Omar Ghayatt was born in Cairo in 1976; in 1998, he received his B.A. in Arts and Education. He has worked in the Performing arts since 1996.
In 2003 he received the first state prize ever awarded in Egypt for "performance art." In the following years, he performed in various countries and festivals such as Interakcje Festival (Poland), Cairo Opera House, Vooruit Gent, Theaterspektakel Zurich, Temps d'Image Marne- la-Vallée, Festival Theaterformen Hannover, Festival Inteatro Polverigi, Festival a/d Werf Utrecht, La Friche Belle de Mai Marseille, Festival DCAF Cairo, Festival D'Avignon.
In 2007, Ghayatt traveled to "Schlachthaus theater Bern" as an artist in residence of "Pro Helvetia." In March 2008, Ghayatt started "Made in Paradise," a project in collaboration with the Swiss artists Yan Duyvendak and Nicole Borgeat. In 2009 Ghayatt received his Master of Scenography from the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste Zhdk. In 2010 Omar Ghayatt received a studio in the "PROGR" center for culture production as a grant from the city of Bern. In 2011 he created "If I Weren't Egyptian," a visual theatre project in collaboration and based on a text by Alaa Al Aswani. In 2014 Ghayatt began "Violence Lointaine," a dance/performance, with the Congolese choreographer DeLaVallet Bidiefono and the French sound artist Maxime Denuc. Ghayatt received a special grant (OFF-Stage) from The Canton of Bern in January 2015. The latest theatrical project by Ghayatt is "Divine Museum," which premiered in Schlachthaus theater in 2019. In the same year, Ghayatt went to study film at New York Film Academy NYFA.
In 2022, his work "Les Passagers" was invited to be shown at the 29th edition of "The Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater." where he won the Jury Prize.
The Luckey Children" is Ghayatt's recent project, which is planned to be premiered at the D-CAF festival in Cairo in October of 2023. While the European premiere will take place in Schlachthaus Theater Bern, in Switzerland, in November of the same year.
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