Agrupación Señor Serrano: A hegy - fotó: Jordi Soler
Agrupación Señor Serrano - fotó: Jordi Soler

The age of #fakenews—a Barcelona Theatre Company at Trafó

The innovative Barcelona-based theatre company Agrupación Señor Serrano, winner of the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Biennale 2015, is coming to Hungary. Their performance can be seen in Trafó House of Contemporary Arts on 29 September.

The Mountain explores the relationship of our time with the phenomena of truth and trust. It mirrors our sense of reality with eloquent historical and public examples (such as the first expedition to Mount Everest, Orson Welles’ panic-inducing radio show or the person of Vladimir Putin), while badminton players playing baseball on stage, drones scanning the audience, unexpected snowfalls and fake news websites tantalize our imagination. Projections reminiscent of TV and mobile screens, models and unreliable narrators guide us through the effects of information overload.

The performance challenges the timeless idea that if one overcomes all difficulties, leaves all worries behind and thus “reaches the top of the mountain”, one can reach a state where the world is presented in its full reality—not just through different reflections. But what would this pure, true world be like? How to imagine the ultimate truth, and how to imagine the path that leads to it?
The play invites the audience on a journey of discovery of the myth of truth without a map. The Mountain also won the Drac d’Or award for best performance at the theatre festival in Lleida, Spain.

Agrupación Señor Serrano is a Barcelona-based theatre company that creates original productions about contemporary (or what they feel are the most current) contradictory aspects of human nature. This is their second time at Trafó—they last visited Budapest in 2016 with their performance of A House in Asia. Besides pushing the boundaries of theatre, their diverse use of tools is a trademark.

További cikkek
We continue our series of reports on the Madách Project. The following is the testimony of Bianca Temneanu, who is doing her Masters in stage directing at the I. L. Caragiale University of Theatre and Film Arts, who, together with two colleagues, staged three scenes of The Tragedy of Man and participated in the artistic process in Hungary.
One of the highlights of the 10th Theatre Olympics was the Madách Project 2023, a program based on the idea of Attila Vidnyánszky, organised by the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. Student director George Zamfir wrote to színhá about his experience of creating the performance.
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Attila, one of Verdi’s early opera scores that focus on heroic figures in history, was presented in the Margit Island Theatre on August 12, the second operatic treat, presented at the Eiffel Art Studios on August 22, was Karol Szymanowsky’s King Roger. This opera was one of hundreds of events included in the 2023 Theatre Olympics.