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.

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