Theater of Chartres
Duration : 1 animation principale et 12 animations d’1min30
No need to go inside, the Chartres theater reveals its secrets on its illuminated façade. You begin your discoveries by following a love affair in the backstage of the theater. 12 moving pictures will follow and will pay tribute to the arts of the living spectacle.
Take a front row seat to a Vaudeville play on the building's façade. Thanks to its Italian structure, its sets and other mechanisms, the theater becomes an accomplice of a young woman trying to escape from the man who is trying to seduce her. Theater within the theater, the monument plays the main role in this amorous chase, where the traditional theme of Love is revisited with humor and lightness.
Artistic conception : Marie-Jeanne Gauthé
Gobelins the school of image
The students of the prestigious Gobelins school of image, seized all their inventiveness to represent 12 performing arts in 1min30: concert, modern dance, opera, mime, puppet theater... will all meet on the façade.
Note: the 12 scenographies will be shown every evening at 10 pm from April 30 to May 31, 2022. A jury will determine in May the winning pair that will see their creation projected throughout the rest of the season, alternating with Illusions by Marie-Jeanne Gauthé.
Artistic conception : GOBELINS, the school of image - training "Bachelor Graphic Motion Designer".
Theater of lights
Meet Marie-Jeanne Gauthé who designed the "Illusions" scenography, currently projected on the Chartres theater
A little history
Designed by the architect Piébourg and inaugurated in 1861, the Chartres theater is typical of the opulent buildings constructed during the Second Empire.
The theater has preserved its period machinery with its system of counterbalanced poles allowing the scenery to be arranged at will.
Visit Chartres en lumières
Dates and times 2022 - 2023
The 21 sites in the heart of Chartres are illuminated EVERY night, at dusk.
- April 30, 2022: from 9:45 pm to 1 am.
- From May 1st to July 31st: from 10pm to 1am.
- August 1 to 31: 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- From September 1st to 30th: from 8:30 pm to 1 am.
- From October 1, 2022 to January 14, 2023: from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
For a more original and relaxing visit, take the Petit Chart'Train.
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