Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
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N 51° 30.819 E 007° 05.447
32U E 367521 N 5708675
Quick Description: A typical German Drei-Sparten-Theater (three performing arts theater: opera, ballet, plays)
Location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Date Posted: 10/4/2014 11:22:31 AM
Waymark Code: WMMKP3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
"Musiktheater im Revier (MiR) (Music Theatre in the Ruhr) is the venue for performing opera, operetta, musical theatre and ballet in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It opened on 15 December 1959; it is listed since 1997 as a protected cultural monument.
The building offers two performance spaces: the Large House (Großes Haus) with 1,008 seats and about 200 performances per year, and the Small House (Kleines Haus) with 336 seats and about 120 annual performances. In contrast to the building's outside cubic appearance, the auditoria use a more curved design.
The building was designed by the German architect Werner Ruhnau. The cubic outer shell of the Large House is formed by a 4,500 square metres (48,000 sq ft) glass facade, which gives view into the interior and the cylindric casing of the auditorium and its stairways, and the two monumental sculptures by the French artist Yves Klein.

They consist of one 7×20 m (23×66 ft) monochrome sponge sculpture in a distinctive blue ("Gelsenkirchen Blue") because Klein's International Klein Blue was unsuitable for the large walls: the aceton-based mixture evaporated, the paint lost adhesion and luminescence, and it was highly flammable. A second, slightly smaller work, is in blue and white. These intensely blue reliefs, which are visible from the outside through the glass skin of the building, inspired the city's graphic artist, Uwe Gelesch, to introduce blue as Gelsenkirchen's house colour. The Small House features a mobile by Jean Tinguely. The building served as a location for the 1961 film The Miracle of Father Malachia by Bernhard Wicki."
Source: Wikipedia
Theater Name: Musiktheater im Revier

Country: Germany

Musiktheater im Revier
Gelsenkirchen, Deutschland

Web Site: [Web Link]

Venue: Other (specify in narrative)

Type of Productions:
Ballet, Opera, Operetta, Musical, Theatre

Restored Building: no

Date of Construction: 15. December 1959

Architect/Designer: Werner Ruhnau.

Seating Capacity: 1008

Special Productions/Events/Festivals:
"In 1968, Bernd Alois Zimmermann's work Photoptosis was premiered at the Musiktheater im Revier. The first performance of Albert Lortzing's 1899 opera Regina which used the composer's original libretto took place at the MiR in 1998. On 10 October 2003, Alexander Mullenbach's chamber opera Die Todesbrücke (The Death Bridge) saw its premiere here. The musical Strike Up the Band by George Gershwin saw its German premiere at the MiR in 2007 as had the German language production of his opera Porgy and Bess in 1970! Source:Wikipedia

Stage Type: Not listed

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