks can be viewed below: