Strasbourg is a city of 460,000 inhabitants. Besides a very large historical heritage, Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region, the headquarters of the European Parliament and of the Council of Europe. It welcomes, on this account, many national and international institutions. The town engaged a large urban development during the seventies and carry on right now to the east in direction of Kehl, his German neighbour. It’s partly the reasons why his artistic activities have a wide and demanding public.
LE MAILLON - Théâtre de Strasbourg
Le Maillon, the City of Strasbourg’s Theatre and European Venue, was founded in 1978 and is situated in the Wacken district, at the foot of the European Parliament. Le Maillon is a particular venue, set in a former industrial building made of three large halls: the first one is a vast area harbouring the bar and the box office, the second one is a 600 seat auditorium boasting the largest stage in Strasbourg, and the third is an exhibition hall in winter and an auditorium in summer.
With Europe at the heart of its vision, le Maillon schedules more than 30 multidisciplinary—theatre, music, circus, and dance—, mostly international and resolutely contemporary shows each season. If le Maillon welcomes shows from around the world, it has also put down strong roots locally as many performances take place with or in local partners’ theatres: Pôle Sud, Théâtre Jeune Public, Hautepierre as well as the Offenburg theatre, just on the other side of the Rhine. Le Maillon has 33 000 spectators each season, including the Premières festival—dedicated to the work of young European stage directors and co-organised with the TNS. In 2013, the Premières festival will be held in Karlsruhe.
Acknowledged in France and abroad, le Maillon is involved in several European professional networks and regularly works with the theatres of Basel, Dresden, Mülheim, Poitiers, Utrecht and Nowa Huta to produce and present to the public new forms of theatre that explore the relationship between the stage and the city.