theme of this years Festival aims at celebrating innovation
in theatre and dance -drama over the last 100 years. With the
development of both technical and artistic aspects, each has
served to enlarge and recreate the other; experiments in the
spheres of lighting and sound etc., have broadened not only
artistic possibilities in theatre itself, but also furthered
and strengthened artistic vision all over the world.
It isthis sense of vision that RPTW has endeavored to nature
over the previous seven Festivals. Not only has local participation
remained enthusiastic and committed to the cause of performing
arts in the country, but also international participation has
given audiences the opportunity to savour world class theatre.
The underlying aim of the Festival is not to provide merely
entertainement, infact the spirit of the Festival seek to develop
the aesthetic inclination of theare goers and educate it to
a better class of theatre.
Perhaps most importantly for RPTW, it is the desire to reincarnate
our diverse cultural and artistic heritage that has been the
driving force behind the last seven festivals. We have a long
and especially rich tradition of performing arts, be it theatre
or music or puppetry, and it is for us to recreate our cultural
niche in the world.
A temporary Museum had exhibit puppets from more than 20 countries
around the world. It had have a miniature theatre
showing puppets with lighting and backdrop setups. These comprise
of about 15 installtions of puppets in the actual atmosphere
of puppet theatre performances. As in the past puppets will
also be displayed without their dramatic presence.
Tere was an exhibition of masks Face to Face. This
exhibition was a collaboration between the Rafi Peer Theatre
Workshop and Sim Sim. The idea of this exhibition is to involve
resident painters of Lahore to paint their own expressions on
the masks developed by Faizaan Peerzada. This will reflect their
own perspectives on theatre expression while paying tribute
to the 1500 years of Lahores spirit of creativity.
this an exhibition of paintings by children was on display.
This exhibition was a result of the National competition held
recently by UCAF, an organization dedicated to Child Art and
visual learning globally. Another important aspect of this exhibition
was the Mural, which was also created by the children jointly,
and depicts a large size map of Pakistan.
Also on exhibit was a collection of Faizaan Peerzadas
murals, depicting deal with large size faces, Peerzadas
most recent works in acrylics. Besides the 20 murals, Faizaans
latest mural was also on display which was created in 30 minutes
with live music at his last live painting exhibition held at
the Alliance Francaise Lahore, recently.
Egyptian National Theatre
Euro Theatre Central Bonn
Ms. Marjan Zameni
Dagyaw Theatre & Dance Company
Ekaterinburg State Drama Company
Markus Zohner Theatre Compagnie
Sri Lankan Dance Troupe
Karachi Drama Circle
Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop
Alliance Francaise Theatre Workshop
Punjab Lok Rehas
Dastaan Drama Company
the Puppeteers NCA
Mime Club of NCA
Punjab University (Fine Arts Department)
Lahore College of Arts & Sciences
University college Lahore
Nighat Chaudhry (Choreographer)
Sheema Kermani (Choreographer)