Sie sind auf Seite 1von 5

...........................

...........................
...........................
Best Actress Award
...........................
...........................
...........................
...........................
(Echo - Iraq)
...........................
...........................
Festival President The Experimental engages in a foyer talk with
audience members after the Iraqi performance
Prof. Fawzi Fahmy Echo. Reprinted from Issue 5 (Oct. 14, 2009)
In the Iraqi entry Echo, which received a
Press Committee Chair standing ovation at the Opera House’s Small Hall
Theatre, we see an Iraqi mother whose son has
Mohamed Abou-Se’ada abandoned for many years, only to come back to tell
her about how he murdered his eight brothers before
Editor-in-Chief he left.
Few could fail to miss the references to
Abdel-Razeq Hussein contemporary, war-devastated Iraq.
Polish director and CIFET participant
Kryszsztof Prusa describes the Iraqi entry as
“fantastic”. Although he does understand Arabic, he
is deeply by the performance, particularly by the
excellent acting which, he adds, shows the work of a
The English Supplement master director. Prusa is particularly impressed with
the Iraqi director’s use of light and shades in
Editor addition to his employment of music. Boshra Ismail in Echo
Iraqi actor Falah Ibrahim, who takes part in the
Hazem Azmy other Iraqi show Shades, calls the play another
important reflection of the realities of incomprehensible changes in their society.
Univ. of Warwick, UK Post-occupation Iraq. The changing realities have The idea that art thrives under challenging
imposed themselves strongly on the consciousness conditions is also expressed by Estonian long-time
of the contemporary Iraqi artist. expatriate Helen Kress, who works as a teacher at
Ibrahim’s colleague Mohamed El Rabeay agrees an Egyptian private school, who was no less
with him, but thinks that, whatever their tragic touched by the show’s expression of these Iraqi
Editorial Assistants consequences, these surrounding realities have posed realities.
Shady Badran art with a number of creative challenges. He believes ,Although unable to understand Arabic, Kress
that these challenges are presicley what leads Iraqi was particularly moved by the passionate scene
Amira Shawky artist to be keen on taking part in CIFET: to use it as towards the end of the performance, when the
an innovative platform to explore the seemingly mother calls her son a thief and screams for help.

Contributors
Dr. Bahaa Abdel-Megid Acknowledgement
Ain Shams Univ., Egypt
As CIFET 2009 comes to its conclusion, the English section
Dr. Iman Ezzeldin of The Experimental wishes to thank a number of individuals,
Ain Shams Univ., Egypt without whose help this publication would have been
impossible.
Dr. Nina Hein First, we must express our debt of gratitude to our diligent
American Univ. Dubai, UAE head of the publications committee, Ms. Amal Safwat and her
staff at the Supreme Council for Antiquities Press.
Dr. Areeg Ibrahim We are extremely indebted to Mr. Mohamed Abou-Se’ada,
Helwan Univ., Egypt head of the Cultural Development Fund as well as of the
Dr. Salwa Rashad festival’s Press Committee. Over the years, the support we
received from his staff The Experimental to grow from a Ms. Amal Safwat
Ain Shams Univ., Egypt
patchy collection of translation from the Arabic section to an
autonmous, if still space-deprived, supplement that attempts to serve the festival’s
English-speaking guests and enthusiasts.
Special thanks are due to CDF’s Mr. Mohamed El-Bannan, Mr. Tareq Samy,
Mr. Walid Kamal, and Mr. Ibrahim El-Fiqqy .
Head of Publications Last but not least, comes a word of gratitude to the Staff of CDF’s computer and IT
Committee unit for providing technical support to the publication as well as for creating and
Amal Safwat maintaining the online edition of The Experimental. Speical thanks are due to Eng.

2
Alaa Shaquir and his staff members: Engs. Nevine Fekry and Ayman Salah.
Printed in
the Supreme Council of
Antinquities Press
(Ministry of Culture, Egypt) Cover : Orpheus (Bulgaria)
Photo: Sayed Helmy
.........................................................
.........................................................
.........................................................
.........................................................
.........................................................
Competition Awards
.........................................................
.........................................................
.........................................................
.........................................................
The CIFET 2009 Jury’s Awards

