The National Theater of Catalonia in Barcelona positions itself as “a theater open to new theatrical languages”, and this is entirely justified. But at the same time in this theater there are wonderful performances of Spanish classics, some of the best in Barcelona. The National Theater of Catalonia was opened in 1996 as a public theater created to maintain the national Spanish culture (in fact, that’s why classics are so good and so much here).
It is modeled after the London Royal Opera: in the theater there are two halls – large and smaller, and apart from them there are several small studio rooms, in which there are many different small events at the same time: student performances in various genres, concerts (mostly innovative or non-formal), master classes and many others.
You should come here if you want to see something completely new for yourself, very Spanish, but unknown in Russia.
This troupe is purely stage, the opera and the ballet are not staged here. The guest performers are also small. The specialization of the theater is Spanish drama. Sometimes there is a world classic, but it’s not enough.
The basis of the program of this theater is plays by Spanish authors, both classical and modern, but modern, perhaps, more. They usually go in the author’s versions. Also the theater accepts quite a few invited directors with modernist performances.
In addition to performances, there is a lot of other events. Concerts are few, but there are a lot of film screenings – mostly old black and white films, or avant-garde films, or something highly intellectual. Many documentaries (usually very beautifully shot).
In small halls-studios there are a lot of different things – you can choose almost any taste, and tickets for them you can not buy in advance. Also there are exhibitions, mainly related to the Spanish culture, they are usually small, but good. Most often, these are exhibitions of paintings, photographs or sculptures, but there is also something more non-standard.
This theater has a unique building. It was built especially for him by the famous Spanish architect-postmodernist Ricardo Bofil. In his project, it was conceived to combine modernism and classicism.
As a result, it turned out to be a completely unique building, which combines glass walls and classical Greek columns. It looks modern and classic at the same time. Inside the 3 large halls (Sala Grande, Sala Pequena and Sala Talleres) and many studios, outside the theater is surrounded by a beautiful park.
You should come here if you want to see something completely new for yourself, very Spanish, but almost unknown in Russia. When planning it is worth considering that in this theater there are a lot of small halls, when choosing to do this you need to pay attention, otherwise you risk getting to the event much smaller than expected.
The cost of tickets is quite low: from 20 to 28 EUR.
Plaça de les Arts, 1, 08013 Barcelona
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