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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac
Director and Scenography Tadashi Suzuki
Music Fragments from Guiseppe Verdi's La Traviata', Shakuhachi and Kariboshi-kiriuta (Japanese folk songs)
Cast Kiyosumi Niihori, Irina Lindt/Yukiko Saito, Kenji Nagai, Masahiko Kato, Kosuke Tsutamori, Naoko Kuboniwa, Keiti Mishima, Tsuyoshi Kijima, Akihito Okuno, Shunsuke Yamomoto. Eisaku Fujiwara, Morimasa Takeishi, Ryo Yoshimi, Momoyo Tateno, Chisako Aiba, Maki Saito, Sachiko Nakamura, Akane Okuwa

Tadashi Suzuki was born in 1939. He graduated fr om the Faculty of Polytechnical Sciences of Tokyo Vaseda University. Suzuki's career began at the university theatre. He founded in Tokyo the theatre ‘Vaseda Sho-gekio’ (season 1966-67), which became a centre of the Japanese theatre avant-garde. He directed 'Dramatic Passions' and ‘The Girl with Matches' based on H.C. Anderson. He is the founder (1976) and the artistic director of the Togo theatre. Productions: ‘The Trojans’, 'Bacchanadia', ‘Dionysius' by Euripides; ‘King Lear’ by W. Shakespeare; Three Sisters’, ‘Uncle Vania1, ‘The Cherry Orchard' by A. Chekhov; ‘Oedipus Rex’ by Sophocles: ‘Cyrano de Bergerac' by E. Rostand and the opera ‘Lear’s Visions'. He teaches at US universities. In 1982 he organized the first Japanese International Theatre Festival. He is general director and artistic director of the Shizuoka Performing Arts Centre. Since 1993 he is member of the International Committee of Theatre Olympics. He is the author of several theoretical works, wh ere he has formulated the method of actors’ training, which is based on the ability to transform man's biological energy into an expressive force. In cooperation with the architect Arata Isozaki he worked on the design of buildings for eight Japanese theatres.

The Shizuoka Performing Arts Centre (SPAC) was established in 1995 as a creative base for actors. The permanent troupe of the Centre consists of directors, choreographers, designers, actors, dancers, technical and administrative groups. In the park of the Centre there is the open-air theatre ‘Udo’, the inside theatre ‘Daendo’, studios for rehearsals and exercise, hostels, hotels, restaurants, and administrative premises. Creation, production and educational events take place here, as well as programs of creative exchange and cooperation with actors and organizations from Japan and abroad. In 1999 the Centre hosted the II Theatre Olympics, and since 2000 it organizes the international festival ‘Spring Festival of Arts in Shizuoke’.

Suzuki's production of «Cyrano de Bergerac» is created on the principle of ‘meta theatre', when the action in its development inevitably takes the features of collage and departs from the original text. Thanks to this form it becomes possible, for example, to make Cyrano the author of the narration or to create all sorts of inserts. It is impossible to say that the performance becomes therefore abstract and obscure. Rather, it acquires features of a painting that conforms to the lyrical Japanese soul. The purposefulness of the director is admirable, vesting the work in a concrete form, precisely determining all settings and attuning the actors.»
Shizuoka Simbun

june 30
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