Award Winner Nominee (s) Best Performance Macbeth


(South Korea)
Best Performance Macbeth Echo
Jaranda Project National Acting
Group
(South Korea)
( Iraq )
Best Ensemble The House of BernardaAlba Ascent and Ruin of
Work Comania de Teatro del the City of
Espacio Cutural Mahagonny
Metropolitano (Italy)
(Mexico)
Best Director Osama Halal Duda Paiva
Koon Theater Group Bialostocki Teatr
(Don Quixote, Syria) Lalek
It follows the storyline of the original text by Shakespeare
(Facade, Poland) except for some changes of some characters. However, in
terms of expression, the performance is liberated from the
Juliette FB. Bangouva confinement of the space as the performers use their bodies as
Best Actress Boshra Ismail Arenk Theatre de musical instruments. In addition, desks and chairs are
Guine transformed into a variety of human emotions.
National Acting Group
( Echo, Iraq) (Targuiya,
Guine-Conakry) Best Director
Osama Halal
Best Actor Mohamed Fahim Dr. Maamoun El
Artistic Creativity Khaldi
Centre - Cultural The Workshop of
Development Fund The On-going
Rehearsal
(I am Hamlet!, Egypt)
(Shadows, Iraq)

Best Scenography Facade The House of


Bialostocki Teatr lalek Bernarda Alba
(Poland) Compania de Teatro
del Espacio Cultural
Metropolitano
(Mexico)

Don Quixote (Syria)


Best Ensemble Work For us as well as for him
The House of Bernada Alba (Don Quixote), the idea this
time was to dominate the stage
(Mexico) as we found what we wanted
from each other. He decided to
The play centers on the events of an Andalusian house during a
period of mourning, in which the title character Bernarda - An elderly stay with us in our imagination.
widow who exerts excessive will over her five daughters. She is He became everything We
preoccupied with ideas of honor and tradition, in particular relating to asked him because we had no
the role of women in society.The deliberate exclusion of any male answers

3
character from the action helps to build up the high level of sexual "I was always in the
tension that is present throughout the play. The play explores themes shadow, far away from words,
of repression, passion, and inspects the effects of men upon women. images, platforms and any
Bernarda's cruel tyranny over her daughters foreshadows the stifling official ceremonies. He was as
nature of Franco's fascist regime, which was to arrive just a few remote as the distance between
weeks after Lorca finished writing his play.
the dream and its fulfillment.
The Experimental’s English editor Hazem Azmy talks with CIFET
pre-selection committee member Brian Singleton and finds the Irish
scholar full of good stories to tell about rising trends in CIFET
.............................................
.............................................
The Return of the Story
.............................................
.............................................
.............................................
.............................................
.............................................
rian Singleton is no stranger to CIFET. In “This year, the form is no longer dominating”
B 2003, the Head of Drama in Trinity he announces, “all performances have a good
College, Dublin served as the President of story to tell.”
CIFET’s International Jury. Six year later, he was For Singleton, at least, this should be par for
back to the festival as a member of the the course. “If you do not have a story to tell, no
international Pre-Selection committee entrusted one will watch you or remember you. Why else
with sifting through the performances to select do theatre if not have a to tell a story?
those qualified to enter the competition. “Postmodernism does not give a license to do
As a member of the Jury in 2003, Singleton without a story, only that the story in postmodern
only saw the performances selected for the performance is told in a different way, says
competition. This year he could see whatever was Singleton, who admits that his taste in theatre has
submitted by the participating been maturing towards that
companies, warts and all. direction since 2003.
For all the seeming I remind Singleton that
exhaustion showing on his face CIFET is often accused of
while we sat at the hotel lobby, encouraging performances that
he does not seem to mind the are too abstract or formalistic
load of the work. “I was hugely in orientation. He attributes
impressed with the quality of this in part to the word
performances, particularly ones “Experimental” in the
from the (Arab) region,” festival’s name, which attracts
Singleton says. to the festival a certain type of
Although there were fewer Western avant-garde troupes
entries from Europe (a fact that that are supra-cultural in
he blames in part on the credit orientation (read: not always
crunch), many of the with a national base).
performances screened, The word experimental is
particularly Arab ones,
surprised Singleton with their sometimes seen as being so
courage in broaching avant-garde that it appeals
contemporary reality, often in a only to a very small
manner that challenged many demographic. “For me theatre
Brian Singleton has to have an audience,
taboos of their respective
contexts. otherwise it does not exist”
“It was not just a formalist experimentation, The challenge in inernational festivals like
but one that concerned the very subject matter,” CIFET’s is to attract audiences with different
he added. backgrounds. Singleton cites as a case in point the
“I was here for the festival shortly after the performance Karma by the South Korean troupe
invasion of Iraq” he recalled, “I remember seeing Yohangza, one which he voted to give the best
performances from the region that dealt with this performance award in CIFET 2003 (see box p. 5)
issue passionately and in the heat of the moment.” “It was experimenting with traditional culture,
This year, by contrast, the emotional aspect is still telling a very simple Korean story that anyone
very much alive but the performances tend to be from any culture could understand, yet it was still
far more “reflective” experimental in form.”
“Much more sophisticated - theatrically, “I followed that company eversince. In 2003,
dramaturgically, and intellectually,” the Irish relatively unknown at the time. They used their
scholar explains enthusiastically.
As the President of the International award in CIFET to promote their work
Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT) internationally. In 2009, they are now regarded as
Singleton is in a good position to tell. Further one the most celebrated international companies,
promoting a policy initiated by his predecessor, even having their work presented in London at the
Janelle Reinelt, Singleton oversaw the Barbican theatre in London,” says Singleton who
development of the IFTRís Arabic Theatre calls the Korean troupe a CIFET success story to
Working Group which seeks to focus on the study which he himself helped to realise by voting for
of the performance traditions and cultures in the the performance.

