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Lluís Pasqual
(1951 - living) Spain

Lluís Pasqual

Theatre director

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Born in Reus, Catalonia, Pasqual studied humanities in Barcelona and started working in the theatre as an actor. Later he became a diction teacher at he Escola de Teatre de l'Orfeó de Sants. In the 1970s he worked with several Catalan singers, whose concerts he directed. As a director, he built his reputation on his work for the Teatre Lliure (Barcelona) in the early 1980s. He also spent study periods in Poland, where he collaborated with the National Theatre of Warsaw.

In the eraly 1980s he moved to Madrid to become director of the National Theatre, and in 1991 he was made director of the Théâtre de l'Odéon in Paris. He has also been successful in directing opera.

Although he has never overstated his homosexuality, he has never made any efforts to conceal it, and an appearance on a television programme with a T-shirt with a printed pink triangle was enthusiastically commented on by Spanish gay critics.

Pasqual is representative of the relaxed (but still silent) attitude the Spanish theatrical world has towards homosexuality.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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