Artistic Director of the TNC

Artistic Director of the TNC

Xavier Albertí

Musician, composer and stage director

Graduate in Stage Direction from the Institut del Teatre de la Diputació de Barcelona and Autonomous University of Barcelona. From 1996 to 1999, he directed the Festival d’Estiu de Barcelona Grec, and from 2004 to 2006 the Department of Creation at the Institut Ramon Llull. He was director of cultural services at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, where he has also taught and been pedagogic coordinator of the Higher School of Dance. He has also given courses at the Obrador de la Sala Beckett, the Obrador d'Estiu d'Argelaguer, Menéndez Pelayo Summer University, Girona and Lleida Universities.
During his years of training, he studied piano and musical composition with Luis de Pablo, Cristobal Halffter, Tomás Marco, Helmuth Lachenmann, Carmelo Bernaola, Armando Gentilucci and Karl-Heinz Stockhausen. His compositions have premiered in diverse contemporary music festivals.
In 2007 he worked with Pere Portabella and Carles Santos on the script for the film Die Stille vor Bach (The Silence Before Bach). The same year he directed the Catalan poetry recital with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Patti Smith, as part of the Catalan culture festival in New York Made in Catalunya at the Baryshnikov Art Center. In 2008 he founded the company La Reina de la nit with Lluïsa Cunillé.

His notable work as stage director includes
El professor Bernhardi, by Arthur Schnitzler (TNC, 2016)
L’empestat by Jordi Oriol (Temporada Alta, 2015)
L’hort de les oliveres, by Narcís Comadira (TNC, 2015)
L’eclipsi, opera by Alberto García Demestres, free version of P. Zarzoso' play (TNC, 2014)
Terra de ningú, by Harold Pinter (TNC, 2013)
WOW, by Alberto García Demestres (Festival Perelada 2013)
Com dir-ho, by Josep Maria Benet i Jornet
Zoom, by Carles Batlle
Jo Dalí, opera by Xavier Benguerel
Dues dones que ballen, by Josep Maria Benet i Jornet
Vida Privada, adaptation of the novel by Josep Maria de Sagarra
Al cel, un oratori per a Jacint Verdaguer, by Narcís Comadira
El Bordell, by Lluïsa Cunillé
Soterrani, by Josep Maria Benet i Jornet
El mal de Holanda, by Paco Zarzoso (premiere in the Festival VEO in Valencia in the 2008 season)
La caiguda d’Amlet (o la caiguda de l’H), by Jordi Oriol
Assajant Pitarra, creative work by Xavier Albertí and Lluïsa Cunillé
El Dúo de la Africana, creative work by Lluïsa Cunillé and Xavier Albertí (2007 season)
Crónica sentimental de España, based on the work under the same name by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
Tennessee, based on texts by Tennessee Williams (2006)
Sangre lunar, by José Sanchis Sinisterra (premiere at the Centro Dramático Nacional)
PPP, on Pier Paolo Pasolini's work
De Manolo a Escobar, by Marc Rosich
L’home de teatre, by Thomas Bernhard
Boris Vian, constructor d’imperis, on Boris Vian's novel
Mestres antics, by Thomas Bernhard (Teatre Romea production and Spanish version premiered at the Centro Dramático Nacional in the 2004 season)
Hamlet, o les conseqüències de l’amor filial, by Jules Laforgue (Festival Grec 03)
Traïció, by Harold Pinter
Et diré sempre la veritat, by Lluïsa Cunillé, Lluís Homar and Xavier Albertí (Temporada Alta de Girona 2002)
Carmen, by Georges Bizet (Teatro Verdi de Pisa production)
Marina, opera by Emilio Arrieta and Francesc Camprodon, (Festival de Peralada 2002 and  Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla)
Troilus i Cressida, by W. Shakespeare, version by Lluïsa Cunillé (Festival Grec 2002)
Homenatge a Conxita Badia i Anna Ricci (Gran Teatre del Liceu)
Orgía, by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Más extraño que el Paraíso, Xavier Albertí's performance work with texts by Jaime Gil de Biedma and Lluïsa Cunillé (Festival Grec 2001)
Pèndols d’aigua, by Francesc Meseguer
El gat negre, by Lluïsa Cunillé
I la llum no es veu. Pels carrers de Basquiat, by the dance company Lanònima Imperial
Tórtola Valencia, original choreographic cabaret by Xavier Albertí
Ànsia, by Sarah Kane Mirador, de Paco Zarzoso
Passatge Gutenberg, by Lluïsa Cunillé
Simon Bocanegra, opera by Giuseppe Verdi
The Meeting, by Lluïsa Cunillé (Edinburgh Festival 1999)
La Cita, by Lluïsa Cunillé (Festival Grec 1999)
Privado, by Lluïsa Cunillé
El llibre dels canvis, concert-performance with the group Vol ad libitum
El dia dels morts, by Narcís Comadira
Macbeth o Macbetto, by Xavier Albertí (Festival Internacional de Teatre de Sitges 1997)
La llavor dels somnis, on the poetic work of Narcís Comadira
Les paraules de l’ànima, on the poetic work of Ramon Llull
Una geografia estilogràfica, on the literary work of Josep Maria de Sagarra
Libración, by Lluïsa Cunillé
Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen, (Festival de Teatre al Carrer de Tàrrega 1993)
Un Otel•lo per a Carmelo Bene, (Festival Internacional de Teatre de Sitges 1993)
 
Awards
Extraordinary Award for the Dramatic Arts 1991 from the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona
Adrià Gual National Award bestowed by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Diputació de Barcelona in 1994
Special Critics’ Award, 1994/1995 season
Barcelona Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Director, 1993/1994 season
Serra d’Or Theatre Award, 1994/1995 season
Butaca Award 2004 for Best Theatre Direction for Vianants
Performing Arts Award 2005 from the Generalitat Valenciana for Best Non-Valencian Show for Mestres antics
Butaca Award 2007 and Critics’ Award 2007 for Best Musical Show for El Dúo de l’Africana
  ACCA (Catalan Association of Art Critics) Award for the Best Histotical Research Exhibition 2012 for El Paral•lel 1894-1939
Max Award 2015 for the Best Music Production for L’eclipsi
Butaca Award 2015 for the Best Lighting Design for Terra baixa