Josep R. Cerdà
- (Palma, 1971)
Josep Ramon Cerdà is an author and theatre director.
(The author explains at http://contextoteatral.es)
I like to put myself at the service of an idea. Whether it is mine or not is secondary. That's why I'm interested in dramaturgy to adapt classic texts that I'm passionate about (I've done it with Vania, An Enemy of the People, Hamlet, Frankenstein...) to the point that it's hard for me not to consider it at the same level as theatrical writing. When I write without commissions or preconceived structures, I tend to deal with universal themes (the passage of time, the struggle for power, ethical limits...) but always from the perspective of the intimate conflict of a few characters. I'm interested, as an author and as a spectator, in the theatre that makes you doubt, that touches you in some way and doesn't leave you impassive, although I don't like to test the patience of the spectator. I think I work for the actors, the director and the audience. All of them, I think, are the accomplices of the stories I want to tell.
Graduate in Catalan philology and professor. He was delegate of performing arts of the Balearic government (2007-2011) and was director of the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics (from 2015 to 2017). He has combined teaching with theatrical creation. He created the company Teatredequè. Between 2013 and 2015, he coordinated the Jardí desolat festival.
He is the author of the plays Calor, Fotos de Petra, Merceria, Més enllà de la mar and El mag de la platja. He has adapted An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, Hamlet Party, based on Shakespeare, and Victor and the Monster, based on Mary Shelley's novel. He created the dance show Imitació del foc, based on the work of Bartomeu Rosselló-Pòrcel, and has directed the short films Petra at the airport and Merceria.