In conversation with Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine, and Guillermo Caldéron
If you missed any of our Axis Mundi conversations, you can catch up on April 22nd, all throughout the day! Hosted by our Artistic Director, Tim Robbins, this series of public forums introduces us to creative minds from all around the world. Previous Axis Mundi evenings featured visionary artists such as Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine, and Guillermo Caldéron. With each conversation, we’re bringing together artists who shape culture, and asking vital questions about the future of theater and the arts and what it means to create in pandemic times.
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Brook, the first person to win the International Ibsen Award, has dedicated his life to demonstrating the importance of a living theater, a theater that has a unique and powerful potential to transform audiences and shift a cultural landscape.
Throughout his career, Brook has distinguished himself in different genres including theater, opera, cinema, and has written books that have inspired generations of actors and directors.
He began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing actors such as Paul Scofield, Glenda Jackson, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Ben Kingsley in ground-breaking productions of Love Labour’s Lost (1946), Measure for Measure (1950), Titus Andronicus (1955), King Lear (1962), Marat/Sade (1964), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1970) and Antony and Cleopatra (1978).
Shakespeare’s plays inspired Brook to pursue his search for universal theater – a theater of no particular country but of all countries, cultures, languages and traditions. From Shakespeare’s King Lear to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, his productions had a profound influence on the development of theater and continue to serve as a reference point for our interpretation of Shakespeare.
In 1971, Peter Brook founded the International Centre for Theatrical Research (CIRT) in Paris, which, with the opening of the Bouffes du Nord became the International Centre for Theatrical Creation (CICT). Between the Center and his rich contribution to theatrical history, few directors have done as much as Brook to broaden the boundaries of theater to create a culturally rich, diverse, inclusive and spiritually creative cauldron.
The event, produced in partnership with Fundación Teatro a Mill, will be translated into French and Spanish and will be streamed on April 22nd at 6 pm (PT) through Zoom.
Mnouchkine’s innovative and groundbreaking work has been profoundly influential to The Actors’ Gang. Her unique and visionary philosophy of theatrical expression was introduced to The Actors’ Gang in 1984 through a workshop led by George Bigot, after the Théâtre du Soleil took the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles by storm. The training received in that workshop had a profound affect on the future direction of The Actors’ Gang.
Ariane Mnouchkine,Philippe Léotardand fellow students of the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoqfounded the Theatre du Soleil in 1964 as a collective of theatre artists, occupying a former munitions plant called La Cartoucherie, where the company continues to develop work and perform today. Throughout the years, Ariane Mnouchkine has become one of the world’s most influential directors and is the first female winner of the prestigious International Ibsen Award. It is thanks to Mnouchkine’s unshakeable faith in the power and purpose of theater that the Théâtre du Soleil has been able to celebrate worldwide success for five decades. Aside from creating masterworks including Les Atrides, Les Ephemeres, Mephisto, Richard II and Henry IV Parts 1and 2, L’Histoire Terrible Mais Inachevee de Norodom Sihanouk, Roi du Cambodge, L’Indiade, Le Dernier Caravanserail, and the filmMoliere, Mnouchkine hasalso fought with great passion for artists who have been subjected to political persecution and for Europe’s forgotten people – the migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers on the fringes of European society. Mnouchkine successfully used demonstrations and interventions, and an international association founded in 1979 (AIDA – Association Internationale de Défense des Artistes victimes de la répression dans le monde), to effect the release of imprisoned artists. Ariane Mnouchkine has received numerous awards in recognition of her life’s work.
The event, produced in partnership with Fundación Teatro a Mill, will be translated into French and will be streamed on April 22nd at 3 pm (PT) through Zoom.
A co-founder of Teatro en el Blanco theater company, Calderón wrote and directed Neva and December and has been commissioned to write and direct by the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Theater Basel, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, the Royal Court Theater, Center Theater Group, and the Public Theater in New York City, where he also directed Neva. His plays have been presented in more than 25 countries.
His co-written screenplay Violeta Went to Heaven won the World Cinema Jury Prize for Drama at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He co-wrote The Club, directed by Pablo Larrain, winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015, and nominated for theGolden Globes in the Foreign Language category. The script also won the Silver plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. Guillermo also wrote the script for Neruda, directed by Pablo Larraín and presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (The Director’s Forthnight) during Cannes Film Festival 2016. He also wrote Araña (directed by Andres Wood), and Ema, directed by Pablo Larraín.
The event, produced in partnership with Fundación Teatro a Mill, will be streamed on April 22nd at 12 pm (PT) through Zoom (Spanish interpretation available).