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The Greek theater of Mendoza

Historical. Tons of concrete over the hills. The Greek theatre only exists to host the Harvest Festival. Here, your story.

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Teatro griego en Mendoza

On an architectural level, the theatre of ancient Greece fulfilled certain characteristics. He contemplated a stage, a space for the choirs  and the stand. The latter was also called “koilon”. It was made up of the set of stands where the spectators sat to watch the show. It had semicircular shape  and corridors in the middle for people's access. Usually, the stands were mounted on the skirt, fall or slope of a mountain. The semicircular shape was designed so that the whole audience was at the same distance from the stage, except for the difference in height.

A brief introduction to what is a Greek theater, we will begin to talk about the one that exists here, in Mendoza.  His name is Frank Romero Day, referring to the agronomist who was in charge of the public works portfolio in Mendoza and who allocated the funds to begin its construction. This was completed in 1963 , when the Greek theatre opened with the National Harvest Festival of that year. However, to conclude the theme of its name, we must mention that the original was amphitheater of   Cerro de la Gloria or grand open-air theater of Cerro de la Gloria.

Chosen by nature

 The place chosen for the construction of the Greek theater , according to the words of Don Daniel Ramos Correas, architect of the play, “it was already made by nature, it was the ideal place and only minor works were left by man”. It has capacity for 21,686 spectators. 

On the other hand,  it has 120 meters of scenic mouth and the backrest of two kilometers of hills . The wide platform that performs the stage function, looks like a large tray and is separated from the stands by a water source.  The surrounding hills are baptized by Don Abelardo Vázquez as Cabernet, Pinot, Semillón and Vinegar. 

 Multiple scenarios , belonging to the constructed mass, are enabled simultaneously with a total area of 900 m2 to which are added circumstantial scenarios according to needs.The central proscenium has 60 meters of mouth, allowing a   180° view  of the Harvest Festival .  

 Only used for Harvest 

A huge and historic social claim has always been  the fact that it is only used for the National Harvest Festival . It  has been shown on the nights of repetitions that Greek theatre can be used perfectly for musical performances, plays and so on.  Deniers of this idea argue that the stage is too big and imposing for only a band of  rock , for example.

 Misnamed amphitheater 

For a long time it was known as “amphitheater” Frank Romero Day. In fact, it is to this day that many Mendoza call it in such a way. However,  it is a misconception. It is that an amphitheater is, as the prefix “anfi”, a theater that has stands and stands around and in its entirety.That is, circular, complete .  This is the case with the  Roman Colosseum .

Publication Date: 19/09/2020

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