The Spiegeltent

Mirror palaces were constructed mainly in the Netherlands and Belgium around the end of the 19th century. They were used as mobile dance pavilions, and set up in a different city every week. Taking advantage of the mirrors on the inside, visitors could keep eye contact in every direction. This made these elegant tents highly popular, and established them as a symbol of the era’s extravagant nightlife. 

 

 

After the Second World War, the mirror palaces were forgotten. Young people no longer danced to the tune of the dance organ, the first discotheques opened their doors. At the fairs, dance tents were replaced with more modern carnival rides. The continuing renaissance of the mirror palaces started in the seventies, mainly at music and theatre festivals. Their elegance is timeless, and countless lights sparkle in the hand-cut lead glass mirrors. They exude a whiff of nostalgia, and offer an excellent atmosphere for cultural events and festive occasions. Decorated in brocade and silk, the sumptuous Art Nouveau interior invites the visor to a long-lost world.

Without disturbing the historic atmosphere of the mirror palace, the show inside is presented using state-of-the-art technology. At the centre of the tent is the stage, which can be raised hydraulically to offer perfect viewing from all sides. Seating is arranged in three areas: the manage (ring) with round tables around the centre of the tent, the tiers in a circle around the manage (circle), and the comfortable loges (box) along the outer aisle. The invitingly decorated foyer houses the cloakroom and the bar. Here you can relax with an aperitif before the show or with a digestive after dinner. Unfortunately, there are far too few of these precious mirror palaces, and only a handful of companies in the world are still able to construct such gems according to the original blueprints. All parts are turned or carved by hand from exotic woods. The round tent is set up without the help of any machines; no nails, screws or similar implements are used.

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