Ollé, Àlex

Àlex Ollé (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈaɫəks uˈʎe]) (Barcelona, 1960) is one of the six artistic directors of La Fura dels Baus, one of the most innovative and prestigious theatre companies on the international scene, which was founded in 1979 and has been characterised from the start by the search for its own language in which public participation is key for developing the show. Prominent works from its early period include Accions (1984), Suz/O/Suz (1985), Tier Mon (1988), Noun (1990) and MTM (1994), which established La Fura dels Baus as a top company among both critics and the public.

In collaboration with Carlus Padrissa, Ollé created and directed Mediterrani, mar olímpic, the epicentre of the opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, an event that fascinated and left a mark on millions of viewers around the world.

Since then, Ollé’s theatrical career has been characterised by different genres, creating and directing plays, operas and large-format shows for different commemorations and events, always with the mark of his own personal language and that of the company he founded.

Opera

From 1996

1996 L'Atlàntida by de Falla The first opera were joint projects with Carlus Padrissa and the artist Jaume Plensa

1997 Le Martyre de saint Sébastien

1999
El Feo by Pablo Ponce, at the Vicente Calderón Stadium of Opera
La damnation de Faust at the Salzburg Festival

From 2000

2000 D.Q.,Don Quijote in Barcelona by José Luis Turina and libretto by Justo Navarro premiered at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona

2003 The magic flute at Ruhrtriennale, a co-production of the Opéra de Paris and the Teatro Real in Madrdid

2007 Bluebeard's Castle by Béla Bartók and The Diary of One Who Disappeared by Leoš Janáček presented under a single programme, a co-production of the Opéra de Paris and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

2009 With the collaboration of Valentina Carrasco Le Grand Macabre by György Ligeti, co-produced by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, the English National Opera in London and the Opera di Roma. In 2010, this stage work was selected to open the 50th Adelaide Festival of Arts in Australia.

2010 with Carlus Padrissa , Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, debuted at the Teatro Real in Madrid and was rebroadcast live via satellite to 127 movie theatres in Europe in Mexico.

From 2011

2011 Quartet by Luca Francesconi, based on the play of the same name by Heiner Müller. The opera debuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and was co-produced with the Wiener Festwochen in collaboration with IRCAM in Paris. This production received the prestigious Abbiati Award for La migliore Novità assoluta. Tristan und Isolde at the Opéra National de Lyon. French critics have chosen this production as one of the top three winners of the year by the newspaper Le Temps.

in collaboration with Valentina Carrasco Oedipe by George Enescu, co-produced by the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Opéra de Paris.

2013 Un ballo in maschera at Sydney Opera House in January, won the Helpmann Award for the opera stage direction in the season 2012/2013. This was a production between Sydney Opera House, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet of Oslo. Il prigioniero by Dallapiccola and Erwartung by Arnold Schoenberg opened in Justice & Injustice festival in the Opéra National de Lyon, Aida together with Carlus Padrissa, to open the centenary of the Arena di Verona

2014 Madama Butterfly the Opera Handa a mounting outdoors in the Bay of Sydney; Faust by Gounod, a coproduction of the Teatro Real and the Nederlandse Opera Der fliegende Holländer the Opéra National de Lyon, the Opéra de Lille, Opera Australia (Melbourne Opera) and the Bergen National Opera.

2015 Pelleas et Melisande at the Semperoper Dresden Il trovatore a staging inspired by World War I, co-produced by De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and the Opéra de Paris

2016 February this production was rebroadcast live to 180 European cinemas during its representations in Opéra de la Bastille in Paris.

September Norma at The Royal Opera House in London, a show that was broadcast live in 100 European cinemas.

In October La bohème in the Teatro Regio Torino, to celebrate the 120th anniversary of its release, a co-production with the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

2017 Alceste at the Opéra National de Lyon Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher by Arthur Honegger La Damoiselle élue by Claude Debussy, Frankfurt Opera and the Teatro Real de Madrid

Theater

The plays that Àlex Ollé has directed include F@ust 3.0 (1998), based on the novel Faust by Goethe; La Riñonera de David (1999), which was inspired by his son David; XXX (2001), based on La philosophie dans le boudoir [Philosophy in the bedroom] by the Marquis de Sade, both in collaboration with Carlus Padrissa; Metamorphosis (2005), together with Javier Daulte, based on Franz Kafka’s text and Boris Godunov (2008), with David Plana, a play based on the attack on the Dubrovka Theatre in Moscow and on the work of Alexander Pushkin. In 2010 he co-directed Samuel Beckett’s First love with Miquel Gorriz, a co-production of the Chekov International Theatre Festival in Moscow and the Grec Theatre Festival in Barcelona. In 2017, he directed Jovo: My Wonderful Friends, a play written by aspiring theater performer Marco Moriche.

Other works

He has also participated in many large-scale shows, either alone or in collaboration with Carlus Padrissa, such as La navaja en el ojo, for the opening of the 2001 Valencia Biennial; Naumaquia, created for the Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona in 2004; the opening of the Track Cycling World Championships in Palma in 2007; Window of the city, the thematic show for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China and Istambul, Istambul in 2012, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). In 2014 he created, with the architect Benedetta Tagliabue BCN.RESET, a route of ephemeral architecture through the streets of Barcelona.

His sole foray into the world of film is Fausto 5.0, a movie he co-directed with Carlus Padrissa and Isidro Ortiz, a screenplay by Fernando León de Aranoa. Debuting in 2001 at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, it received the Méliès d’Or Award in 2003 (among others) for the best European fantasy film.

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