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May. 31, 2013
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World Theater Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji, 2013 program announced (Jun. 1 – 30, 2013)
The World Theater Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji, organized by the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is in its third holding this year. The 2013 festival program consists of eight works from seven countries and ranging the very latest in contemporary theater to traditional dance and puppet theater from Japan and abroad.
For the festival opening, SPAC artistic director Satoshi Miyagi directs his new play Ogon no Basha (The Golden Coach) inspired by Jean Renoir’s film of the same name. The 90-year-old French director Claude Regy uses SPAC actors to stage a re-creation of the latter 19th century play Interior by Maurice Maeterlinck. Also, flamenco dancer Shoji Kojima performs the world premiere of Sei to Shi no Awai wo Ikite – Federico no Tamashi ni Sasageru (Between Life and Death: Homage to the Soul of Federico García Lorca).
Invited works from overseas appearing in Japan for the first time include the big European hit The Spanish Fly directed by Herbert Fritsh and performed by actors of Germany’s Volksbühne Berlin company; the flag bearer of the Polish Theater Industry, Jan Klata directs the musical A Piece on Mother and the Fatherland; the documentary theater work Hate Radio written and directed by Swiss-born director and playwright Milo Rau with a story set in the radio station that was accused of contributing to the terrible massacres the Rwanda genocide of 1994; and the French puppet theater company La Pendue performing Polichinelle.
There will also be a performance of Waiting for Something by Shigeki Nakano + Frankens, a collaboration between Japan’s Shigeki Nakano, known for his unique style involving what he describes as “misinterpretation” of foreign plays, and the Korean actress and musician Frankens. The work is an original script that gains insight from Becket’s Waiting for Godot.
This time the festival is held concurrently with the Fuji no Kuni Outdoor Arts Festa and will feature performances on the water by French performers and Vietnamese puppet theater on the water at venues including Fuji Hongu Sengen Shrine (Fujinomiya city), the harbor of Shimizu (Shimizu city) with Mt. Fuji in the background and the Granship Hiroba square (Shizuoka city).

Festival Outline
This is an international theater festival organized by the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), which was founded in 1997 by Shizuoka local government as Japan’s first publicly-funded performing arts organization with its own resident actors, technical and production staff, based at its own facilities, including a theater and rehearsal studios. In 2011, its name was changed from the Spring Arts Festival Shizuoka to the Fuji no Kuni – World Theater Festival (English name: World Theater Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji) and is now held each June at four venues in Shizuoka city including the Shizuoka Performing Arts Theater and the Shizuoka Performing Arts Park. Based on the concept that Fuji no Kuni (the land of Mt. Fuji = Shizuoka) can be connected to the world through theater, the festival presents productions by Japanese and foreign directors. The festival’s director is the SPAC artistic director, Satoshi Miyagi.
+Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC)