National Theater of Algeria: 60 years at the service of the 4th art

Algeria, which this year celebrates the 60th anniversary of the restoration of its independence, has in a few months acquired a high cultural space with clear goals and the theater man Mustafa Kateb (1920-1989) was well taken care of. will also create the Algerian National Ballet and the national ensemble of popular dances. The TNA, in its concept, is responsible for carrying out research to identify the characteristics of the real Algerian theater, to create a minimum number of works by Algerian authors and to enrich its repertoire by creating works by foreign authors belonging to the classical theater. and modern universal theater. Its mission is also to participate in all cultural events organized in Algeria and abroad and to ensure that its creativity is spread among the general public. Housed in Square Port-Said’s iconic building, built in 1853 and listed as a cultural asset in 2019, TNA will see the most famous artists perform on its boards, which saw the birth of a solid core in the 1940s. Artists who will support the freedom struggle through art and practice Algerian culture and artistic creativity in the FLN art troupe. Mahieddine Bachtarzi (1897-1986), a great artist and the architect of the successes of many figures of stage art, whose building bears his name today, introduced the Arab theater there, saw many talents in theater and music and accompanied them. In 1963, TNA opened its first season after nationalization with Les enfants de la Casbah, directed by Mustapha Kateb with a text by Abdelhalim Rais. About 200 other performances will enrich the repertoire of Mahieddine Bachtarzi of the National Theater of Algeria. At the head of this prestigious theater, monuments of Algerian culture such as Mohamed Bastandji, Mohamed Boudia (1932-1973), Ziani Cherif Ayad, M. Hamed Benguettaf (1939-2014) or Azzedine Medjubi (1945-1995) and Abdelakder Alloula (1939-1994), both killed in terrorist violence. For many years, this center of cultural influence has hosted major cultural events such as the International Symphonic Music Festival, the Modern Dance Festival, which has now been moved to the Algerian Opera House, or the National Professional Theater Festival, which is still held there.

Tense theatrical dynamics

In the 1970s and 1980s, many colonial-era theater buildings, such as Annaba, Constantine, Oran, Bejaia, Sidi Bel Abbes and other regional theaters, were restored and restored to serve the logic of facilitating citizens’ access to culture. Batna is born. The number of regional theaters will increase with the opening of establishments built since the 1970s in Mascara, Oum El Bouaghi, Tizi Ouzou, El Eulma, Sa├»da, Skikda and Souk Ahras. In response to the dynamic intensive theater activity, new Theaters have been built more recently in cities like Mostaganem, Djelfa or even this year in Laghouat and Biskra to exploit and crystallize a very active theater creation movement. The cultural sector has organized numerous national, international, local and even thematic festivals to support the rich creative movement. Events such as Southern Theater Days, Medea comic theater, experimental theater, the local Sidi Bel Abbes festival, or more recently the Adrar International Theater Nights and Theater Days streets, cooperatives and cultural associations. These meetings revolve around important theater events such as the professional theater festivals in Algeria, the amateur theater festival in Mostaganem and the International Theater Festival in Bejaia. The Algerian National Mahieddine-Bachtarzi Theater remains at the center of the 4th arts, organizing numerous events and training sessions, in constant collaboration with training institutions, and in addition to a regular register of productions.

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