Following their critically acclaimed performance of A House in Asia at MANIPULATE Festival in 2017, Spanish masters of micro-cinema Señor Serrano return with a blistering new work.
Two mirages. In one: wars, droughts, massive deforestation, polluted coasts, labor exploitation, political instability, poor sanitary conditions, persecution, forced deportation, abuse of natural resources, depleted aquifers, food shortages…
In the other: stocked supermarkets, safe streets, family stability, good health services, freedom, paid work, respect for human rights, welfare, recycling and renewable energies, prosperity, social mobility…
And in between, flocks of birds.
Thousands of migrating birds constantly drawing impossible shapes in the sky. Movement. Ceaseless movement. Birds… and beyond, planets, asteroids, raw materials, galaxies, blood, cells, weapons, atoms, electrons, advertising, quarks, ideology, fear, waste, hope. Life.
Nothing in the cosmos is quiet. Stillness is a chimera. The only thing there is, is movement. If it is impossible to stop an electron, what’s the point in building fences against flocks of birds?
Birdie is a multimedia performance with live video, objects, Hitchcock’s The Birds revisited, scale models, 2000 mini animals, wars, smugglers, a massive migration and three performers handling this messy world with wit, criticism and commitment with humankind.
Agrupación Señor Serrano is a theatre company based in Barcelona that creates original productions about discordant aspects of today’s human experience. Señor Serrano’s shows blend live feed video, scale models, text, performance, sound and objects. The company productions premiere and tour internationally.
A show by Agrupación Señor Serrano
Creation: Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios and Ferran Dorda
lPerformance: Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios and David Muñiz
Voice: Simone Milsdochter
Project manager: Barbara Bloin
Lighting design and video programming: Alberto Barberá
Sound design and soundtrack: Roger Costa Vendrell
Video creation: Vicenç Viaplana
Scale models: Saray Ledesma and Nuria Manzano
Costumes: Nuria Manzano
Production assistant: Marta Baran
Scientific consultant: Irene Lapuente / La Mandarina de Newton
Project advisor: Víctor Molina
Legal advisor: Cristina Soler
Management: Art Republic
Special thanks to José Palazón for the cession of the picture used in the show.
Acknowledgements: Biennale di Venezia - Biennale College Teatro 2015, Panspermia – Marcel·lí Antúnez, Jordi Soler, Carles Guillem, Jaume Riera, Julia Pelletier, Lara Molina, Pasqual Gorriz, Arturo Rodríguez Morato, Fabrice Chan, Yannick Roman, Yasmina Boudia, Javier Bauluz and especially all the participants in the workshops at the Venice Biennale and at CIFAS.
A production by Grec 2016 Festival de Barcelona, Agrupación Señor Serrano, Fabrique de Théâtre - Service des Arts de la Scène de la Province de Hainaut, Festival TNT- Terrassa Noves Tendències, Monty Kultuurfaktorij and Festival Konfrontacje Teatralne.
With the support of Cultural Office of Spain’s Embassy in Brussels, Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Centre International de Formation en Arts du Spectacle de Bruxelles, Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y la Música (INAEM), Institut Ramon Llull
Mini animal toys sponsorship: Safari Ltd.
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