Agrupación Señor Serrano (ES)
There is a widely diffused image that traces the history of ideas: climbing a mountain, overcoming all difficulties to reach its top and, once there, being able to see the world “as it is”. Reaching the truth and not just shadows and reflections. It is a beautiful image in all respects.
But is it really so? Often looking from above you can see nothing but clouds and fog covering everything or a landscape that changes according to the time of day or the weather. What is the world like then? How is the truth? Is there the truth? Is the truth the top of a mountain to be crowned and that’s all, or rather a cold and inhospitable path that must be continually walked?
In The Mountain, the latest show by the award-winning Catalan company, the first expedition to Everest converges, the outcome of which is still uncertain today, Orson Welles sowing panic with his radio program The War of the Worlds, badminton players who they play baseball, a fake news website, a drone scanning the audience, lots of snow, mobile screens, fragmented images, and Vladimir Putin speaking content with trust and truth.
A white and diaphanous stage. Miniatures to scale on practicables, a radio studio, a reproduction of Everest, portable projection screens and film tripods form a space halfway between a TV set, a museum and a badminton court. A network of ideas, stories, images, actions and concepts is the basis of The Mountain’s dramaturgical framework. With these materials, unfolded in layers that mix, creating unexpected connections, the show presents itself as an unmapped exploration of the myth of truth.
A ZONA K co-production presented in collaboration with Olinda/Da vicino nessuno è normale
c/o Olinda/Da vicino nessuno è normale, Ex O.P. Paolo Pini – via Ippocrate, 45
Info: multimedia show – duration 70 min. – in English with Italian subtitles
creation Agrupación Señor Serrano dramaturgy and direction Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios, Ferran Dordal performance Anna Pérez Moya, Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios, David Muñiz management Art Republic A GREC production Festival de Barcelona, Teatre Lliure, Conde Duque Centro de Cultura Contemporánea, CSS Stable Theater of Innovation of Friuli – Venezia Giulia, Teatro Stabile del Veneto – National Theater, ZONA K, Monty Kultuurfaktorij, Grand Theater, Feikes Huis With the support of Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat, Graner – Mercat de les Flors. Photo: © Jordi Soler
Ukraine. About a thousand inhabitants have returned to the contaminated territories of the Exclusion Zone within a 30 km radius of Chernobyl. They are called samosiols: those who have returned.
Pétro and Nadia never left.
When journalist and writer Cathy Blisson met them in 2009, Pétro and Nadia (both in their eighties) were the only two inhabitants of a ghost village just 4km long. Following the nuclear disaster that exploded on the night of 26-27 April 1986, Zvizdal was declared unfit for human habitation. A dramatic event that affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians, Russians and Belarusians. Status: officially designated for evacuation.
25 years after ‘Chernobyl’, Pétro and Nadia still live there, alone, surrounded by a forest that is slowly growing old with them. In the company of a guard dog, a skinny cow, a llama and a few chickens, they spend their days invoking Stalin and all the saints, waiting for the village to repopulate sooner or later.
A long-term project (from 2011 to 2015), Zvizdal unfolds through the passing of the seasons in a world where danger, invisible, is everywhere. A reflection on isolation, the question of survival, solitude and waiting for death.
Multimedia performance – in Italian
In collaboration with and c/o
Olinda/TeatroLaCucina, Ex O.P. Paolo Pini – via Ippocrate, 45
Concept: Bart Baele, Yves Degryse, Cathy Blisson With Nadia Pylypivna Lubenoce and Pétro Opanassovitch-Lubenoc Scenes Manu Siebens, Ina Peeters, Berlin Interviews Yves Degryse, Cathy Blisson Camera and editing Bart Baele, Geert De Vleesschauwer Sound recording Toon Meuris, Bas de Caluwé, Manu Siebens, Karel Verstreken Translation Olga Mitronina Music composition Peter Van Laerhoven Co-production Het Zuidelijk Toneel (Tilbourg); PACT Zollverein (Essen); Dublin Theatre Festival; Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels); BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen); Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Francfort-sur-le-Main); Theaterfestival Boulevard (Den Bosch); Brighton Festival; Onassis Cultural Centre [Athène, GR]; Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS Co-production Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS; Festival d’Automne à Paris In collaboration with deSingel (Anvers) With the support of Gouvernement Flamand.
The show premiered on 12 May 2016 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)
Founders of BERLIN in 2003, directors Bart Baele and Yves Degryse decided not to choose a particular genre, but to venture into the realm of documentary and let the places of their forays guide their inspiration. This philosophy gave rise to two project cycles: Holocene (the current geological era) where the starting point is always a city or other place on the planet, and Horror Vacui (fear of the void) in which true and touching stories are delicately unravelled around a table. The Holocene cycle includes Jerusalem, Iqaluit, Bonanza, Moscow and Zvizdal. The first three episodes of Horror Vacui are Tagfish, Land’s end and Perhaps all the dragons. BERLIN are still working on both cycles. Holocene will end in the city of Berlin (hence the group’s name) with the creation of a docu-fiction project involving the inhabitants of the cities featured in the previous episodes. The company has worked in 27 different countries in recent years, within various circuits: from theatres to exhibition spaces, from festivals to special locations.
Kokoschka Revival (IT)
In Italian language there are the three S’s that many fight for: Soldi (Money), Sesso (Sex), Successo (Success). Online entertainment workers are a growing phenomenon.
Kokoschka Revival is working on the development of its latest production, a multimedia show that investigates the bizarre forms of live streaming entertainment and the phenomenon of monetising one’s image on online platforms.
It is a work that tells the story of two girls who work and live their daily lives in virtual space: two fighters who never look each other in the eye, even though they absurdly share the same space in the real world. In the era of branding the self, of dominant individualism, of the intimate and inseparable smartphone… YouFight! What are you fighting for?
YouFight! is a platform, where each user fights for a living and earns money, which he receives in the form of credit/Like from his audience (we call this currency Energy Coin). Everyone can propose the fighting game they want, and our two protagonists compete in Chess Boxing: a sport in which a round of Boxing and a round of Chess alternate. On the same platform as YouFight! you can spend your free time on other immersive entertainment services, to be enjoyed in solitude but always under the eyes of an audience.
Multimedia show – In Italian
Followed by an informal participatory session of about 60 min, where the public can try out the interactive technologies.
with Ondina Quadri, Alice Raffaelli conception and direction Ana Shametaj composition music and design sound interactions Andrea Giomi graphics and design video interactions Fabio Brusadin mentor design of interactive systems Stefano Roveda dramaturg and lighting design Riccardo Calabrò scenes and costumes Marialuisa Bafunno, Giulio Olivero development of m0k1 smartphone application. pw production Kokoschka Revival with the support of IntercettAzioni – Centro di Residenza Artistica della Lombardia (a project of Circuito CLAPS and ZONA K, Industria Scenica, Milano Musica, Teatro delle Moire)
Kokoschka Revival is an interdisciplinary artistic collective founded in Milan in 2013, whose research moves transversally in a dialogue between theatre, cinema and experimental music. To date, the productions consist of theatre shows, performances, experimental films and parties/happenings. The collective’s shows have been produced in national and international residencies, mainly in France and Denmark. From 2015 to 2017, the collective organized numerous parties and performance events in Macao (Milan), proposing its own idea of artistic programming.