Extraordinary artistic act by French artist duo La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot): Reinterpretation of the French “art de vivre”

Hong Kong, March 1, 2011 – Sofitel Luxury Hotels and the French Embassies in Beijing, Phnom Penh and Manila have teamed up with sophisticated and contemporary French paired-artists La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) to present a creative and playful artistic re-interpretation of Sofitel Luxury Hotels’ world-renowned French hospitality, entitled “Do disturb!”


Taking a cocktail party as their framework for re-inventing serving protocol, the two artists of La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot), recreate and integrate the innovative and unprecedented elements into a dining experience to create a surrealistic dimension. Their invigorating acts involve turning the sommelier’s white towel to a long flowing fabric, bunches of flowers to be sculpted into a giant headpiece, the silver dome covering a plate revealing a miniature grand piano instead of a steaming dish. Each performance includes different guests and settings, allowing them to unfold the performance in a poetic and humorous way, exploring the boundaries between the ordinary and the extraordinary.


Discerning guests can visit Sofitel Wanda Beijing, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra and Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi on selected dates in mid-March and early April, and enjoy the extraordinary act which has been hailed by critics as “an exceptional performance that reflects the French interpretation of culture and elegance which lies at the core of Sofitel Luxury Hotels’ commitment to the French `art de vivre’.”


“Do disturb!” will be presented as follows across Asia:

Sofitel Wanda Beijing, Beijing:                   March 16 – 17

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Philippines:      March 21 – 22 

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, Cambodia:      March 25 – 26

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam:       April 1 – 2

 Tickets are available at individual hotels and guests are welcome to contact the hotels for details. Alternatively, they can visit or for more information.

About La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot)

The pioneer artist duo, dedicated to synthesizing the “French touch” and the dinner service by transforming dishes, trays, kitchenware and table settings, features 33-year old Emmanuelle Becquemin and 34-year old Stéphanie Sagot, who are based in Paris and Montpellier, France. Using collage techniques, they create artistic fictions dealing with the process of consumption. They have exhibited their work in Asia, South America and Europe, (art galleries, museums, modern art festivals and fairs) with distinguished solo exhibitions held at Art Contemporary Museum, Lima, Péru; at French Year Festival in Rio, Brazil; and at Loft Etagi Project Gallery in Saint Petersburg. Other exhibitions have been held at Slick Art Fair in Paris and at Design Tide Week in Tokyo.

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