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A “world” theater festival in Shizuoka with “Fuji no Kuni Sekai Engekisai 2011”
 The “Fuji no Kuni Sekai Engekisai 2011” (World Theatre Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji 2011) opened on June 4 in Shizuoka Pref. as an international festival. During its run until July 3, nine works from France, Italy, India, Colombia and Japan will be performed at four venues in Shizuoka City centered around the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and its Performing Arts Park. The festival program is also supplemented with video showings of stage works, reading café tours, street performances, exchanges study groups, live action drama, book fairs and more at sites around the prefecture.
 Until now, SPAC (Shizuoka Performing Arts Center) has held an annual international “Shizuoka Spring Arts Festival” that from this year is renamed the “Fuji no Kuni Sekai Engekisai 2011” (World Theatre Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji 2011) as SPAC celebrates the 15th anniversary of its founding. According to Satoshi Miyagi, who assumed the position of the festival’s artistic director from Tadashi Suzuki in April of 2007, “We have changed the name on the belief that the concept of “international” is a thing of the past. We chose the name as an expression of the desire to see exchange between groups with differing cultural identities, as we see in regional exchanges. Just was with the term “world music” we believe that we can speak today of “world theater.”
 With the natural disaster that struck Japan in March there has been a re-examination of the purpose of theater festivals, but the decision was made to proceed with this festival based on the belief, expressed by Miyagi, that “In times like these, access to theater performances as usual can help prevent unnecessary feelings of distress among the populace.”
+Schedule
Manatsu-no-yo-no-yume [A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
Dates: June 4 (Sat.), 5 (Sun.) / Venue: Shizuoka Arts Theater
Director: Satoshi Miyagi
Based on the work by: W. Shakespeare, from translation by Yushi Odashima
Developed by: Hideki Noda
Starring: SPAC
Tenshu-Monogatari (The Castle Tower)
Date: June 18 (Sat.), 25 (Sat.), July 2 (Sat.) / Venue: Open Air Theatre UDO, Shizuoka Performing Arts Park
Director: Satoshi Miyagi
Author: Kyoka Izumi
Starring: Micari, Kazunori Abe, and others
Le Rêve de Takase [Takase’s Dream]
Date: June 5 (Sun.), 19 (Sun.) / Venue: Ellipse Theatre DAENDO, Shizuoka Performing Arts Park
Choreography: Merlin Nyakam
Performed by: SPAC-ENFANTS
Extase
Date: June 4 (Sat.), 5 (Sun.) / Venue: Open Air Theatre UDO, Shizuoka Performing Arts Park
Written, directed by: Tanino Kuro
La Dame aux Camélias [The Lady of the Camellias]
Date: June 11 (Sat.), 12 (Sun.) / Venue: Shizuoka Arts Theater
Director: Tadashi Suzuki
Based on the work by: Alexandre Dumas fils
Starring: Ning-chien Weng and others
Welcome to Nowhere (bullet hole road)
Date: June 11 (Sat.), 12 (Sun.) / Venue: SPAC Performing Arts Park Studio Wing “BOX Theater”
Written, directed by: Kenneth Collins
Performed by: Temporary Distortion
(The performance of this work was cancelled but a video screening was held)
Enrico V [Henry V]
Date: June 18 (Sat.), 19 (Sun.) / Venue: Shizuoka Arts Theater
Arranged, directed by: Pippo Delbono
Starring: Pippo Delbono Company
Les Marchands [The Merchants]
Date: June 25 (Sat.), 26 (Sun.) / Venue: Shizuoka Arts Theater
Written, directed by: JoeNl Pommerat
Performed by: Compagnie Louis Brouillard
(The performance was cancelled due to difficulties in the company coming to Japan. However, a stage video of the production was screened with SPAC actress Kotoko Kiuchi giving narration on stage.)
GOVARDHANODHARANAM [Lifting of the Govardhana mountain]
PARVATI VIRAHAM [Parvat’s Love Quarrel]

Date: June 25 (Sat.), 26 (Sun.) / Venue: Ellipse Theatre DAENDO, Shizuoka Performing Arts Park
Director: Gopal Venu
Starring: Kapila Venu and Natanakairali
Bolívar, fragmentos de un sueño [Boliver, fragments of a dream]
Date: July 2 (Sat.), 3 (Sun.) / Venue: Shizuoka Arts Theater
Director: Omar Porras
Written by: William Ospina
Starring:FOmar Porras and others
(The visit to Japan by the Colombian musicians was cancelled and a performance with different musicians is planned.)
Hiroshima mon amour
Date: July 2 (Sat.), 3 (Sun.) / Venue: Ellipse Theatre DAENDO, Shizuoka Performing Arts Park
Director: Christine Letailleur
Written by: Marguerite Duras
Starring: Valérie Lang, Hiroshi Ota, Pier Lamandé
+“Fuji no Kuni Sekai Engekisai 2011” festival
http://www.spac.or.jp/11_fujinokuni/
*On the home page you will find a download pdf for the festival pamphlet on the upper left of the page. See the pamphlet for English titles.
*Press conference video 1 (Artistic Director Miyagi) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCVNZiBkqr0
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