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Stage Machinery of the Bourla Theater

PERSPECTIV - Association of Historic Theatres in Europe

Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra

The Bourla is the last remaining municipal theatre in Europe with original stage machinery, created by the French company Philastre and Cambon in 1834.

The stage machinery as well as the Neo-Classical building by the Belgian architect Pierre Bourla were, in fact, completely restored in 1993 in the context of Antwerp European Capital of Culture and even received a Europa Nostra Award.

If the historic and still workable machinery in the fly tower and understage is dismantled and replaced by modern equipment - as proposed by the resident company - one of the only theatres in Europe where 19th century operas and dramas can be staged authentically will be irreparably lost.

Owner:
Municipality of Antwerp

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  • Title: Stage Machinery of the Bourla Theater
  • Creator: PERSPECTIV - Association of Historic Theatres in Europe
  • Location: Antwerp, Belgium

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