The Timișoara National Theatre takes it upon itself to enter public consciousness in the following five years as the most important meeting place between people and forms of art. We wish for the National Theatre to represent for everyone in the community an open space, dedicated to communication.
As community is defined by dialogue and theatre is profoundly linked to the cultural and social life of the city, it is important for our repertory to offer quality shows to all categories of audience, from various social circles, meeting the most diverse interests.
The National Theatre is an institution inseparably connected to the cultural pulse, the social and artistic life of both Romania and Timișoara. The dynamics of its evolution – unprecedented in the 72 years history of the theatre – has had a positive feedback from its audience and the theatre has thus become a central point of cultural life for all theatre goers. Contemporary interpretations of classical drama, theatre in its utmost actuality, fusion shows mixing various forms of art, all are reflected in the programmes that define our activity each season.
The very structure of these programmes obviously assesses a connection between managerial planning, artistic diversity and available venues. Thus, the UNIVERSALIS programme aims at bringing to the stage essential titles of universal drama, whereas CLASSIC ROMANIA focuses on representative drama texts of the classic Romanian dramaturgy. Both programmes, to which are added others such as INFANT (dedicated to children’s theatre) and MixART (composed of theatre-dance shows, musicals etc.), primarily make use of the à l’italienne configuration and the capacity of the theatre’s main venue – The Main Stage.
Sala 2, which, following the repair work it undertook in 2009 has become one of the most modern theatre venues in Romania, will continue to develop so as to meet the challenges of the most modern forms of art. The programmes TODAY’S ROMANIA, focusing on new Romanian drama and NEW THEATRE, dedicated to contemporary universal theatre, are perfectly developed in this venue which provides great opportunities for theatrical experiment, for original approaches and exploring the greatest themes of the present. In the near future, theatre goers are in store for an even newer venue at Sala 2, in addition to the one already there, who is to be optimized for theatrical performance; as the Town Hall plans to reconstruct the Civic Park, transforming Sala 2 into one of Timisoara’s focal points, the exterior areas will be rendered suitable for outdoor performances, an esplanade will be built in order to allow the raising of a circus tent to house theatrical activities dedicated to children.
The third venue belonging to the National Theatre – Studio 5 – is the preferred performing space for a greater, younger part of our audience. Its configuration responds to the needs for intimacy suitable for a programme such as FACE TO FACE, which insists on the proximity between actor and spectator, on interactive theatre. In the near future, we intend to take this location one step further and to construct in the areas adjoining the venue a professional recording studio and a radio station.
Other programmes that complete the profile of the Timisoara National Theatre are: TOGETHER, a programme that consist of artistic projects created as a result of the partnership with the Civil Society, and the organisations and institutions representing the various ethnical, religious or social structures in Timisoara, the EUROPEAN FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS – NEW ROMANIAN DRAMA FESTIVAL, a prominent cultural event on a national level, that contextualises Romanian theatre as an integral part of the European artistic phenomenon and which „takes over” the town through the section dedicated to outdoor performances, THE NATIONAL DRAMA CONTEST, an annual competition aiming at discovering and promoting contemporary drama, the workshops dedicated to professionals, the TIME FOR THEATRE programme (theatre classes for amateurs) or the editing of books on theatre.
In the near future, the Timisoara National Theatre will inaugurate a fourth venue in the former Synagogue in the historical district of Fabric, dedicated to theatrical experiments and fusion shows that will be created as part of the EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR THE MULTICULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS.
Last, but not least, starting with March 2012, activity will begin at the STAGE SET FACTORY built by the Timisoara National Theatre – the first professional production line for stage sets in Romania – which will vacate an important location in the historical centre of Timisoara, thus permitting the creating of new areas dedicated to theatrical performances, exhibitions, rehearsal rooms etc.
The steps we gradually take to accomplish these objectives will result in the transformation of the National Theatre into an internationally relevant theatrical centre, at the same time community oriented through the constant preoccupation with social and audience directed theatre. In the long run, once these goals of maximum importance for our institution and equally for Timisoara are met, the National Theatre will consolidate its position as leader of the cultural Western Romania.
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