Georges Banu, born in 1943 in Romania, lived in France since 1973, when he was appointed as theatre studies professor at Sorbonne University. He is the author of many fundamental essays on theater, amongst others Théâtre sortie de secours (Aubier, 1984), L'Acteur qui ne revient pas (Aubier, 1986, Gallimard 1993), Notre théâtre, La Cerisaie (Actes Sud, 1999), L'Homme de dos (Adam Biro, 2000) and an essay on Peter Brook, of which he is the specialist in France, Peter Brook Vers un théâtre premier (Points Essais, 2005). Georges Banu died on the 21st of January 2023.
UTE President Gábor Tompa remembers him: He's gone... Leaving a huge, immeasurable void in the theatre world and in our hearts. The friend of all theatre people, the most knowledgeable spectator, the essayist of superb delicacy, the Man of Culture with an infinite curiosity, attentive to all the details of life, always present with encouraging warmth in the most difficult moments of the lives of his loved ones, aware of everything that happens in the theatrical life of the world, in the world of music, of the plastic arts, collector of "wounded" objects of art, gentle watchful eye with care for the smallest human detail, he embraced the World. From Him we learned only Love. He had a fitting and warm word for all. A living theatrical conscience, a Great Traveller to various destinations of Beauty, his work continues to live and teach us, to enrich our souls and minds.
Union des Théâtres de l'Europe gathered, in the last 3 decades, some of the most important European theatres and artists. Through festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, masterclasses, cooperation projects, the UTE help create a continuous flow between West and East, between generations, between tradition and innovation. Our celebration is inspired by this rich history. With the help of the Interferences International Theatre Festival, we wish to remember some of the best performances presented at past editions of the UTE festival and look forward to new horizons.