In line with some 30 other French cities, Nice has its own Centre Dramatique National (CDN) known as Nice Côte d'Azur - Théâtre National de Nice. The creation of this Centre in Nice was decided upon in 1969 following agreement between the city of Nice and the relevant ministry, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. As with all similar establishments, the CDN benefits from an operating grant accorded to its director : partly from the State, partly from the city, and equally, in the case of the CDN of Nice, partly from the district and the county. Directors are nominated by the Ministry of Culture in agreement with the town hall. Their contract is of three-year duration, and may be renewed in certain cases.
- Gabriel Monnet : 6 years
- Jean-Pierre Bisson in co-direction with Jérôme Walrafen : 3 years
- Jean-Louis Thamin in co-direction with Stéphane Lissner : 6 years
- Jacques Weber : 15 years
- Daniel Benoin : 12 years
- Irina Brook since 1st January 2014
The Centre has a very important two-fold mission : in-house theatrical creation, and the programming of external productions which reflect the major movements in contemporary theatre. Beyond its principal activity, theatre, the Centre also welcomes contemporary dance companies, recitals and concerts during its season.
The Centre Dramatique National de Nice offers on average about 30 different performances each season. The provisional building which housed the CDN’s activities was demolished in 1988 and replaced by a "solid" theatre which was inaugurated in December 1989.
This new theatre comprises two performance spaces : the Pierre Brasseur auditorium, in the Italian style with 963 numbered seats, and the Michel Simon amphitheatre, with 318 seats which are not pre-designated.
The Théâtre National de Nice is one of the leading Centres Dramatiques in France along with Lyon, Grenoble and Marseille, as much in terms of its creativity and quality of external programming, as for its diversity.
30 years after its creation, the CDN boasts more than 11,000 season ticket holders.
Audiences come essentially from Nice and other towns in the Alpes-Maritimes (Cannes, Menton, Grasse, Antibes…), but also from the Nice hinterland, from the Var (Draguignan, Toulon...) as well as from bordering Italian towns.
Troupes are invited by the Théâtre National de Nice in accordance with the intelligence and demanding criteria of Nice audiences. Thus, over the past years, the public has welcomed such great actors as Jeanne Moreau, Nicole Garcia, Nathalie Baye, Maria Casarès, Denise Gence, Judith Magre, Emmanuelle Béart, Alice Sapritch, Christine Fersen, Emmanuelle Devos, Isabelle Nanty, Françoise Fabian, Marthe Keller, Carole Bouquet, Myriam Boyer, Sophie Duez, Fanny Cottençon, Valérie Kaprisky, Jane Birkin, Helena Noguerra, Romane Borhinger... Gérard Depardieu, Gérard Desarthe, Philippe Clévenot, Jean Carmet, Guy Tréjan, Daniel Auteuil, Michel Aumont, Roland Bertin, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Bernard Giraudeau, Roland Blanche, Eric Elmosnino, François Berléand, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Fabrice Lucchini, Nils Arestrup, Jean-Michel Dupuy, François Marthouret...
Most of the prominent directors of the last years have presented productions at the Centre Dramatique National de Nice : Jérôme Savary, Jean-Pierre Vincent, Claude Régy, Roger Planchon, Bob Wilson, Giorgio Strehler, Peter Brook, Georges Lavaudant, Jorge Lavelli, Luc Bondy, Olivier Py, Yves Beaunesne, Bartabas, Alain Françon, Joël Jouanneau, Irina Brook, Benno Besson, André Engel, Frédéric Bélier-Garcia, Dan Jemmett, Claudia Stavisky, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Alfredo Arias...
As for dance : Pina Baush, Lucinda Childs, Jennifer Muller, Carolyn Carlson, Karole Armitage, William Forsythe, Philippe Decouflé, Angelin Preljocaj, Blanca Li, Claude Brumachon, Alain Platel, Daniel Larrieu, Anne Teresa de Keersrmaeker, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui...
The creations and productions of the Centre Dramatique National de Nice often continue by touring to Marseille, Lyon, Paris, and various provincial cities.
Since 1997, the Théâtre National de Nice has been part of the European Theatre Convention which brings together some 30 theatres across Europe. During the 1999/2000 season, a festival of European theatre took place in Nice under the auspices of the ETC. It was on 1st January 2002, that the theatre officially took the title Théâtre National de Nice.
THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DE NICE
Centre Dramatique National Nice Côte d'Azur
Directed by Irina Brook
Promenade des Arts
Téléphone 04 93 13 90 90
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