George Banu

Critic and theatre personality born in Romania and settled in Paris in 1973, he studied at the Academy of Drama and Film, Bucharest, was a generation colleague with the director Andrei ┼×erban. Professor at I.E.T. (Institut d’Études Théâtrales) at the University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and at the Theatre Studies Faculty of the University of Louvain la Neuve in Belgium. In 1981, George Banu published the well-known volume Costumul de teatru and the book Brecht ou le petit contre le grand, for which he received the Critics Award for the Best Theatre Book of the year. In 1990, together with Michelle Kokosowski, he founded the Experimental Theatre Academy in Paris, which he runs until 2001, when its activity stops. General Secretary (1985-1992), President (1994-2000), then Honorary President of the International Association of Theatre Critics, UNITER Member, doctor honoris causa of the “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Film Bucharest, and doctor honoris causa of several European Universities. Amongst the awards, he was distinguished with: three times the award for Best Theatre Book in France, Honorary Award of IATC - Romanian section in the UNITER Gala 2012, Special Prize of the Shakespeare Festival 2012, offered by Rotary Probitas Craiova and Rotary Craiova. He is a honorary member of the Romanian Academy since 2013. He is co-director of the magazine Alternatives Théâtrales in Brussels and director of the collection Le temps du Théâtre published by Actes Sud in France. His books were published in France and were translated in numerous languages. He wrote a trilogy about the relationship between theatre and painting: Le Rideau, L’Homme de dos and Nocturnes. Published books: L’espace Théâtral, Le Costume De Théâtre, Brecht ou le petit contre le Grand, Le Théâtre, Sorties de secours, L’acteur qui ne revient pas, Mémoires du théâtre, Le rouge et or, Peter Brook: de Timon d’Athènes à La Tempête, L’instant Habité, Sarah Bernhardt ou les sculptures de l’éphémère, Le Rideau Ou La Fêlure Du Monde, Notre Théâtre, la Cerisaie, L’homme De Dos, Exercices d’accompagnement, D’Antoine Vitez a Sarah Bernhardt, L’oubli, Nocturnes, La Scène Surveillée, Le Repos, Les Solitaires Intempestifs, Miniatures Théoriques, Shakespeare, le monde est une scène, Shakespeare, Métaphore et pratique du théâtre, Les voyages du comédien.

“President and Honorary President of the International Association of Theatre Critics, Artistic Director of the Academy of Experimental Theatre in Paris, President of the Europe Prize for Theatre, Secretary General of the European Theatres Union, academician and university professor at the Sorbonne, George Banu receives a star on Sibiu Walk of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the development of European theater for the past 40 years, research in theater, festivals and cultural events, academics in Europe and worldwide.”
(Constantin Chiriac)

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