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Nizhny Novgorod Theater

Nizhny Novgorod Theater

Theater, Russia, 2008

Russia | 2008

Nizhny Novgorod, one of the largest cities in Russia, is an important economic, transportation and cultural center in the vast Volga-Vyatka economic region. It is located 250 miles (400 km) east of Moscow and has a population of approximately 1.3 Million people. The Upper City is located on the hilly eastern bank of the Oka River and it includes three of the eight city districts into which the city is administratively divided. The Lower City occupies the western side of the Oka and it includes five districts. One dominating feature of the city skyline is the Grand Kremlin with its red brick towers. Inspired by the motion and the movements of dance, the design grows from an idea into a composition. Located in the center of the building, the theatre connects the public and the performers. The design embraces the dynamics of the visitor and the performer, giving each group separate spaces which converge in the theater.