CAIRO – 4 July 2022: The Higher Committee of the Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater, headed by Gamal Yaqout, decided that the festival’s 29th edition will bear the name of the late international director Peter Brook.
This decision was based on Brook’s extended theatrical history, experiences and studies that influenced the theatrical and research movement around the world. He is one of the pioneers of theatrical experimentation worldwide.
International director Peter Brook held the British nationality, and was from Russian origins. Brook is one of the most prominent stage directors of the 20th century. He passed away at the age of 97. He had spent a large part of his artistic career in France, where he established a theater. He also renewed the art of theater directing, freeing it from traditional decorations.
Moreover, Brook is one of the most important contemporary directors who attempted to renew Western theater by blending it with Eastern, American and African cultural forms. Brook considered theater as a comprehensive form of art that relies on all art types, knowledge and special techniques of sound, lighting, music, drawing, composition, dance, poetry, visual images, colors, costumes and makeup. This type of theater is described as a “comprehensive theater.”
For Brook, this type of theater focuses on human nature. It expresses the realities of the inner self, as well as the common culture among people through theater's unified global language.
It is worth noting that the 29th Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater will be held from September 1 - 8, under the auspices of Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem.