Katastrophe

Katastrophe

Agrupación Señor Serrano, International , 2011

What is the narrative capacity of scientific experiments? How do we illustrate catastrophes from physical and chemical properties and reactions? How can we integrate science into the characteristic stage language of Agrupación Señor Serrano?

    Katastrophe is a performance that uses the scientific experiment as a narrative. Through superabsorbent polymers, exothermic reactions and the physical properties of materials, we explore the nature of catastrophes on planet Earth.

Four performers, eleven models and hundreds of gummy bears make up the world in which this work plays out: an idiotic fable about human civilisation, focused on catastrophes. Within this context, the bears experience earthquakes, black tides, wars and exterminations. All this is performed live through physical and chemical experiments developed by La Mandarina de Newton. Framing the space, three big screens immerse the spectator in this “pop” world of chaos, play and destruction. Katastrophe asks if there is any difference between a natural catastrophe, a ‘natural’ catastrophe caused by humans, and an entirely human catastrophe. Are the deaths caused by a tsunami comparable to those caused by a radioactive leak or those produced by an atomic bomb? Is there any link between human violence and the violence unleashed by nature? Is Pompeii the same as Chernobyl? Is Auschwitz the same as Pompeii? Does the indifference of nature’s action towards humanity justify or explain the indifference towards humanity shown by other humans?

Entregables:

Show, with supporting informative workshop.

Premis i mencions

Agrupación Señor Serrano | International | 2011 | Wojciech Olejnik Prize and Jury Prize for the Most Creative Show, PIHT Festival 2013, Warsaw (Poland), Special Jury Prize at the Banjaluka Festival 2012, Bielsko-Biala (Poland).

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