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The Centre International de Recherche Théâtrale (or International Centre for Theatre Research) was an organisation founded in Paris in 1970 by theatre director Peter Brook. The purpose was to develop new experimental forms of theatre.

The group attracted actors including Helen Mirren and Andreas Katsoulas.

One of Brook's aims with this organisation was to develop a theatre without language - one that could be understood by anyone in any culture could understand it, without the need for a common language with the actors. This resulted in tours through Africa and Asia. One tour through the deserts of North Africa is documented in the book The Conference of the Birds.

In 1973 it was renamed the Centre International de Création Théâtrale.

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