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Scenographer and costume designer

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Lluc Castells (Cardedeu, 1975) has had strong ties with the stage since his early childhood, thanks to his family’s close connections with the theatre. In 1995 he completed his studies in drawing at the Escola Massana in Barcelona and decided to focus on costume and set design for theatre, musical, circus, dance and opera performances.

He regularly works with a number of theatre directors, including Xavier Albertí (No Man’s Land, by H. Pinter; Vida privada, by J.M. de Segarra; El Bordell, by Lluïsa Cunillé; El soterrani, by Benet i Jornet; El dúo de la Africana, by M.F. Caballero; L’home de teatre, by T. Bernhard; La corte del faraón, by M. de Palacios; Al Cel..., Assajant Pitarra, Tenesse, PPP, Pinsans i caderneres and Crónica sentimental de España, by X. Albertí), Julio Manrique (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by M. Haddon; The Cherry Orchard, by A. Chekhov; Things We Said Today, by N. LaBute; American Buffalo, by D. Mamet; Product, by M. Ravenhill; The Shape of Things, by N. LaBute; The Woods, by D. Mamet), Xicu Masó (Trois versions de la vie, by Y. Reza; La Strada, by F. Fellini; As You Like It, by W. Shakespeare; The Faith Healer, by B. Friel; The Master and Margarita, by M. Bulgakov; Absolutament lluny, by J. Julién); Lluís Homar (Terra baixa, by A. Guimerà; Luces de Bohemia, by R. Valle-Inclán, L’art de la comèdia by E. De Filippo), Xavier Pujolràs, Nobert Martinez, Miquel Gòrriz, David Selvas and Pau Miró, and also with companies of the like of Monti & Cia., Marta Carrasco, El Tricicle, Dagoll Dagom, Els Joglars and Pep Bou, amongst others.

In 2006 he made his film debut as artistic director for Judith Colell’s film 53 días de invierno (2006).

He worked as costume designer with Àlex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus on Le Grand Macabre (2009), by György Ligeti, at the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the ENO, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Adelaide Festival, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Den Norske Opera & Ballet in Oslo; Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (2010), by B. Brecht and K. Weill, directed by Àlex Ollé and Carlus Padrissa, at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall; Quartett (2011), by L. Francesconni, at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Opéra de Lille, the Stichting Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the Grand Auditorium Gulbenkian in Lisbon; Oedipe (2012), by G. Enesco, at the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Royal Opera House in London; Un ballo in maschera (2013), by G. Verdi, at the Sydney Opera House, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels and Den Norske Opera in Oslo; Madama Butterfly (2014), by G. Puccini, at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2014; Faust (2014) by C. Gounod at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam; and Pelléas et Mélisande (2015) by C. Debussy at the Semperoper in Dresden.

He is currently working on the operas Il trovatore (2015), by G. Verdi, at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and the Opéra Nationale in Paris, and Norma (2016), by V. Bellini, at the Royal Opera House in London.

For 2015 it is preparing the scenographies of L’art de la comèdia (The art of comedy) by E. de Filippo directed by Lluís Homar, at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, and El curiós incident del gos a mitjanit (The curious incident of the dog at midnight) by Simon Stephens directed by Julio Manrique at the Teatre Lliure de Gràcia.


Lluc Castells. © Cristina Viñas