Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
The Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles was founded in Brussels as the Théâtre National de Belgique in 1945 by decree of the Prince Regent, at the instigation of Belgian actor and director Jacques Huisman. Huisman wanted to encourage interest in high-quality theatre, raise awareness of Belgian theatre both here and abroad, and showcase the country’s actors. For a long time, the theatre was associated with the Centre Rogier building, moving there in 1961. When it was decided to demolish the Centre in 1999, the theatre had to find a provisional home and opted for the old Pathé Palace cinema in Boulevard Anspach/Anspachlaan. Soon afterwards, a new building was put up, designed by the architectural firm L’Escaut, SCA Architectes Associés and Atelier Gigogne. The new theatre was inaugurated on 16 November 2004. The idea was that this heavily-glazed structure by the side of a major urban boulevard should blend in with the surrounding buildings. The architects tried to alternate between “transparency and opacity, like a veil cast over the mysteries of the performing arts”. They designed three auditoriums: the largest one, a modular space, seats 750; the 250-seat small auditorium encourages a closer relationship between the actors and those watching them; and the third auditorium, the Studio, is ideal for performances intended for an even smaller audience. The Théâtre National puts on an extremely wide-ranging programme (theatre, dance, music, festivals, exhibitions, etc.), attracting a very diverse audience.
Guided tours that allow access to the rooms: Sat. at 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30 (in French).
Exhibition: “Endless Night”. Alexander Gronsky’s photographic work focuses on landscapes. Abandoned, silent, they allow the artist to reflect on the effects of environment on local populations. The Endless Night series, from which the images presented on the walls of the theatre are taken, poetically immortalises the polar night in Murmansk, Russia.
Sat. only, 13:00 to 18:00
Boulevard Émile Jacqmain/Émile Jacqmainlaan 111-115, Brussels
Guided tours by reservation only, exhibition in free access