Look at those bananas. Innocent, sweet, phallic,
affordable bananas… look at how they are within everyone’s reach. In 1890, no one in the West ever saw a
banana, let alone ate one. In 1920, bananas were in every supermarket.
The banana industry and its founders are the perfect
emblems of capitalism, and Kingdom spins this tale in a way it hasn’t been done before. Who better to tell the
story than the most fitting yet most unexpected character: King Kong?
An embodiment of virility, overwhelming strength and
instinct, King Kong is the ideal representation of the mechanisms that act upon
the economic and social systems in the West. It is a system constructed on the
basis of cycles and crises, consumption and desire. On the flip side, it is
also the system that resulted in many so-called “beneficial” facets of our
society: civil rights, progress, development.
is a system so complex, it leaves no room for Manichaean interpretation.
As stated by journalist H. L. Menken: “For
every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” Agrupación
Señor Serrano brings this idea to life using live cinema. The group combines video,
performance, scale models and music - all in real time - to develop their onstage
commentary. Kingdom is an overlap of various
images presented mainly by video cameras, models and projections.
irreverent, Kingdom blends bananas,
consumerism, virile choreography, marketing, punk rock, King Kong,
supermarkets, growth, loss of control, expansion, multinationals, lack of resources,
coup d’états, zoophilia, trap music, and incredibly macho men… all in a party
that goes on forever.
the world is going to hell, might as well celebrate!