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Agrupación Señor Serrano

7th October 2021. / 20h

Opera Madlenianum


creation: Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios, Ferran Dordal
performers: Diego Anido, Pablo Rosal, Wang Ping-Hsiang, David Muñiz, Nico Roig
music: Nico Roig
video programming: David Muñiz
video creation: Vicenç Viaplana
space, scale models: Àlex Serrano, Silvia Delagneau
costumes: Silvia Delagneau
lighting design:
choreography: Diego Anido
sound design: Roger Costa Vendrell
technical support: Sergio Roca
direction assistant: Martín García Guirado
project manager: Barbara Bloin
executive production: Paula Sáenz de Viteri
management: Art Republic

premiere: Grec Festival, Barcelona, 2018
duration: 65’

production: Grec 2018 Festival - Barcelona, FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts, CSS Teatro Stabile di Innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Teatro Stabile del Veneto – Teatro Nazionale, Manchester Home Theatre, Teatros del Canal, Teatre Lliure, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Groningen Grand Theatre, Romaeuropa Festival.
with the support of: Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, CCCB Kosmopolis, Sala Beckett, Teatre Auditori de Granollers, Xarxa Transversal, Graner - Mercat de les Flors.
special thanks: Festival TNT – Terrassa Noves Tendències, Arts Escèniques OlotCultura, Monty Kultuurfaktorij, La Fabrique de Théâtre – Province de Hainaut.

Bananas. There they are, close at hand for all, innocent, sweet, virile, cheap... Back in 1890, nobody in the West had seen, much less eaten, a banana. In 1920 it was already the king of the market. Bananas, the banana industry and its pioneers are a perfect example of what the contemporary capitalist system is and how it works. This piece brings the history of capitalism and bananas as they were never told before. A story with a perfect and unexpected ally: King Kong. Through him and the overwhelming force he represents, the mechanisms that act within the economic and social system of the West are shown. A system built on the basis of cycles and crises, consumption and desire, but within which all the "desirable" things of our society have been generated (civil rights, progress, development). A system so complex that it does not accept simplistic interpretations. As the American journalist H. L. Mencken once said: “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong”.

This is an irreverent cocktail mixing bananas, consumerism, virile choreographies, commercials, punk and rock, King Kong, supermarkets, growth, confusion, expansion, multinationals, shortages, coups d’état, bestiality, trap music and very macho men in an endless party. The world is going to shit, let's celebrate!

Founded by Àlex Serrano in Barcelona in 2006, Agrupación Señor Serrano is a theatre company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary times. The company uses the richness of innovative and vintage tools to extend the boundaries of its theater. Based on creative collaborations, Señor Serrano’s productions blend stage performance, text, video, sound, and scale models to stage stories about discordant aspects of today’s human experience. The company present original creations and tour internationally. The company has received support and recognition from various important institutions in Spain. Agrupación Señor Serrano has been awarded with the Silver Lion 2015 from the Venice Biennale.

Masters on the simulation of the simulation!
© El País

Note: Strong strobe lights will be used during the performance.