Peter Brook and The International Centre for Theatre Research

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Recommended Reading Program: Art in Motion

Author: Peter Brook

Language availability: English


The International Centre for Theatre Research sometimes also known as The International Centre for Theatre Creation was founded in 1970 by Peter Brook and Micheline Rozan. It is often abbreviated to the acronym CIRT as in French the group is called the Centre International de Recherche Théâtrale. The center is a multicultural theatrical research and production company based out of the Bouffes du Nord theatre in Paris since 1974.

This multinational assembly of actors, dancers, musicians and other performers travelled widely in the Middle East and Africa in the early 1970s. This was as a three-year ‘pilgrimage’ to answer the question “What were the common stories, the recognizable shorthand’s, the instant abstractions, the shared outlines of story and character with which an international group could work? “On this three-year sojourn, they produced two major works Orghast I & II, performed in 1971 at the Shiraz Arts Festival in Iran in the Achaemenid ruins of Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam, and The Conference of Birds developed in West Africa and completed in 1974 at BAM in Brooklyn, New York.

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