The “bastard theatre” of David Climent and Pablo Molinero has been eating boundaries for breakfast since the irrepressible pair first teamed up nearly 13 years ago. Representation, physical theatre and experimental techniques all fornicate friskily through narrative, movement and music, and the resulting shows pack a powerful punch to the navel of convention.
Music is an integral part of Los Corderos’ expressive palette and takes centre stage in this latest creation “The Band at the end of the Universe,” currently showing at Sala Hiroshima. Everything has a sound, from a sofa to a curtain or a go-go dancer, and training their sensitivity to appreciate the sounds of everyday life has allowed them to incorporate this eclectic dimension into their work. This piece cranks it up a notch: from sound to music, with the addition of Danish singer Pia Nielsen. Rhythm, melody, lyrics, instruments… yes, it’s a 3 piece band with a touch of theatre. Or a theatrical piece about a concert? Flip the tortilla as you wish and flip it back.
Improbabilities and possibilities frame its song. What if our world was being watched by aliens? What would they make of it all? These intergalactic observers give Cesspit Earth a good poke. Irony and critique are served up with humor and compassion to the riff of a rock guitar, a heartbeat of drumming and Nielsen’s silvery voice.
Improbabilities play with the possible. “It’s unlikely that humans will stop doing atrocities to each other, but we’ve got to keep fighting for we believe in,” says David. It might sound like a rather hippy message, but he assures us that’s not the kind of trip they’re on. The focus is on looking beyond and shaking up our passions and desire. Are we going to evolve as a species? If so, that’ll require a different kind of energy to fatalistic resignation and the “Band at the End of the Universe” offers a stonking soundtrack. Who would be the band’s ideal frontman? “David Bowie, of course.”
There’s an innocent intensity in the way David explains that Los Corderos aren’t out to confuse anyone. It’s the world itself that’s confusing and they just confront it and express themselves in an organic way. “We’re chaotic. We’re animals. And we’re not always very rational. We can’t always find conclusions about why we did something. Theatre often reduces people to a story, but there’s a lot we don’t understand about ourselves and others.”
Chaos is in their poetry, and poetry is captured by music – reaching as far beyond words as the language of the body with its movements and expressions on stage.
As any revolutionary knows, it’s always the hybrid, marginal bastards that lurk around the perimeters of the paradigm who come up with the most original ideas. Los Corderos are in the house and ready to rock your world.