The Théâtre National de Chaillot is one of France’s five national theaters (public institutions whose missions are defined by the State), and the first to conduct a project built upon and around dance. At its head since 2011 is choreographer and dancer Didier Deschamps under the twin tutelage of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Budget.
The Théâtre National de Chaillot is one of the most prestigious places in Paris, not only for its important contribution to the history of the performing arts, and in particular the great adventure of the “People’s National Theater” – created by Firmin Gémier and later championed by an iconic figure, Jean Vilar – but also to the history of France as it is here that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948.
Located in a unique venue of the capital, the theater can accommodate every night more than 1,600 spectators in its three auditoriums, one of which is currently being renovated. Its lobby overlooks the fountains of the Trocadéro out to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars, offering night and day one of the world’s most famous views. The theater also houses a large collection of sculptures, paintings, frescoes and pastels by the greatest artists of the time, including Paul Belmondo, Louis Billotey, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Brianchon, Maurice Denis, Othon Friez and Édouard Vuillard.
Salle Jean Vilar, adjustable proscenium stage auditorium, up to 1,200 numbered and uncategorized seats
Salle Firmin Gémier, auditorium under renovation. Scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2017.
Salle Maurice Béjart, 80 unnumbered seats (formerly Studio)