Sound Kitchen

Sound Kitchen is an interactive family sound performance for children over 5 years of age. Instead of cooking food, we cook sounds.

Concept, directed and music by Peter Kus
Co-directed by Miha Arh
Potato song by Boštjan Gorenc - Pižama

Performed by Peter Kus

Produced by Kuskus

The project was supported by The Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia and City of Ljubljana.


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House of Children and Art

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‘Don’t you hear how nice it smells’ asked Peter Kus, a sound chef, to the audience of the pupils of a Ljubljana elementary school. He was preparing some very tasteful audible delicacies. From the homemade noise-makers and instruments, he cooked up a magical intoxicating musical tale that completely mesmerized the children who gathered in his improvised kitchen at the House of Children and Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Tina Lešničar, Delo (Slovenia)


The idea of the show is to create an environment where the author can combine his experiences from the previous projects – sound performances where the spectator is invited to “watch” the sounds being performed at the theatre stage and interactive exhibitions where visitors can “touch” the exhibited instruments and their sounds. In The Sound Kitchen, he emphasizes different roles and manners of perception of a theatre spectator, an exhibition visitor, and a listener of a concert. The project is designed as a combination of an animated sound theatre performance and a musical instrument workshop. The audience can at certain times actively participate in the performance by playing various simple instruments. Thereby they do not just observe/listen to the action but can instead become actively involved and receive more direct physical contact with the performance.

The theme of the Sound Kitchen is synesthesia, the intertwining of hearing with other senses, especially taste. The performance establishes connections between music and gastronomy which exist in our everyday life and culture and combines them in a multi-sensory theatre experience.


The story is placed in a kitchen, where the audience members are invited as guests. But the chef has lost his sense of taste. How can he now prepare food and cook? He discovers that he could restore his sense of taste by creating and listening to the sounds. If he is creating music, it is as if he would be preparing and tasting food. Therefore he becomes a musician and composer who now “cooks” sounds, tastes their infinite combinations, and enjoys the delicious sound extravaganza. His mouth has become his ears.

The performance follows the succession and dramatic order of a rich sound feast. It ends with the workshop where the audience can try “cooking” some of the dishes by themselves.


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