Initially conceived with simplex lines, the theatre then developed in response to Niemeyer?s imagination, becoming an expression of joy and vitality and confirming the architect?s talent for using cement as an expressive material.
The huge stands can be opened up to the plaza to contain thousands of people, in a homage to Brazil?s people and their tradition of music and entertainment.The daring composition, enormous spaces, undulating lines and light colours of this work make it a sort of sculpture, confirming what has been said of Niemeyer: he is a monumental sculptor rather than an architect!
The project cost about 5 million euro, financed in part by the city of Niteroi and in part by the Tourism Ministry. And the city of Niteroi has signed a new agreement with the federal government for completion of the Niemeyer Foundation building, to stand right next to the Teatro Popular.
Laura Della Badia