Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) was founded in 1995 by Shizuoka local government. SPAC is the pinoneer as the publicly-funded performing arts organization in Japan, which owns residential actors, technical and production staff, based on own venues and facilities. The mission of SPAC are not only creating original pieces, but also inviting sophisticated artistic companies / individuals, as well as developing human resources who seek for expression in performing arts..
SPAC commenced its full-fledged activities in 1997, under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki, the first General Artistic Director of SPAC. Since April 2007, Satoshi Miyagi was appointed as the General Artistic Director, plunging into a new phase with further development.
SPAC can present some remarkable points.
SPAC is a company with professional persons to create performing arts.
・General Artistic Director: the symbol of SPAC, who leads the organization and authorizes the overall policy.
・Professionals: residential actors, technical staff, directors, production staff who engages with creation.
SPAC can utilize own facilities such as; “Studio” where actors formulate their disciplined physical bodies for creating original performing arts, and “Venue” to represent their outputs. Venues have high standard structures and expertise, which are facilities specialized in performing arts for only SPAC’s use, not for rent. In Japan, SPAC is the first model case realizing European theatre system as “A theatre with software”. SPAC has been accepting a lot of attentions in this context, as well as from the viewpoint of cultural policy by a local government.
SPAC original pieces are highly evaluated both domestically and internationally, continuing presentation in more than eleven countries such as United States, Greek, Russia, France, and Italy. Its repertoires are treasures of SPAC, achieved by own-based staff and actors.
4. Theatre, for communication and connection
Theatre is a window to the world. Not only creation activities, SPAC also holds international performing arts festivals and programs for human resources development to nurture future artists. The energy emitted by a human body on the stage is a once-in-a-lifetime one. SPAC provides opportunities to feel such energy, to inspire creativity and imagination of both performers and audiences. Where both of them can meet each other is “a theatre”.
Chairman of Board of Directors: Jun Matsui
General Artistic Director: Satoshi Miyagi
Contact: 79-4 Ikeda, Suruga-ku Shizuoka City, Shizuoka 422-8005
Tel. +81-54-203-5730 Fax +81-54-203-5732
Satoshi MIYAGI : director
General Artistic Director of Shizuoka Performing Arts Center
Born in 1959, in Tokyo. Satoshi MIYAGI studied aesthetics at Tokyo University where he created a performance group and started his career as director and actor. In this period itself he developed a training method for actors based on oriental gymnastics. In 1986 he started performing solo, basing his performance on modern novels. His shows were described as ‘the birth of a new clown art, founded upon a concrete storytelling technique with an element of dance.’
In 1990, he founded a new theatre company "KU NA’UKA". His repertoires are mainly great classics as Greek tragedies or Shakespeare. He is renown by fusing the Japanese traditional theater style and the European text.
From 1993, KU NA’UKA was invited many times in foreign countries, such as France, Italy, Spain, USA, China, Korea and India, and presented “SALOME”, “TENSYU-MONOGATARI”, "MEDEA".
He directed "ELEKTRA" by SCOT together with Tadashi Suzuki in the 1st Theater Olympics (Greece) in 1995. His work won the Grand Prix of the 3rd Asahi Performing Arts Awards (2004), the 2nd Asahi Beer Art Prize (2005).
KU NA’UKA was chosen as gala opening of the theatre Claude Lévi-Strauss in QUAI BRANLY national museum newly completed in Paris, and has performed "MAHABHARATA" in October 2006.
His best known works are: Sophocles "ANTIGONE", Euripides "MEDEA", Shakespeare "OTHELLO", Kyoka Izumi "TENSYU-MONOGATARI", Yukio Mishima "TROPICAL TREE".
He was a councilor of the Japan Performing Arts Foundation, a representative of Japan committee of BeSeTo (Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo) Theatre Festival international committee till 2007.
Miyagi has been appointed as General Artistic Director of SPAC - Shizuoka Performing Arts Center - since April of 2007.
He has been created his masterpieces with its residential company SPAC : Kyoka Izumi "DEMON LAKE", Shakespeare "HAMLET", Juro Kara "TWO LADIES" and etc.
Also he organizes an annual international theatre festival "Spring Arts Festival Shizuoka", inviting contemporary theatre productions from all over the world. He has great reputation from theatre world as the producer and organizer, to show the festival and theatres as an actual event for ordinary people.
He also starts various personnel training projects for the youth in Shizuoka, aiming to open the theatre as the window which people can see the world itself.