China's show wins prize in Egypt's experimental theatre festival

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-13 05:09:18|Editor: huaxia

Shi Yuewen, minister counselor for cultural affairs of the Chinese Embassy in Egypt and director of the Chinese Cultural Center in Cairo, receives award for China's "Luocha Land" in Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

"It is encouraging that experimental theatre from China can win a prize on the international stage," says a Chinese culture official, as China's "Luocha Land" wins a prize in Egypt's experimental theatre festival.

CAIRO, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The 27th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre was closed on Friday with a show played by the National Theatre of China winning a prize.

Titled "Luocha Land," the show won the second prize as the best performance in the Recorded Performance Segment of the festival's International competition. This year's festival consisted of two new sections, namely the Recorded Performance Segment and the Lockdown Performances Segment.

"It is encouraging that experimental theatre from China can win a prize on the international stage," said Shi Yuewen, minister counselor for cultural affairs of the Chinese Embassy in Egypt and director of the Chinese Cultural Center in Cairo.

Actors perform during the closing ceremony of the 27th edition of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

Shi added that it was not easy to record and send the play to participate in the festival amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Being able to participate in this festival can not only promote the exchange of theatres between China and Egypt, but also make artists from other countries pay attention to the development of Chinese experimental theatre," he pointed out.

Somaya Ahmed, an Egyptian theatre critic, said that China's participation in the festival was outstanding, expressing admiration of the Chinese performance.

A performance during the closing ceremony of the 27th edition of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

The critic added that the performance of the Chinese artists was unprecedented, adding that the plot of the play and the video-making of the show were stunning.

Meanwhile, Sameh Bassyouni, Executive Director of the 27th Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival, expressed appreciation of China's interest to join this year's edition despite the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Chinese play was a strong competitor, that is why it won a prize," Bassyouni told Xinhua, "I'm glad that China was an important part of the festival this year."

Photo of a show during the closing ceremony of the 27th edition of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

The festival was founded in 1988 and is held every year. In 2011, it was forced to terminate due to the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution. In 2016, the festival returned and attracted more experimental theatre groups from many countries to participate.

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