Teatre Nacional de Catalunya
Plaça de les Arts, 1
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Teatre Nacional de Catalunya
On 11 September 1997, the Catalan “Diada” or National Day of Catalonia, the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya was inaugurated, giving Catalonia the best possible framework in which to show the most globalising of all the arts: theatre.
This is a building which will further increase the prestige of Catalonia and its culture and which is currently a source of pride for all its citizens.
The Teatre Nacional de Catalunya was born with the object of consolidating quality theatre both on a national and international level, which, from the capacity for aesthetic daring and the will to serve of public theatre, completes a theatre characterised by the creativity and richness of its initiatives.
Creation will be the backbone of all the Theatre’s activity and its main objects will be contemporary Catalan and foreign plays, the revision of the classics, dance and promotion of Catalan cultural tradition, but also to open a window onto artistic renovation.
Exterior projection will be one of the aspects of the Theatre given most priority in order to diffuse Catalan scenic creation in all its forms and to turn it into a meeting point for the most prestigious national and international creators.
The Theatre will also be a space for boosting contemporary culture and thought and a privileged framework for exchanges between the actor and audience.
The building and its location
The construction of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya in Plaça de les Glòries in Barcelona, designed by Ricardo Bofill, has revitalised a neighbourhood which was in need of a profound urban transformation. In this regard, it has also contributed notably to re-establishing the balance of the city of Barcelona in favour of equipment.
Furthermore, the Plaça de les Arts, with the location of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, has become one of the great cultural centres of the city. When work finishes on the Auditorium of Barcelona which, designed by Ricard Moneo with an area of 36,000 m2, is being built in the same area, it will become one of the most important areas for the culture of the country.
The Theatre is a complex made up of two structures. The main building in the form of a parthenon holds the Sala Gran and Sala Petita (Big and Small Houses), as well as the foyer, an area for the actors and all the complementary services. It has an area of 20,000 m2 covered by a sloped roof resting on 26 impressive pillars of 12 metres in height. This combination of classical forms and monumental proportions makes the Theatre stand out in the urban landscape of Barcelona and on the international architectural stage.
The second, auxiliary, building is in harmony with the general composition and has an appearance which is both traditional and modern. In this structure we find the Tallers (Workshops) of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, containing a multifunctional theatre for producing all kinds of shows.