Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) was founded in 1995 by Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. SPAC is the first publicly founded cultural organization in Japan to have residential actors as well as a technical and administrative staff that manages its own theatre venues and facilities for artistic purposes. As a creative base of the performing arts, it generates programs of creation, presentation, education and also programs of exchange / collaboration with artists and institutions of Japan and abroad. SUZUKI Tadashi was the first General Artistic Director of SPAC since 1997 through to March, 2007. In April, 2007, MIYAGI Satoshi was appointed as the General Artistic Director and SPAC started its new phase under his direction. SPAC puts its efforts into various kinds of activities such as creating a variety of theatre pieces, organizing “World Theatre Festival Shizuoka”, inviting students to the theatre, developing theatrical human resources, touring abroad, enhancing outreaching program and many more.
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: Sumiko Suzuki
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 Tokyo, in 1959. MIYAGI is the General Artistic Director of Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC). After studying aesthetics at Tokyo University under ODASHIMA Yushi, WATANABE Moriaki and HIDAKA Hachiro, he founded the KU NA’ UKA theater company in 1990 and soon began staging plays overseas as well as in Japan. As a result, MIYAGI’s work — in which he often fuses contemporary textual interpretations with physical techniques and patterns of Asian theatre — has long been acclaimed both at home and far beyond. Since he became SPAC’s General Artistic Director in April 2007, MIYAGI has staged his own works — including "Medea," the Hindu epic, "Mahabharata" and "Peer Gynt" — and also invited artists from abroad to present pieces casting a keen eye on the modern world as they see it. In addition, in line with his aim to make theatre “a window to the world,” MIYAGI has started a new SPAC-based project aimed at the youth of Shizuoka — while In July 2014 he was invited to the Festival d’Avignon in southern France, where he received excellent reviews for his open-air version of the Hindu epic "Mahabharata" staged in a huge stone quarry named La Carrière de Bourbon. In 2004, he received The 3rd Asahi Performing Arts Award, and in 2005 he received The 2nd Asahi Beer Art Award.