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gran teatro

Cervantes

 Ta n g e r

 1913-2013 


A theatre named desire 

I

n Tangier, the Dream City, a crossroads of arts and civilizations, one of the most beautiful theatres in Africa, the Gran Teatro Cervantes, is dying.


O

pened 100 years ago in 1913, this testiment to Art Nouveau in Tangier, the place of culture and excellence, is falling apart.


D

iego JimĂŠnez, a Spanish architect, heavily influenced by Gaudi and born in Tangier, is the creator of this beautifully balanced 1,200 seat theatre.


T

he Theatre Cervantes could accommodate plays, operas, concerts, film screenings, meetings, balls‌


M

oroccan theatre was born there in 1929, with the troupe “Al Hilal”, who played in arabic Shakespeare’s Othello, with costumes from Paris.


G

reat artists of the twentieth century have graced its stage; actors, singers, musicians‌


T

he Sevillian Cรกndido Mata is the author of the statues and bas-reliefs, and Federico Ribera painted the fresco of the dome, which can still be partly seen today.


D

on Manuel Pe単a, aristocrat of Sevilla installed in Tangier, created the Cervantes theatre for his wife Do単a Esperanza Orellana.


C

losed in 1962, now is a crucial time to take action to restore the building, develop programming, and give life to this symbol of international culture in Morocco.


“I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers” Tennessee Williams


Photographs : © Noémie Bablet (p. 5, 6, 9, 13, 14, 18) Éric Martinez (cover, p. 2, 10, 17, 21) © Jeremy Whelehan (p. 22) Printed in Tangier, Morocco, by Litograf, in july 2013


Let’ save the Cervantes Theatre of Tangier the 5th of october Cervantes Theatre 8.30 pm

   www.theatre-cervantes-tangier.com   


Let' save the Cervantes Theatre of Tangier