Agrupación Señor Serrano (ES)
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.
To speak of war is to speak of Europe because it was out of war and a century torn apart by conflict that the idea of a united, united, rich Europe finally took shape. A prerequisite for the longest period of peace the continent has ever known.
Today we celebrate the centenary of those wars and relive the events in commemorations, historical essays and films.
But how far back is the past? To what extent is that war, which seems so distant with its trenches and bombardments, really so? Do the contemporary wars that surround us really belong to another world?
From these questions, a reflection on today. On the Europe that does not know about bombing but closes its borders, on the responsibilities that each of us could have, on the choices we would make. On war as the ineluctable destiny of new economic, financial and media Real Politik.
9 – 11 February 2017 h. 20.30
FRIENDLY FEUER (a European polyphony) by Isola Teatro (IT)
CANCELLED FOR TECHNICAL REASONS
Murx den Europäer! Murx ihn! Murx ihn! Murx ihn! Murx ihn ab!
[Video version of the performance]
15 February 2017 h. 18.30
THE IMAGE OF WAR BETWEEN HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE
[meeting with aperitif].
16 – 17 February 2017 h. 20.30
IL GRANDE RIFIUTO by Ligna (DE)
18 February at 20.30, Sunday 19 February 2017 at 17.00
LEĢIONĀRI. Diskusija ar kaušanos by Valters Sīlis (LT)
27 February – 1 March 2017 h. 20.00
A HOUSE IN ASIA by Agrupación Señor Serrano (ES)
[performance c/o CRT Milano Teatro dell’Arte]
A project by ZONA K and Triennale Teatro dell’Arte
12 February 2017 h. 15.30
THE STRABOMBA organised by Emergency
[workshop 6 – 10 years free]
12 February 2017 h. 17.30
ALL THE INVISIBLE CHILDREN
[film from 12 years old]