Imperium is the ninth show conceived using the codes of Furan language, in which rhythmic performance predominates over narrative performance. Furan language shows are characterized by their use of non-conventional spaces, a multi-disciplinary scenic language that highlights the body and technology, and themes focused on the conflict between the individual and society. Another key Furan element is the invasion of the audience’s private realm, leading the spectators to become part of the performance itself, much like a Greek chorus.
The power and truth in Furan performances have often attracted non-theater-going audiences.
Imperium’s creative process was born of the need to actively protest against different forms of imperialism. Imperialism understood as a relationship between two entities, individuals or societies, in which one submits to the other or is annihilated. Dialogue, listening, and difference are taboo words for the imperialist. Diversity is a threat, not an opportunity, and imperialism entrenches models of domination as the basic relationship between human beings. The methods can be subtle forms of physical and mental domestication or pure cannibalism sustained by war metaphors. The final objective for the imperialist is the conversion or extinction of all that is different.
Imperium brings into question the idea of progress, that advancement is necessarily improvement for humanity. Imperium casts doubt on what they tell us, who is telling it to us and why they are smiling so much as they tell it to us.
These concepts are the basis on which we have built the mental, emotional and physical journey that the viewers of Imperium will experience.
It is a co-production with El Grec Festival de Barcelona – Institut de Cultura, Ajuntament de Barcelona.
Jürgen Müller (La Fura dels Baus)
DRAMATURGY AND STAGE DIRECTION
Jürgen Müller and Lluís Fusté Coetzee
VIDEO TECHNICAL DESIGN
Florencia Galiñanes, Diana Kerbelis, Lola López Luna, Vanesa Papa,
Laura Ojer, Marta Roca, Montse Vidal