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Sep. 5, 2016
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SCOT Summer Season 2016 to be held (Aug. 26 – Sep. 4, 2016)
 
Internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki’s company SCOT (Suzuki Company of Toga) has been active in Toga-mura (currently Nanto City), Higashi Tonami-gun, Toyama Pref. since 1976. The company’s base, the “Toga Art Park of Toyama Prefecture,” has become one of Japan’s representative performing arts complexes with is a group of performing arts facilities including the “Toga Sanbo” and the “New Toga Sanbo” buildings modified into a performance space from Japan’s largest gassho-zukuri (thatched-roof mountain farmhouses), while also comprising residence halls, rehearsal halls and seven theatres, including an amphitheater. Since the 1982 launch of the 1st Toga Festival as Japan’s first international performing arts festival, the festival has been held each year as an international event. In 2008, the “SCOT Summer Season” was launched as a performing arts festival under the SCOT program. From 2016, in addition to the SCOT performances, the 23rd BeSeTo Theater Festival, Asia Directors Festival are being held at seven performance venues including the Toga Art Park and surrounding facilities. The events are sponsored by the Toyama Prefecture Cultural Foundation of Nanto City, Toyama Pref. with support for Asian cultural exchange programs from the Japan Foundation Asia Center.
In a program titled “Japanese Popular Song Collection” SCOT presents four works directed by Tadashi Suzuki, including the popular song play Ai wa Byoin – Kachi-kachi Yama Yori (Love is a Hospital, from Mt. Kachi-kachi) based on Osamu Dazai’s Otogi Zoshi and depicting the sorrow of a man in a play performed on the three languages of Japanese, Chinese and Italian. Also, prior to the 23rd BeSeTo Theater Festival held on a rotating basis in Japan, China and S. Korea, which will be held in September in Japan (Tottori and Niigata Prefectures) there will be a performance by Chinese, Korean and Japanese actors of the Tadashi Suzuki adaptation of the Greek tragedy Dionysos (original play by Euripídēs, premiere: 1978) that has been performed to date in 19 countries to high acclaim.
In the Asia Directors Festival, acclaimed directors from five Asian cities, Hsu Po-Ang (Taipei, Taiwan), Akifumi Watanabe (Shizuoka, Japan), Iswadi Pratama (Lampung, Indonesia), Ni Guangjin (Shanghai, China) and Kim Jeong Geun (Seoul, S. Korea) compete with their production of the contest play, Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs.
Other events on the schedule include symposiums and talks, film showings and more. For performances at Toga Park, set ticket fees have been eliminated since 2013 in favor of a customer donation system. Reservations for performances require pre-registration with SCOT Club.
+SCOT Summer Season 2016
http://www.scot-suzukicompany.com/sss/2016/ (Japanese only)
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