Renowned theatre director, Peter Brook, recently welcomed a delegation from the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority to the Odeon Theatre in Paris.
The Fujairah delegation included Mohammad Saeed Al Dhanhani, Vice Chairperson of Fujairah Culture and Media Authority and Chairperson of the Fujairah International Monodrama Festival and Mohammad Saif Al Afkham, Director of the 2012 Fujairah International Monodrama Festival and Secretary General of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). Tobias Biancone, Director General of the ITI was also present.
The visitors were in Paris to deliver in person an invitation to Peter Brook to attend the Fujairah International Monodrama Festival in January 2012 and be honoured as the first recipient of the Fujairah Award for Excellence in Theatre.
Peter Brook warmly accepted the invitation to the festival and the award ceremony and said that he was honoured to be the first recipient of the award.
Brook expressed his happiness with this award that “carries with it joy in light of all the defeats that the world is currently facing.”
Brook pointed out that Fujairah and its international festival are well known in France and other countries he has visited because of the participation of international theatre groups and famous theatre personalities who have visited the eastern emirate of the UAE. He mentioned that he had heard good news from theatre artists who have visited Fujairah who have witnessed the development of theatre in the emirate, appreciated the beauty of the natural landscape and enjoyed the kindness and openness of its people.
Peter Brook joked that he had never spent time in the middle of barren, bare and high mountain peaks and he dreams of spending a few nights in the mountains of Fujairah.
Theatre Between Mountain Peaks
He wished the Fujairah festival continued success and expressed the hope that it will stay as high as the mountain peaks from which it has started. “Theatre,” he said, “is an art that deserves to be at the top between mountain peaks.”
Mohammad Saeed Al Dhanhani (pictured below), the head of the delegation, declared that the visit to Paris was a success as the legendary director affectionately accepted the invitation extended to him by the festival’s leadership.
“Peter Brook accepted the invitation to attend the award ceremony at the specified time. He chose to accept Fujairah’s invitation from other invitations that he has received and be honoured as one of the most prominent and controversial theatre directors in the world.”
The leader of the delegation declared that preparations are in full swing to welcome Brook as a high profile guest of honour of the Government of Fujairah. He pointed out that Brook was hoping to present a theatre show or a workshop at the festival but time was an obstacle and he promised to do it soon.
Mohammad Saif Al Afkham (pictured below), Director of the Fujairah International Monodrama Festival, said that Brook amazed the delegation with his knowledge of Arab culture, Islam and his reading of the Holy Quran. Peter Brook is also interested in Arabic arts and he loves the voice of Um Kalthoum.
Al Afkham said that Simon, Brook’s son, will accompany his father to Fujairah and they will be joined by a group of his assistants. Al Afkham mentioned that Brook promised an artistic surprise to the monodrama festival’s guests but more will be revealed in the fullness of time!
During a meeting (pictured) held at the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority on 9 January 2012, the Public Relations Committee for the Fujairah International Monodrama Festival discussed the latest preparations for receiving guests and facilitating communication between guests, the festival’s management and the wider community.
Mohammad Saeed Al Dhanhani, Vice Chariman of Fujairah Culture and Media Authority and Chairman of the Festival and Mohammad Saif Al Afkham, Director of the Festival, were also in attendance.
Al Dhanhani summarized the reviews presented by guests of the previous festivals and asked the committee to do their best to provide the best services and facilities for the guests.
Khalid Rashid Al Dhanhani, head of the committee, briefed the meeting on the role of the PR Committee and the plans prepared to provide all means of communication support and secretarial services to the guests, media personalities and participating groups. The committee will also seek to provide transport and other services to aid the coordination and cooperation with the other committees of the festival. The PR Committee will continue to hold meetings to further discuss and decide on its tasks.
Peter Brook First Winner of Fujairah Theatrical Award, FIF, 3 January 2012.
Fifth International Monodrama Festival in Fujairah, UAE, 2012, FIF, 30 December 2011.
Planning in Full Swing for 5th International Monodrama Festival in Fujairah, FIF, 21 September 2012.
Fujairah International Monodrama Festival website.
Fujairah Culture and Media Authority
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