Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro
Cross the Eixo Rodoviário, and on the north side of the rodoviária you’ll come face to face with another Niemeyer pyramid, housing Brasília’s prestigious Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro (Eixo Monumental/W3 Norte, tel. 61/3325-2216, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri.). Dazzling from the outside, its glass-covered surface permits natural light to suffuse the lobby, where art exhibitions are displayed.
The lateral facades embossed with a sea of white cubes and rectangles are the work of Athos Bulcão, while the surrounding gardens featuring native plants are by Roberto Burle Marx. In the foyer, the lyrical bronze statue O Contorcionista (The Contortionist) is by noted sculptor Alfredo Ceschiatti.
Three separate auditoriums host theatrical productions as well as concerts, dance, and ballet performances. During the week, guided tours are available.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition