Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together

May 2, 2015

Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together

by Nobuko Tanaka

Public theaters across the country are holding significantly more community productions and workshops aimed at local residents who are looking to get involved in performance art. Undoubtedly that’s in part thanks to the pioneering work of the nation’s leading dramatist on the world stage, ...

Shizuoka blooms with culture at theater event

Apr 16, 2015

Shizuoka blooms with culture at theater event

by Nobuko Tanaka

With sunlight dappling fresh green leaves, flowers in bloom and birds singing, spring and early summer is when Europeans leave their homes to enjoy the arts at great annual events such as Germany’s Theatertreffen and France’s Avignon Festival. In contrast, though spring in Japan ...

Avignon chief sees culture and politics sharing the stage

Jan 21, 2015

Avignon chief sees culture and politics sharing the stage

by Nobuko Tanaka

“The Avignon Festival is not only about shows and theater, but also about thinking, searching and seeking to understand the world and its politics — and offering an opportunity for three weeks’ intellectual life experience every year,” Olivier Py, the event’s artistic director, declared ...

French triumph frees SPAC pioneer to be bolder still

Jan 21, 2015

French triumph frees SPAC pioneer to be bolder still

by Nobuko Tanaka

Following on Olivier Py’s comment in the accompanying story that “everybody” at last year’s Avignon Festival loved Satoshi Miyagi’s “Mahabharata — Nalacharitam,” which Py, as the festival’s director, had awarded the honor of opening the event, I rolled up to Shizuoka Performing Arts Center ...

Japan's artists aim to foster intra-Asia links

Jan 1, 2015

Japan's artists aim to foster intra-Asia links

by Mika Eglinton

The subject of Japan’s position in the world of Asian performing arts has been widely addressed over the past decade, and the new leadership of last year’s Festival/Tokyo — its largest annual performing-arts event — vowed to step up efforts to develop collaborations and ...

Shizuoka theater festival courts the avant-garde

May 24, 2013

Shizuoka theater festival courts the avant-garde

by Nobuko Tanaka

Claude Regy says the team at the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) threw him the “best birthday party ever” when he arrived in Japan just days after the actual May 1 occasion. The 90-year-old French director is hoping for an even better birthday gift, ...