Premiered on 05.10.2012 at TNT Festival, Terrassa.
Production currently on tour.
Brickman Brando Bubble Boom. A shantytown on fire. Funky blaring. The crisis in the mortgage system. Victorian England. Nests, burrows, caves and mansions. 42,879 evictions in Spain in 2011. Brickland. The horror. A banker smiling. A builder smiling. Homesickness. Much video. Much more live video. Tahitian paradises. The right to housing. The right to have air conditioning. The right to have a plasma TV. España va bien. And Marlon Brando performing John Brickman. Neither more nor less.
Agrupación Señor Serrano presents Brickman Brando Bubble Boom, a stage biopic on the life of Sir John Brickman, the largest builder of nineteenth-century England, and a visionary man who inspired the first mortgage system in history. But also a stage biopic on Marlon Brando’s life, the savage actor in a quest for a home. And more: a vindication of homes against market rules.
Brickman Brando Bubble Boom is a piece where the story is told directly to the audience. The stage is set as a dance hall where two stories are woven together to build a single drama. Brickman presents elements that play in three coordinates of scale. The micro-scale element is the miniature world where Brickman and Brando’s story is played. The intermediate scale is embodied by the performers who become handlers and storytellers of the action that operates as a sweeping movement, as a minimalist choreography. And finally, the macro-projections on the house walls of this micro-world, the actions of the performers and some external materials, make the macro-world. These projections propose some evolutions in innovative techniques such as mapping, live modification of images or the use of decontextualized iconic images of media culture.
Original idea: Àlex Serrano and Pau Palacios / Creation and performance: Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios, Diego Anido, Jordi Soler and Marlon Brando / Executive producer and direction assistant: Barbara Bloin / Creation and technology development: Martí Sánchez-Fibla / Lighting: cube.bz / Architect: Pau Vidal / Music and sound design: Roger Costa Vendrell and Diego Anido / Mouvement: Diego Anido / Dramaturgy advisor: Ferran Dordal / Costumes and set / design assistant: Núria Manzano / Project advisor: Víctor Molina / Management: Art Republic.
A production by
Festival TNT – Terrassa Noves Tendències / Agrupación Señor Serrano.
With the support of
Oficina de Suport a la Iniciativa Cultural – Departament de Cultura / Beca a la creación del Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts (CoNCA) / Ayuda a la Creación Dramatúrgica en residencia de Iberescena / Beca Odyssée of France’s Ministry of Culture / Centre National des Écritures du Spectacle La Chartreuse / Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM) / Institut Ramon Llull
Award for the Most Innovative Show, International Dance and Theatre Fair 2013. Huesca (Spain)