The National Theater in Timisoara opens roads. It is part of his history and destiny.
“As modern Romania will have to assume the moment when the representatives of the National stopped the show on stage and opened to the revolutionaries assembled in Victoriei Square, on December 16, 1989, the gates of the theater in the name of freedom and truth, changing history, all in the same spirit, following its purpose and role as creator For performances, but in pursuit of excellence and professionalism, the National Theater opens paths in the direction of citizenship, determination and humanity in all aspects of this concept.
Through the mediums of art, the National Theater in this way presents a high identity to Timisoara, in its national and European dimension, while respecting it and highlighting the clear contrasts that give the city its uniqueness. In the center of Civic Park, Room 2 of the National Theater in Timioara coagulates all these features, making it ground zero for the European theater capital and the heart of European Capital of Culture – Timișoara 2023.
Part of the Theresia Bastion, whose construction began in 1732, the building was erected in the middle of what would become, two centuries later, Civic Park in the second half of the 19th century and had various destinations: a riding school, warehouse, archive, and exhibition space; In the last decades of the last century it became a gymnasium, then a former gymnasium, and finally a theater. Given the eclectic style and location, the space is perfect for this use.
The theater building was reconstructed in 2008
Of course, we started playing in this place in 2008, immediately after the theater finished the first emergency interventions and sanitation operations. The look that TNTm Hall 2 currently enjoys dates back to 2009, when the entire building underwent a major restoration which included the construction of a stand-alone structure within the walls of the former riding school, creating and equipping space for the stage and intended for the public, but also creating a level for the booths, below the level of the performance hall.
At the opening ceremony, on January 25, 2010, the two authorities representing the city and the Ministry of Culture came together for the first time in the concept of the European Capital of Culture. Motivated by the visual transformation of Hall 2 TNTm, Mayor Gheorghe Ciuhandu, along with the representative of the Ministry of Culture, Demeter András István, launched Timișoara in the race for the title of European Capital of Culture. In 2016, Mayor Nikolai Robow approved the transfer of Hall 2 TNTm from municipal property into the public domain of the state and in the management of the National Theatre. From this moment on, Hall 2 TNTm became an exclusive theater space – an important step in the contemporary history of Romanian culture and the country’s cultural infrastructure. In 2019, Minister Daniel Braz realized the importance of this main objective for Romania, through the European Capital of Culture: the Ministry of Culture includes the restoration of Hall 2 TNTm in the emergency decree on the financing of the Timisoara project – the European Capital of Culture, as a priority objective. Minister Lucian Romașcanu invests Hall 2 TNTm in the sense of the future through the culture of Timiشوارoara European Capital of Culture, and as such, funds this goal through GEO.83 / 2022. From this moment on, Hall 2 TNTm begins its existence as a cornerstone and legacy of the European Capital of Culture for Romania, as of From 2023 onwards. The city, through its powers, will continue to take advantage of the opportunities that the National Theater opens through Hall 2 TNTm.
Civilization – the access to and practice of civilization – exists and develops through culture and education. The honesty, responsibility, concern, active, positive and constructive attitude that civilization signifies are the hallmarks of theater. From this perspective, the expansion and modernization of Hall 2 TNTm presents a great opportunity for development: “The Timisoara National Team is building today’s theater for tomorrow and for the next generation. Room 2 TNTm is an expression of society’s evolution in terms of civilization and education. It is a visionary project that transcends the boundaries of the present and embodies, in a concrete way , a valuable legacy for the future of the European Capital of Culture. Because that’s what it’s all about: 2023 turns Timisoara into a turntable that will transport Romania from the past to the future. As we prepare it now, people will live in the future. And the National Theater of Timisoara is consistent in its supposed choice to build infrastructure culturally sustainable, valuable, accessible and promising,” says Ada Hausfatter, Director of the National Theatre.
A performance hall fit for the twenty-first century
As such, in its new configuration, Hall 2 TNTm will meet theatrical performance standards for a twenty-first century man. Besides the renovation of Room 2 TNTm, the new configuration will have the effect of protecting the walls of this part of the Bastion. Likewise, in terms of its location, Hall 2 TNTm will be an attraction with important influences in the urban renewal of the area and, therefore, a great social opportunity.
Once again: European Capital of Culture means more than a year of cultural events. The European Capital of Culture means an open gateway to humanity, to civilization, to the light that exists in human beings, and to the high exchange of ideas. The National Theater took on this task from the very first moment, and if, more than a decade ago, when the cultural journey of this magnificent building began, Hall 2 TNTm was a space in imminent ruin, the National Theater transformed it from a metaphor for normalcy into a sense of citizenship and the clotting of creative energies , housed in a modern exhibition hall, preparing it since to develop as the heart of Timisoara – the European Capital of Culture, as a theater center of European caliber. And perhaps most importantly, in the heart of the city: “Hall 2 TNTm attracts a team and audience with a shared education, skills, rejection of professional compromises and the joy of being together, and being part of the growth and development where they live and work,” says Ada Hausvater.
We are in 2022. Emergency Decree No. The 83/2022 room includes 2 TNTm in the European Capital of Culture investment programme. From now on, the realization of this project is a race against time. Race for which the National Theater is fully equipped. The visual project of the National Theater makes Hall 2 TNTm a mirror image of this city that draws its breath from its eclectic past and presents itself, in avant-garde formats, towards the future.”
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