Théâtre national de Chaillot

Théâtre National de Chaillot
Théâtre National Populaire

Théâtre National de Chaillot
Address 1, place du Trocadero, 16th
Coordinates 48°51′44″N 2°16′55″E / 48.8623053°N 2.2819822°E / 48.8623053; 2.2819822
Type contemporary dance
classical Music
Capacity Salle Jean-Vilar: 1250
Salle Gémier: 420
Opened 1937
Architect Édouard Niermans
Jean Niermans

The Théâtre National de Chaillot (English: Chaillot National Theater) is a theatre located in the Palais de Chaillot at 1, place du Trocadero, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Close by the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadéro Gardens—the Théâtre de Chaillot is among the largest concert halls in Paris.[1] It has long been synonymous with popular theatre and is especially associated with stars such as Jean Vilar and Antoine Vitez. In 1975 the French Ministry of Culture designated it as one of the four national theatres of Paris.[2]


The Théâtre national de Chaillot was built between 1934 and 1937 by the brothers Jean and Édouard Niermans for the Paris Exhibition of 1937 on the site of the former Trocadero Palace, itself an elaborate structure built for the Paris World's Fair of 1878. Starting in 1973 the interior of the theatre was completely renovated by the team of Valentine Fabre and John Perrottet and now houses a theatre school and three theatre venues: the Salle-Jean Vilar with 1250 seats, the Salle Gémier with 420 seats, and an 80-seat studio dedicated to small productions and avant-garde shows.

In 2007, France's Ministry for Culture under Christine Albanel directed the Théâtre national de Chaillot to promote contemporary dance—especially the work of French choreographers.[3] This announcement was greeted by controversy and outright hostility in some quarters.[4] Nevertheless, according to the Paris convention and visitors bureau, the Chaillot is dedicated to a presenting world class international dance, theatre, circus and visual arts—to being "a theatre that welcomes art in all its diversity".[5] It regularly hosts international dance companies such as The Forsythe Company, the Royal Swedish Ballet,[6] and the Irish troop Colin Dunne.[7]

The Chaillot is a frequent venue of au courant fashion shows featuring top designers such as Giorgio Armani,[8] Elie Saab,[9] and Claude Montana.[10]


The Grand Foyer of the Théâtre National de Chaillot

Directors of the old theatre (demolished in 1935);

Directors of the new theatre (rebuilt in 1937);


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