peter brookone of the directors of theater The world’s most innovators, who perfected the art of staging powerful dramas in unusual places, has died at the age of 97, his representative said on Sunday.
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The British director staged productions ranging from challenging versions of shakespeare to international opera and Hindu epic poems. Brook staged works in gymnasiums, abandoned factories, quarries, schools, and former gas production factories in cities around the world.
His 1970 production in Stratford from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” performed all in white and complete with a huge garlanded swing, secured her a place in the annals of theater history.
According to Le Monde, Brook, based in France since 1974, died on Saturday in Paris. A statement from his representative confirmed his death on Sunday.
Although Brook was regarded with admiration in theatrical circles, he was less well known among the general public due to his refusal to bow to commercial taste.
He often rejected traditional theater buildings in favor of empty space, “because of the possibility of transforming it through light, words, improvisation, and the sheer power of performance and suggestion.”
“I can take any empty space and turn it into a stage,” he wrote in his groundbreaking 1968 book “The Empty Space.”
His search for inspiration took him as far afield as Africa and Iran, and he produced a variety of original and improvised plays marked by his eye for detail and challenging approach.
Born in London on March 21, 1925, his father was a company director and his mother a scientist. He dropped out of school at 16 to work in a film studio, then went on to Oxford University and took a BA in English and Foreign Languages.
In 1970 he moved from the United Kingdom to work in Paris, where he founded the International Center for Theater Analysis, which brought together actors and designers of various nationalities.
Brook kept working until he was 90 years old.
“Every form of theater has something in common with a visit to the doctor. Going out, one should always feel better than going in,” she wrote in her 2017 book “Tip of the Tongue.”
With information from Reuters