VIDEO: Research centre for theatre studies proposed
Tue, 11 Sep 2018
By Ghazi Alshehabi
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ESTABLISHING a research centre dedicated to the study of theatre was part of recommendations made at an annual theatre festival held in Bahrain.
The 12th Al Sawari International Youth Theatre Festival ended last night at the Cultural Hall, with seven awards distributed.
The festival featured 10 plays, including two Bahraini productions, along with the Al Sawari International Conference for Youth, which was held for the first time under the theme “Theatre and Post Humanity”.
It featured a group of researchers, playwrights and critics, who underscored the need to create a research unit that will be the nucleus of the establishment of an international research centre operating under Al Sawari.
“Although the term post humanity seems like an ambiguous, provocative and almost deceptive term, it somehow refers to the reality of our Arab culture today, where the humanistic theatre has lost its effect due to globalisation, digitalisation, oppression and alienation,” said Egyptian novelist, playwright, actress and director Nora Amin.
“The creation of an international research centre under Al Sawari International Theatre for Youth, the Al Sawari International Theatre Research Centre, will be a platform for open discussion, exchange and empowerment of the Arab theatre scene.
“It will employ the style of creative dialogue, regular encounters, scholarly and critical research and network development.
“It will also be concerned with questions rather than answers and connect the schools of Arab theatre with the rest of the world.”
Ms Amin said the centre would also work as a bridge to connect with other theatre research centres in the world and as a forum for future collaborations.
A workshop by American trainer Roberta Levetow, which was sponsored by the US Embassy, was also held on the sidelines of the festival.
The 10 plays which were showcased at the festival were Hadra Hura (Free Presence), a Syrian-German production; Ta’a Sakena (Standstill T), an Egyptian production; Sarkhat Alam (Painful Scream) from Algeria; Flying Over the City from Armenia; the Russian production Time for Roaming; the Georgian production Yellow Days; two Bahraini productions Al Muftah (The Key) and In The Good and Bad; Laysa Ba’ad (Not Yet) from Tunisia; and Sa’amoot Fy Al Manfa (I Will Die In Exile) from Palestine.
THE winners of the 12th Al Sawari International Youth Theatre Festival are:
- The Ebrahim Bahar Award for Best Script – Bahraini writer Jamal Al Saqer for In The Good and Bad.
- Best Lead Actor Award – Tunisian actor Humoda Bin Hussain for his role in Not Yet.
- Best Actress Award – Armenian actress Nazreen Greorian for her role in Flying Over the City.
- Best Use of Music Award – Russian production Time for Roaming.
- Best Scenography Award – Georgian Tamara Okhikyan for Yellow Days.
- Best Director Award – Georgian David Mgebrishvili for Yellow Days.
- Best Performance Award – Russian play Time for Roaming.