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Theatrical production company

It was founded in 2011 in Barcelona with the aim of bringing together professionals from the city’s theatre scene around independent, innovative and contemporary projects. Very often the theatrical dynamics, public and private, respond to strictly business or programmatic criteria and the actors, directors, stage designers, etc … who carry them out, we end up not having any attachment with the productions in which we participate. La Brutal wants to be the motor of personal, genuine projects with a marked urban accent. We are a production company committed to the changes that surround us and with the firm will to attract new audiences to the theatre. Complicity, risk, emotion, words, physicality, analysis, the search for new forms and narratives … are central concepts in our theatrical practice.

Artistic direction and production coordination

DAVID SELVAS

Director and actor of theatre, film and television. In 2005 he made his director debut with Richard Strand’s The Bug at Barcelona’s Muntaner Theatre and Who is P?, an open rehearsal on Pier Paolo Paolini that was presented at the Espai Lliure in 2006. In 2006 he also directed Sam Shepard’s True West at the Temporada Alta festival. This show was performed during the 06-07 season at Barcelona’s Versus Teatre. In 2010 he directs Anton Txékhov’s The seagull,  a co-production between CAER and  Barcelona’s Grec Festival . In 2012 directs Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at the Teatre Lliure. In the same year 2012 David Hare’s The blue room  and in 2013 Oleanna by David Mammet. Among other things, he has recently directed Tom Kushner’s Angels in America at the Teatre Lliure.

Among his latest shows as an actor are Brian Friel’s Give me your answer, Do!, directed by Silvia Munt; Donald Margulies’ Time stands still, directed by Julio Manrique; King Lear, directed by Lluís Pasqual;  Harold Pinter’s No man’s land directed by  Xavier Albertí; Letters. Anton Txékhov and Olga Knipper, directed by Pau Carrió; Anton Txékhov’s  The cherry Orchard, directed by Julio Manrique; Product, by Marck Ravenhill, directed.by Julio Manrique; Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s fan, directed by Josep Maria Mestres, and En cualquier parte d’Álex Mañas at the Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya as part of the Barcelona Grec Festival 2007 programme.

He has also starred in Maksim Gorki’s  Summerfolk directed by Carlota Subirós, at Sala Fabià Puigserver (2006), Salamandra, dir. Toni Casares (2005); La Celestina (2004) and Le Polygraphe (2000), directed by Robert Lepage; Coriola directed by Georges Lavaudant (2002); Juli Cesar, directed by Àlex Rigola (2001); Measure for measure, directed by Calixto Bieito (1999). Restes humanes sense identificar, directed by Manuel Dueso (2001).

In cinema he has worked with Ventura Pons (Carícies i Amic/Amat), Marc Recha (Pau i el seu germà), Juan Luís Iborra (Valentín), Felipe Vega (Nubes de verano), Azucena Rodríguez (El atlas de geografía humana), Steven Sodenbergh (Guerrilla), Xavier Berraondo (Ens veiem demà), Carles Torres (Trash) and Daneil Monzón (Celda 211), Oriol Paulo (Contratiempo). He has also participated in various television series since 1994 for TVC, such as Nissaga de poder, Crims, Laberint d’ombres, El príncep de Viana, Mujeres de Moda, Àngels i Sants, Mar de fons, Serrallonga and La riera. She has also starred in some tv movies such as Marcats a Foc, The Lost and Asunto Reiner.

Management and executive production

ÁLVARO BARTOLOMÉ

He has worked as a producer for La Brutal since 2011 and as an manager since 2013. He has been an executive producer in several theatre productions (The seagull, The blue room, Espiadimonis,…). It has also collaborated with different sector agents  such as Bitò produccions, Teatre Lliure, La Troca and CAER.

It combines theatre production with the organisation and coordination of other cultural events:  LOOP Fair, sporadic collaborations within Barcelona’s ICUB (Mercè festivities, Montjuïc de nit,…). He also worked at Expo Zaragoza (2008) as part of the team in charge of the coordination of the cultural activities from the participant countries.

Graduate in Art History from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Master in Conservation and Restoration of Heritage from the University of Alcalá de Henares. He began his career as a producer in various audiovisual media, collaborating with producers such as: Antena 3 TV, Boca-Boca, Filmax,…

Production and distribution

TERESA PARÉS

Responsible for distribution, production and administration of La Brutal.

She has been working on theatre management and production since 2003, collaborating with theatre, music and audiovisual production companies.

Producer at Reus’s Centre d’Arts Escèniques both in the area of theatre productions as well as in Festival’s such as  Trapezi and Cos from 2005-2008. Works as part of the production  team at the Palacio de Congresos during Expo Zaragoza 2008. She has also worked in several theatre production companies Tanttaka Teatroa, Antigua & Barbuda developing management, production and coordination of tours.

Communication and press

MIREIA FARRARONS

Responsible for communication and press of La Brutal.

Graduate in Art History from the University of Barcelona (UB) and Master in Business Communication from Pompeu Fabra University (IDEC-UPF).

Since November 2007 she has been working in production and communication at the Sala Beckett/Obrador Internacional de Dramatúrgia. Also since November 2007, developing and maintaining projects such as L’Obrador d’estiu de la Sala Beckett, Catalandrama, La casa dels autors, el grup de teatre jove Els Malnascuts and Revista Pausa, among others. In 2017 she works as executive producer for the musical theatre production Next to normal, premiered in Barcelona and also showed at Madrid, Las Palmas, and Bilbao.

She has worked in the public attention department of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, in the communication department of the Teatre Lliure, carrying out public attention and public relations tasks. She has also collaborated with Caixafòrum Barcelona with the programming of the parallel activities of the seasonal exhibitions.

Web and graphic design

JOAN AGUADÉ

Industrial designer, multimedia technology specialist and web programmer.

He has a long experience in multimedia web environment and TV.

After a few years working as an industrial designer and web developer and designer since the beginnings of Internet in 2000 moved to Madrid to work at Globomedia as director of R & D in new TV formats and interactive production, developing synergies between TV and Internet and producing the different websites of programs and series of the production company.

In 2004 he founded Kemdefer from where he specialized in the design for the new Media.

In the cultural sector, he is a member of the Perejil’s Sounds Association and of Laboratori Visual, where he collaborates as a multimedia and audiovisual technician.

In Theatre he has made the audiovisuals for the productions of Reus CAER “My Zinc Bed” by David Hare and “El Mort“.

www.kemdefer.com

Photography and image

FELIPE MENA

He studied photography at the Instituto de les Arts Visuals (IAV) and since 1999, he specializes in advertising, music and arts, interior design and fashion.

He has worked with agencies and studios such as TBWA, Atipus, CM2, El Paso Estudio, etc. Clients: Catalunya Caixa, Vichy Catalan, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Bodegas Torres, Fira de Barcelona, Gremi d’Hotels de Barcelona, Apropa Cultura, Hotel Colon, Henkel, Duward, Dewar’s, etc. Publicat en medis com: Ctrl y estrategias, Proyecto Contract, Neo2, Tendencias, El Periódico, Trax, etc. Photographed music bands such as: Mürfila, The Last 3 Lines, Hedtrip, Ultraido, Antonio Ramos “Maca”, Ultraplayback, etc.

In theatre he has taken poster and stage photographs of the following works: The seagull (2010), Hedda Gabler (2011), The blue room (2012), Llibert (2013).

www.felipemena.com