Theatre, Cinema in real time, Performance, Audiovisual
Directed by Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios and Ferran Dordal
Composer Roger Costa Vendrell
Creation: Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios and Ferran Dordal
Performance: 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.
Duration: 60 minutes, without intermission
Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios, David Muñiz.
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.
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?
“… An impeccable story of humankind told in the three dimensions of a scale model. “
Juan Carlos Olivares, El País (Spain)
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.
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.
On August 3, 2015, Agrupación Señor Serrano was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale. In addition to this recognition, the company has regularly won awards both nationally and internationally and has received rave reviews in media such as The New York Times, Folha de Sao Paulo, Tiempo Argentino or El País among others.