"Teatro degli Arcimboldi Milano (TAM)" Theater Arcimboldi Tip by Nemorino
Theater Arcimboldi, Milan: 1 reviews and 4 photos
For three years, starting in January 2002, this stunning 21st century theater was Milan's main opera venue while the historic Teatro alla Scala was being restored and restructured.
In fact the Teatro degli Arcimboldi Milano (TAM) was built especially for this purpose. It seats 2,400 people (more than La Scala itself) and the stage opening is 16 by 12 meters, which is exactly the same as La Scala, so as to facilitate the transfer of productions from one theater to the other.
This new theater is located in a northern district of Milan called Bicocca, where the Pirelli tire factory used to be, three quarters of an hour from La Scala by bicycle.
When the time came, after three years, to return to La Scala in the city center, La Scala's Ballet Company rebelled and insisted on staying out here in Bicocca, for the simple reason that in the TAM every spectator can see the entire stage from every seat -- and ballet dancers do like to be seen when they are performing.
When I was in Milan I saw a marvelous ballet evening called Ballet Mediterranea in the TAM, based on the music and dance of several Mediterranean countries.
In addition to La Scala's own Ballet Company, visiting ballet troupes from around the world also perform here, so the Teatro degli Arcimboldi is developing into an exciting center for modern dance with a large and enthusiastic young audience. Some of the spectators no doubt come from the new Bicocca University, which begins just across the street.
Second photo: Spectators in the main lobby of the TAM.
Third photo: Dancers taking their bows at the end of Ballet Mediterranea.
Fourth photo: Dance poster at the TAM box office.
Please also have a look at my travelogue on the Teatro degli Arcimboldi Milano (TAM).
Address: Viale dell’Innovazione, 1 - 20126 Milano
Directions: Get on your bike and follow the signs from La Scala. Or take the tram number 7 to the stop called "Arcimboldi", which you can't miss because it's the only underground station on this entire line.
Phone: +(39) 02.64.11.42.212/214
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