Your RSC 1970 production of Shakespeare including circus trapeze, stilts and swing - and changed the history of cinema forever. In an excerpt from his new book, Peter Brook explains how the most seductive dreams came to life
Once a computer was asked: "What is truth" It took me a long time before I got the answer: "I'll tell you a story ... "
Today, it is the only way I can answer the question I have often asked: "Why do not you write about the dream of a summer night, you must have many things to say "
-. I'll tell you a story
When I was 18 or 19 years, my only ambition was to make a film. Luckily, I found the highlight of the day producer Sir Alexander Korda, a small ethnic Hungarians who emigrated first to make a fortune in France and in Britain, where he came to power, was knighted by the king and married a beautiful star, Merle Oberon, my father was the "perfect woman."
only been on a trip to Seville during Holy Week, was excited by the multitude of impressions mysterious and imagined a story set in this special fund.
"Sir Alexander," I began, "I have an idea for a movie -"
It was almost the end of the meeting. "Come back when you have developed your" idea "enough to have a true story that I offer." took many years to deliver his sentence of his time and context and hear the profound truth contained. This brings me directly to the dream of a summer night. It had never occurred to me to lead the dream. I had seen many productions house with a beautiful landscape and enthusiastic girls pretending to be fairies. However, when I was invited to work in Stratford, I discovered to my surprise that my answer was "yes." Somewhere in there I had an intuition that I had ignored. Then, the first visit to Beijing circus in Europe showed that the lightness and speed of anonymous bodies that perform incredible stunts without exhibitionism, was a pure spirit appeared. It was a pointer to go beyond the evocative illustration, and I began to imagine a co-production with the Chinese. A year later, in New York, was a ballet by Jerome Robbins opened another door. A small group of dancers around a piano brought new life and magic of Chopin Nocturnes has always been inseparable from the trappings of tutus, painted and clear trees moon. In timeless clothes that danced. These pointers combustion encourages a feeling that somewhere unexpected waiting to be discovered. I spoke with Trevor Nunn, director of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, who said this season he has created a new company that could in a short time to learn all that is necessary. It seemed too good to be true, especially since the Chinese circus acrobats began his training at the age of five. So we just started with the belief that if we work long, hard and with joy in all aspects of the game, seems to gradually form. We began to prepare the ground to give way to try this. Within each day improvise characters and story, practical acrobatics and then passes through the body in mind, we discuss and analyze the text line by line, without any idea of ??where we wore. There was no chaos, the direction of the company, within the meaning of an unknown form that calls us to continue.
He interrupted me with a memorable phrase contained in the short time in which it was delivered, the British class system and snobbery of a newly enlisted member of the upper classes. With a light hand dismissal, said: "Even a cook can have an idea"