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Dolbeau-Mistassini Theatre
Theatrical setup of contemporary architecture
Nathalie Roy, Les points saisis + Paul Laurendeau, January 19, 2009
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Paul Laurendeau_Jodoin Lamarre Pratte_architectes en consortium_Marc Gibert_adecom.ca
 
Ingmar Bergman taught his students to value the requirements of dramatic art rather than its ecstatic effect. The first priority according to the architect: find bearings amongst the most beautiful theatres throughout architectural history, to support those ideas. The second priority: conceive a hall and stage according to professional practice. “The intimacy of the house creates superior acoustics for each spectator. All are part of the acoustical volume and of the general atmosphere,” asserts Laurendeau. The building furthermore offers the latest technological advances, satisfying the requirements of major productions.

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Paul Laurendeau_Jodoin Lamarre Pratte_architectes en consortium_Marc Gibert_adecom.ca
 
”First of all, the design of a successful theatre relies on team work among professionals,” insists Guy Desmarteaux of Go multimedia, stage set and multimedia systems consultant for the project. “You know, in theatre, between the back and front of the house, there is an inevitable separation. It is in the architect’s power to make that disappear... What I find most interesting in this space it its friendliness,” he adds. “No matter where you stand, you feel this proximity”.

Paul Laurendeau_Jodoin Lamarre Pratte_architectes en consortium_Marc Gibert_adecom.ca
Paul Laurendeau_Jodoin Lamarre Pratte_architectes en consortium_Marc Gibert_adecom.ca
 
Having studied theatre architecture for three years, visiting many of them in Europe and America, and having scourged through research (acquiring some rare first editions in which he has verified his assumptions), Paul Laurendeau intends to share the findings of his research in a book project, a sort of vade mecum on the architecture of this theatre, as a future source of technical and conceptual reference for other architects.

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