The Auditorio de Tenerife organises a  workshop on stage design by architect and expert set designer Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda. This cultural space is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, led by Councillor Concepción Rivero. The course runs from 16th to 18th March from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda has a long career in theatre set design having worked in both classical and contemporary repertoires, in addition to other genres of the performing arts like dance, zarzuela, opera or musicals.

This workshop, with limited places available, is recommended for theatre studies students or stage design professionals. The enrolment fee is 30 euros, and to enrol you need to send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The workshop will deal with basic topics to handle a project, taking as reference Maurice Ravel’s L'heure espagnole. It is a short, amusing, and simple opera ideal to go over the whole stage process step by step.

On the first day, general issues will be dealt with such as the general approach to a creative stage process, the director-stage designer relationship plus text analysis and dramaturgy applied to the stage.

The second day, the approach chosen will be applied to the text including its analysis, points of view, influence of the space on the story and the stage, real space and space-time applied to the text.

On the third day the practical proposals applied to the chosen text will be discussed; you will learn the rudiments of the psychologic view of space; we’ll discuss the antagonist space and the proposals made will be assessed before reaching a conclusion.

Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda studied architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid specialising in building. He has worked for major national and international opera houses in works like El pintor de Colomer (stage director A. Boadella, Teatros del Canal), Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Ullmann (G. Tambascio, Teatro Real, Madrid), Brundibár by Krása (S. Gómez, Teatro Real, Madrid), Verdi’s Don Carlo  (A. Boadella, Teatro Auditorio San Lorenzo de El Escorial), La bohème by Puccini (A. Romero, Denmark National Opera), Giordano’s Andrea Chenier (A. Romero, Festival Castell de Peralada), Idomeneo by Mozart (J. Lavelli, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires), etc.

He has designed the sets for the musicals Billy Elliot (D. Serrano, stage director), Cabaret (J. Azpilicueta), Sunset Boulevard (J. Azpilicueta), Hoy no me puedo levantar (D. Ottone), Sonrisas y lágrimas (J. Azpilicueta) and Más de 100 mentiras (D. Serrano), among others.

His works for the theatre include Divinas palabras by Valle-Inclán (G. Vera, stage director), Shelley’s Frankenstein (G. Tambascio), Lúcido by Spregelburd (A. Ochandiano), Antigone by Sophocles (M. García Lozano), The Miser by Molière (J. Lavelli), Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (A. Ochandiano), Splendid's by Genet (J. C. Plaza) and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (T. Townsend), among many others.

He has also worked with the Ballet Nacional de España [Spanish National Ballet] in The Heart of Jade (choreography by J. Antonio) and Negro Goya (J. Antonio). He has designed the sets for El amor brujo / El sombrero de tres picos (C. Vilán, Bucharest National Opera House), Baile de máscaras (Rojas y Rodríguez), El bestiario (N. Castejón), El amor brujo (M. Carrasco) and A Floresta do Amazonas (B. Cezario, Teatro Amazonas, Manaos).