The neo-classical façade of the theatre remains intact and links to the history of Le Muse theatre,
while the new project
has completely redesigned the insides in the form of a large piazza, both
in the materials and shapes. The theatre of the city of Ancona
features a hall of over one
thousand seats, a stage of almost 400 square metres, a fireproof curtain that is
the only one of its kind in Europe (designed by the sculpture Valeriano
Trubbiani), a smaller theatre of 186 seats, as
well as ultra-modern facilities and spaces for the artists and the public.
Built in 1827 from
by Pietro Ghinelli,
neoclassical in style, with a typical horseshoe shaped room and four
seating sectors, Le Muse theatre in Ancona is to reopen on 13th October of this year
as a new piece of architecture with a history brimming with evocative
juxtapositions. Maestro Riccardo Muti will be conducting the inauguration
With the addition
of two reinforced concrete pillars, a project dating back to the Nineteen
Seventies blotted out the original image of Le Muse and permanently
separated the external theatre casing from its dull interior architecture.
From here in, the new
design by the two architects Danilo Guerri and Paola Salmoni "restored"
a complementary rapport between the modern interior and the neoclassical
façades, preserving as much as they could (the entrance staircase, the
original lobby) and creating a certain degree of continuity with the
external urban setting, where emphasis was placed on the most public
places in the theatre (lobby, foyer, reception rooms). The result is a
theatre-plaza featuring materials that recapture the nomadic and temporary
spirit inherent of a "performance" (wood and metal, trellises
and galleries) as well as the spirit of the urban monument (bricks and
stones, rhetorical shapes and collective meanings).
With its rehearsal
rooms, reception rooms and acoustics
researched in Tokyo and Bologna, Le Muse theatre
is the biggest in the Marche, a
special region as far as theatres are concerned, housing 78 theatres
currently in use (and another forty to be reopened) for a population of a
million and a half inhabitants. The new Le Muse Theatre is one of the most modern cutting-edge
playhouses in Central of Italy.
With over a
thousand seats, Le Muse theatre is fitted with a fireproof
curtain in accordance with legal requirements, handmade by an
artist, the first in Europe. In styling the curtain, the sculptor Valeriano Trubbiani
imagined the enormous rolling shutter that closes the 360 square metre
stage in to be like the side of an ancient ship thick with steel
planking featuring a figurehead shining with bronze alto-rilievos sculptured into a black background. An auspicious sun
laughs in the midst of a kind of baroque triumph with four metopes, Trajan's Arch and a curious little horse that seems to want to
escape from a monstrance in a sacred portrayal.
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Teatro delle Muse
Via della Loggia – 60121 Ancona
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