The Spanish War in the cinema memory 1936-2016

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, a brief excursus into the media world of the time.

Radio, newspapers, newsreels and cinema took on an ideological dimension, becoming instruments of propaganda capable of orienting domestic and international public opinion.

A discussion with Aurora Palandrani (Aamod) and historian Alessandro Hobel.

From h. 17.30:
The Spanish Earth directed by Joris Ivens [text and voice of Ernest Hemingway].
National preview [in language with Italian subtitles / Usa, 1937, 53′].

Cinegiornali dell’Istituto Luce (Fascist propaganda newsreels, Italy, 1936, 20′)

España 1936 by Luis Buñuel and Jean Paul Le Chanois [France, 1937,34′].


Curated by: Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico (Aamod), Associazione italiana combattenti volontari antifascisti di Spagna (Aicvas), Istituto Nazionale per la Storia del Movimento di Liberazione in Italia (Insmli). In collaboration with Istituto Luce – Cinecittà

Agrupación Señor Serrano tells its story

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 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 group’s core is composed of Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios and Barbara Bloin.

Speakers: Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios and Ilaria Mancia, moderator: Oliviero Ponte di Pino

Photo Nacho Gómez

Agrupación Señor Serrano

Flocks of migratory birds forming indecipherable patterns in the sky. Movement. Life. Nothing in the cosmos stands still.
What is the point of building walls and fences to stop the flocks of birds?

Birdie compares two mirages.
On the one hand, welfare, respect for human rights, prosperity, easy movement of information and capital.
On the other, wars, exploitation, persecution, obstacles for migrants.

A multimedia show, visionary and rational at the same time, which deals with the evolution and survival of mankind with a critical spirit and wit in a clever composition of live performances, live video footage, scale models, art films and newspaper cuttings.

From the leading group of the Catalan scene, Silver Lion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.




In English, with Italian subtitles.
The show will be held at TeatroLaCucina, ex Psychiatric Hospital Paolo Pini
(via Ippocrate 45 – MM3 FN Affori, NB exit via Ciccotti)


In collaboration with OLINDA

Creation Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios, Ferran Dordal; performance Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios, Alberto Barberá; project manager Barbara Bloin; production GREC Festival de Barcelona, Fabrique de Théâtre – Service des Arts de la Scène de la Province de Hainaut, Festival TNT – Terrassa Noves Tendències, Monty Kultuurfaktorij, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival; sponsor miniature animals Safari Ltd;

Catalan avant-garde on stage

The PLAY-K(ei) Who are we? season closes 2016 with the now customary European appointment, dedicated this year to CATALONIA. A rich and lively cultural panorama, a multiform theatrical scene, with peaks of excellence in very different disciplines, from contemporary circus to urban performance.

An autonomous region with a strong identity, Catalonia is today both an example of the protection of identities and a mirror of the many trends towards independence in Europe. It is therefore a region that represents a stimulus for investigation, leading to the identification of leading groups on the performance scene and a reflection on the political and cultural developments of an increasingly complex and fragile Europe.

Can the protection of identities be a guarantee of artistic freedom? Can the aspiration for local economic and political independence exist within a Europeanist vision?

ZONA K chooses some of the most representative and innovative artists, whose work is able to speak about contemporary reality and the contemporary world.

At the same time, in a parallelism between the actuality of the present and the avant-garde of the past, it investigates the Spanish Civil War on its 80th anniversary, through the eyes of artists who recounted their present.



26 – 27 November 2016 h. 15.30
Rogert Bernat – DOMINI PÚBLIC
[urban performance]

1 December 2016 h. 17.00 – 20.00
[film and encounter]

1 – 2 December 2016 h. 21.00
Agrupación Señor Serrano – BIRDIE

3 December 2016 h. 22.00 p.m. (after the show)
[meeting with glass of wine]

3 December h. 21.00, 4 December 2016 h. 17.00
Agrupación Señor Serrano – KATASTROPHE
[theatre-video show]

November 2016 – September 2017
Roger Bernat in residence