4
Arab World, especially in their expression of their “I think it is a high quality festival. I would be
fast-changing contemporary realities. proud if I were curating that festival in any city of
The work of the pre-selection committee the world,” Singleton says about CIFET 2009
focused on “quality,” having agreed on a broad
defintion of what counts as experimental H.M.Azmy@ warwick.ac.uk
Best Actor
Award
Mohamed
Fahim
(I am Hamlet -
Egypt)

The Experimental is
As the tents of CIFET 2009 come down, Shady Badran asks average Egyptians whether available online daily
they would welcome a new CIFET next year. at 6 p.m. (in PDF
format) at the
Should the Show go on? Cultural
Development Fund’s
Hind Abdel Rahman, a Mass Communication she also enjoyed the excellent play of light and
shadows employed in the Polish Opening Web Site:
student , believes that the festival has achieved
great success. While admitting that she is not a performance Don Quixote. www.cdf-eg.org/
theatre specialist, she says that she enjoys all the Some come to CIFET by sheer accident. Jean English/exp_theater/
five CIFET performances she attended. For Francois Brabant is a French tourist who came to news.htm
Abdel-Rahman, popular appeal is essential to the Cairo for a one-week visit. When he learned about
success of any festival. She was greatly the festival, he decided to attend some of its plays,
impressed to see the performances playing to full only to be surprised at the sight of large crowds
houses, especially for the Brazilian entry I filling the theatres, all the more so since the plays
Choose. on offer were billed as ìexperimentalî .
Diaa Yusuf, a young Egyptian entrepreneur, He emphasizes the importance of maintaining
agrees with her. Like her, he enjoyed the few and promoting this and other similar cultural
shows he attended although he cannot assess the events, providing that they manage to retain their
festival as a whole. Yusuf himself is a new CIFET high quality, since they would represent the best
convert: ìI did not know anything about the expression of artistic and cultural life in todayís
experimental theater, but I attended an Egyptian Egypt
performance because a friend of mine invited meî.
He went to watch another performance, the
Mexican The House of Bernard Alba, because he
A CIFET Success Story
really liked the first one. Much to his chagrin, he
could not afford the time to see more shows but
says he will be waiting eagerly for the festival
next year.
Tamer Barakat, a student at the Institute of
theatrical arts who followed the festivals in the Contact
last few years, believes that the plays presented
this year are of a lesser quality than previous The Experimental
editions. Although the plays dealt with many experimentalcifet@
important issues, Barakat believes that many of gmail.com
CIFET 2009ís offerings lacked good directing. The South Korean Yohangza Theatre Copany,
Ilania Barnaba, an Italian painter living in winner of CIFET 2003 Best Performance Award
Egypt disagrees with this view. She believes that for their Karma. Building on the award, the
plays on offer this year showcased much technical troupe went on to become an internationally-

5
and directorial prowess. She cites as an example respected company. The picture here is from
the outstanding level of physical expression in the their acclaimed production of A Midsummer
Lebanese wamoí tasemah! and the Bulgarian Night’s Dream which was presented in 2006 at
Orpheus. the Barbican Theatre in London.