December 5, 2022

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Peter Brook, famous theater director of Scale and Humanity, dies at 97

Peter Brook, famous theater director of Scale and Humanity, dies at 97

His job, he said, was to encourage, empower, clarify and refine, not dictate. He had stopped pre-planning, or “blocking” movement on stage as a young director in 1946, when he came to the first rehearsal for “Love’s Labor’s Lost” with plans which, after a few moments with the actors, he realized were absurdly inflexible to rip on immediately.

It was never known that he lost his temper during rehearsals, sometimes indulging in an amusing breakup. But his seriousness was not in doubt. For Mr. Brooke, theater was “a complete mirror of human existence, visible and invisible”, which should challenge both performers and audiences to re-evaluate the world and their lives.

Mr. Brooke’s long and extensive career It lasted until the 90s. In September 2019, the play “Why?” It was written by Mr. Brooke and his longtime assistant, Marie Helen Estian, in Brooklyn after his Paris debut, with a planned tour of China, Italy and Spain. A new book, Playing with the Ear: Reflections on Music and Sound, was published the following month.

With his piercing blue eyes and calm authority, Mr. Brook had an undeniable charisma, even though he did not like to be described as a teacher. He vehemently rejected his title, Buddha, because he felt he was far from achieving spiritual certainty, and in fact, he did not believe that any certainty was possible.

He was influenced by George Gurdjieff, a mystic who believed that nothing was to be taken for granted, that everything needed to be questioned, and that cooperation with others was vital. As Mr. Brooke told The Times, In 1998, “I am ready to compromise my opinion, even yesterday, even 10 minutes ago, because all opinions are relative.”

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Emma Popola Contribute to the preparation of reports.