Cairo Int’l Festival for Experimental Theatre reveals plays participating in upcoming edition

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Oct 2021

The management of the 28th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (CIFET) revealed a list of plays to be performed within its upcoming edition scheduled to take place between 14 and 19 December.

Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre

The official competition will showcase 16 performances, two from Egypt and 14 international plays. They include  Antigone (Greece), Mami Wata (UK), An Ordinary Day in the Life of the Dancer Gregor Samsa (Italy-Denmark), Caligula (Ukraine), Deals With God (Germany), Maria Zaitun (Indonesia), 970 (Palestine), The Last Comedy (UAE), Complete Silence (Bahrain), The Pig (Saudi Arabia), The City Is Mine (Morocco), The Eagle Regains His Wings (Sudan), The Bird’s Logic (Tunisia), Amedia (Kuwait), in addition to Egyptian entries: Défilé by the Egyptian Modern Theatre Dance Company and Gemini produced by the General Authority of Cultural Palaces.

The out-of-competition segment will present Love Tronics produced by Ezzat Ezzat Contemporary Dance Studio and The Guaranteed Way to Get Rid of Stains by the Black and White art troupe.

CIFET's door for plays submissions from Egyptian, regional and international troupes was open until 30 August and a total of 285 performances – 118 from Egypt and 167 from international troupes – showed their interest to participate.

The committee in charge of choosing the international plays was chaired by Dina Amin, a stage director and Associate Professor of Theatre at American University in Cairo, joined by the Egyptian artists, Latifa Fahmy and Ahmed Mokhtar, and the American scenographer John Howe.

The Egyptian plays were viewed by theatre critics and directors, such as Aida Allam, Rania Fathallah, Mohamed Samir Elkhatib, Ayman El-Khashab, Bassem Sadek, Mohamed Al-Ruby and Hisham Atwa.

Founded in 1988, the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre was taking place annually on the first days of September. However, it was interrupted by the January 2011 Revolution and the many changes that took place in Egypt's artistic scene in the following years.

After a five-year hiatus, the festival was back in 2016 with its 23rd edition and a new name: the Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) and continued until 2019, a period that saw the festival drop its competitive character and focus on presenting a limited number of local and international plays.

In its 27th edition (2020), the CIFET's president Alaa Abdel Aziz reinstated the event's competitive character and its original name: Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre.

Due to the global pandemic, the 27th CIFET was limited to local live performances by Egyptian troupes and international online plays.

The festival's 28th edition to take place in December is presided over by Gamal Yakout. The artistic directors are Mohamed Abdelrahman El-Shafei and Saeed Kabeel.

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