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Issue 11 of the English daily of CIFET 2009 - Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre

Issue 11 of the English daily of CIFET 2009 - Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre

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As CIFET 2009 comes to its conclusion, the English sectionof 
The Experimental
wishes to thank a number of individuals,without whose help this publication would have beenimpossible.First, we must express our debt of gratitude to our diligenthead of the publications committee,
Ms. Amal Safwat
and herstaff at the Supreme Council for Antiquities Press.We are extremely indebted to
Mr. Mohamed Abou-Se’ada
,head of the Cultural Development Fund as well as of thefestival’s Press Committee. Over the years, the support wereceived from his staff 
The Experimental
to grow from apatchy collection of translation from the Arabic section to anautonmous, if still space-deprived, supplement that attempts to serve the festival’sEnglish-speaking guests and enthusiasts.Special thanks are due to CDF’s
Mr.
 
Mohamed El-Bannan
,
Mr. Tareq Samy, Mr. Walid Kama
l, and
Mr. Ibrahim El-Fiqqy
.Last but not least, comes a word of gratitude to the Staff of CDF’s computer and ITunit for providing technical support to the publication as well as for creating andmaintaining the online edition of The Experimental. Speical thanks are due to
Eng.Alaa Shaquir
and his staff members:
Engs.
 
Nevine Fekry
and
Ayman Salah.
Ms. Amal Safwat
Acknowledgement
Cover :
Orpheus (Bulgaria)
Photo:
Sayed Helmy
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Festival President
Prof. Fawzi Fahmy
Press Committee Chair
Mohamed Abou-Se’ada
Editor-in-Chief 
Abdel-Razeq Hussein
The English Supplement 
Editor
Hazem Azmy
Univ. of Warwick, UK 
Editorial Assistants
Shady BadranAmira Shawky
Contributors
Dr. Bahaa Abdel-Megid
 Ain Shams Univ., Egypt 
Dr. Iman Ezzeldin
 Ain Shams Univ., Egypt 
Dr. Nina Hein
 American Univ. Dubai, UAE 
Dr. Areeg Ibrahim
 Helwan Univ., Egypt 
Dr. Salwa Rashad
 Ain Shams Univ., Egypt 
Head of PublicationsCommittee
Amal Safwat
Printed inthe Supreme Council of Antinquities Press(Ministry of Culture, Egypt
)
Boshra Ismail in
 Echo
 Best Actress Award 
(Echo -
Iraq
 )
incomprehensible changes in their society.The idea that art thrives under challengingconditions is also expressed by Estonian long-timeexpatriate Helen Kress, who works as a teacher atan Egyptian private school, who was no lesstouched by the show’s expression of these Iraqirealities.,Although unable to understand Arabic, Kresswas particularly moved by the passionate scenetowards the end of the performance, when themother calls her son a thief and screams for help.
The Experimental
engages in a foyer talk withaudience members after the Iraqi performance
Echo.
Reprinted from Issue 5 (Oct. 14, 2009)
In the Iraqi entry
 Echo
, which received astanding ovation at the Opera House’s Small HallTheatre, we see an Iraqi mother whose son hasabandoned for many years, only to come back to tellher about how he murdered his eight brothers beforehe left.Few could fail to miss the references tocontemporary, war-devastated Iraq.Polish director and CIFET participantKryszsztof Prusa describes the Iraqi entry as“fantastic”. Although he does understand Arabic, heis deeply by the performance, particularly by theexcellent acting which, he adds, shows the work of amaster director. Prusa is particularly impressed withthe Iraqi director’s use of light and shades inaddition to his employment of music.Iraqi actor Falah Ibrahim, who takes part in theother Iraqi show
Shades
, calls the play anotherimportant reflection of the realities of Post-occupation Iraq. The changing realities haveimposed themselves strongly on the consciousnessof the contemporary Iraqi artist.Ibrahim’s colleague Mohamed El Rabeay agreeswith him, but thinks that, whatever their tragicconsequences, these surrounding realities have posedart with a number of creative challenges. He believesthat these challenges are presicley what leads Iraqiartist to be keen on taking part in CIFET: to use it asan innovative platform to explore the seemingly
 
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Competition Awards
The CIFET 2009 Jury’s Awards
Nominee (s)Winner Award
Best Performance
 Macbeth
Jaranda Project(South Korea)
 Echo
National ActingGroup( Iraq )
Best DirectorOsama HalalKoon Theater Group(
 Don Quixote,
Syria)
Duda PaivaBialostocki TeatrLalek(
Facade,
Poland)
Best ActressBoshra Ismail
National Acting Group(
Echo,
Iraq)
Best ActorMohamed Fahim
Artistic CreativityCentre - CulturalDevelopment Fund(
 I am Hamlet!,
Egypt)
Dr. Maamoun ElKhaldi
The Workshop of The On-goingRehearsal(
Shadows,
Iraq)
Best Scenography
Facade
Bialostocki Teatr lalek(Poland)
The House of  Bernarda Alba
Compania de Teatrodel Espacio CulturalMetropolitano(Mexico)Juliette FB. BangouvaArenk Theatre deGuine
(Targuiya,Guine-Conakry)
The play centers on the events of an Andalusian house during aperiod of mourning, in which the title character Bernarda - An elderlywidow who exerts excessive will over her five daughters. She ispreoccupied with ideas of honor and tradition, in particular relating tothe role of women in society.The deliberate exclusion of any malecharacter from the action helps to build up the high level of sexualtension that is present throughout the play. The play explores themesof repression, passion, and inspects the effects of men upon women.Bernarda's cruel tyranny over her daughters foreshadows the stiflingnature of Franco's fascist regime, which was to arrive just a fewweeks after Lorca finished writing his play.
It follows the storyline of the original text by Shakespeareexcept for some changes of some characters. However, interms of expression, the performance is liberated from theconfinement of the space as the performers use their bodies asmusical instruments. In addition, desks and chairs aretransformed into a variety of human emotions.
The House of Bernada Alba
(Mexico)
For us as well as for him(Don Quixote), the idea thistime was to dominate the stageas we found what we wantedfrom each other. He decided tostay with us in our imagination.He became everything Weasked him because we had noanswers"I was always in theshadow, far away from words,images, platforms and anyofficial ceremonies. He was asremote as the distance betweenthe dream and its fulfillment.
 Best Performance Macbeth
(South Korea)
 Best Ensemble Work 
Osama Halal
 Best Director 
Don Quixote
(Syria)
Best EnsembleWork
The House of BernardaAlba
Comania de Teatro delEspacio CuturalMetropolitano(Mexico)Ascent and Ruin of the City of Mahagonny(Italy)

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