Agrupación Señor Serrano (ES)
A HOUSE IN ASIA
27 February - 1 March 2017
A project ZONA K and TRIENNALE TEATRO DELL’ARTE
From the leading group of the Catalan scene, Silver Lion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
New world wars. Some say the third one is already underway. Some say it’s already underway. Some say it’s being told in fiction and TV series. There are those who are doing dress rehearsals. The boundaries between reality and fiction are blurring in our globalized world.
Even on the theatre stage, the levels of narration and representation are multiplying, creating new perspectives, effects and revelations, also thanks to the use of new languages and technologies. The Catalan collective unleashes on the stage of A House in Asia an explosive device that recounts the most important manhunt of the 21st century: the location and capture of Osama Bin Laden.
Three houses, the same. The house where ‘Geronimo’ (nickname given to Bin Laden by the US Army) is hiding in Pakistan. An exact copy of that house in a military base in North Carolina. A third house, always identical, reconstructed on a set in Jordan, where a film is being shot. A sheriff obsessed with a white whale. Cowboys and Indians. Planes and beers. Copies, strategies, reproductions and cheeseburgers.
With its unmistakable artistic mode of scale models, video projections, live direction and performance, Agrupación Señor Serrano presents a “theatrical western” in which reality and its copies are confused, drawing a merciless pop portrait of the post-9/11 decade, a seed for the 21st century.
In English, with Italian subtitles c/o TRIENNALE TEATRO DELL’ARTE
Creation Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios, Ferran Dordal with Àlex Serrano, Ferran Dordal, Alberto Barberá production and assistant director Barbara Bloin, video realization Jordi Soler production GREC 2014 Festival de Barcelona, Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts et Sciences – Meylan, Festival TNT – Terrassa Noves Tendències, Monty Kultuurfaktorij, La Fabrique du Théâtre – Province de Hainaut
Agrupación Señor Serrano – Silver Lion of the Venice Biennale 2015 – Founded by Àlex Serrano in Barcelona in 2006, Agrupación Señor Serrano is a theatre company that produces its own shows based on material taken from contemporary reality. It uses some of the most innovative technical means and traditional tools to constantly redraw the boundaries of its theatre. It makes use of numerous artistic collaborations and combines in its productions theatre, performance, live video, sound, scale models, to stage stories capable of telling the contradictions of contemporary human experience. Evolution, globalisation and survival are among the main themes dealt with in the latest productions. Today, the core of the group is composed of Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios and Barbara Bloin.