The Dinner Party Revisited

Katherine Araniello


The Dinner Party Revisited is artist Katherine Araniello’s most audacious, ambitious and large-scale live work to date, combining improvised performance with live streaming technology, video and random interactions with audience members. Araniello was inspired by Dinner for One, a comedy sketch made for TV in 1963 and used this as a template in which she could subvert and exploit clichés surrounding disability. The Dinner Party Revisited was a cacophonous, chaotic soiree for audience and guests alike at two London venues, simultaneously.

This publication draws together documentation of the event in the form of photographs, creative responses, first-hand accounts from performers and a feature length edit of the performance on accompanying DVD. Also included are critical and reflective essays on Katherine’s work to date by contributors Lois Keidan, Marcia Farquhar and Aaron Williamson.

Supported by Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland, with additional support from Southbank Centre.

Katherine Araniello makes work that is uncensored and uncompromising. She is skilled in exploiting disability and taking it to areas devoid of sentimentality. This publication is the first comprehensive document of Katherine’s work and gives a unique insight into her conceptual rationale. 

Publication with DVD (Audio Description option and subtitles)


Live Art Development Agency, 2015. 15cm x 29.5cm, 66 pages, paperback with colour photographs throughout

ISBN 978-0-9573938-7-5

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