Tuesday, February 27

Peter Brook, legend of theater direction, dies at 97

Theater director Peter Brook, a legend of the 20th and 21st century stages, died this Saturday at the age of 97. as the newspaper Le Monde has advanced this Sunday.

Born in London in 1925, the son of Jewish emigrants from Latvia, Brook settled in Paris in 1974 where he lived most of his life and where he recovered an old theater to turn it into one of the most cutting-edge stages in the French capital, the Theater Bouffes du Nord. There he was able to put into practice the synthesis of his stage research, in works such as an enchanted flutebased on Mozart’s creation.

Brook was known as “L’enfant terrible” of theater, capable of allying the latest innovations and the institutional with commercial theater. He learned from the best, especially as he passed through New York, where he took to the stage The cat on the tin roofby Tennessee Williams, but also creations by Arthur Miller or Jean Genet.

It was above all his creation and direction of Titus Andronicus in the Royal Shakespeare Company, which marked a before and after in his career and in the performing arts itself, where he imposed a new vision of the work of the most recognized English author.

In 1970, Brook changed his conception of theater by abandoning the traditional stages of London and creating the International Center for Theater Research with actors from half the world, with whom he acted in America, the Middle East, Africa and, above all, acting in peripheral places and slums in search of a new connection between the public and the performance.

Those reflections are at the origin of the Bouffes du Nord, a room that he discovered by chance when it was in ruins and in which, maintaining that decadent spirit, he launched a theater that delved into “a more concentrated human experience”, which which in his opinion was the theatre.

“Brook marked generations of artists. I discovered him when I was 16 years old and I arrived in Paris and discovered in him another way of doing theater. His theory of empty space accompanies me every day, as well as the place of the actor, his way of directing it,” director Daniel San Pedro, who recently directed “Andando Lorca 1936” at the Bouffes du Nord, told EFE.

For San Pedro, bilingual due to its Spanish roots, Brook brought a modernity and an openness to the theater by mixing languages ​​and artists from different countries without this being a problem.

“His adaptation of ‘La Tempestad’ was an impact, as was his ‘Carmen’ with opera singers. La Bouffes du Nord, where I have been able to direct on several occasions, is a place with a magical soul, as he was, where all artists dream of performing”, he added.