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ORIENTAL THEATER: BETWEEN UTOPIA AND REALITY
George Banu in dialogue with Kazuyoshi Kushida and Masahiro Yasuda
Lansare de carte Japan: the Empire of Theater Nemira Publishing House, Yorick Collection and Sibiu International Theatre Festival Book Collection, 2015
George Banu – writer and professor. Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy recently received the grand prize of the French Academy Prize 2014. President of Europe Theater Prize and honorary president of the International Association of Theatre. Doctor Honoris causa of several European universities. Author of numerous works devoted to contemporary theater and to the relationship that the stage maintains with painting. Some recent headlines: “The Human Back”, “The Curtain or the Fracture of the World”, “Modern Scene”, “Mythologies and Miniatures”, “The Monologues of Incompletion”, “Love and Unlove of Theater”, “Shakespeare, World’s a Stage”. He made numerous programs dedicated to theater at the Romanian Television and collaborated with Radio Romania Cultural. He has been animating for several years the meetings with artists within the Sibiu International Theatre Festival.

Artistic Director of Yamanote Jijosha. Councilor of Japan Performing Arts Foundation. Born in Tokyo, Masahiro Yasuda was a graduate of Waseda University. He founded Yamanote Jijosha, in 1984 at university. He directed almost all the performances of Yamanote Jijosha. His direction is highly appreciated with the acting and directing style “Yojo-han” designed the modern play. His recent works in Tokyo were, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare, 2010) Oedipus Rex (Sophocles, 2010) Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare, 2012) Hikarigoke ( Taijun Takeda, 2013) Don Juan (Moliere, 2014) Hedda Gabler (Ibsen, 2014) Nigorie (Ichiyo Higuchi, 2014) The Tempest (Shakespeare, 2015) As assigned directors of regional and other art promotion foundations and councils, he staged the productions such as: A Midsummer Night's Dream (TPK and Kagawa Prefecture, 2005), The Taming of the Shrew (TPK and Kagawa Prefecture, 2006), Run Melos (Osamu Dazai, Shizuoka Performing Arts Center, 2009, 2011, 2014). He also directed National Teater Radu Stanca in 2012, A Japanese Story (Onnakoroshi Aburano Jigoku; Monzaemon Chikamatsu). Yasuda served as Festival Director of Toga Spring Art Festival (1998 and 2000) and judged many theatre competitions. He instruct at Obirin University, Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music and other universities. He also wrote many articles in Teatro, Asahi Weekly, Tarzan, and so on. His book, Happy Body (“Happy na Karada”) was published by Yosensha in 2003.

Born in 1942, Kushida is an actor, director, and stage designer. Currently he is the artistic director of the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre and the director of the Matsumoto-based Theater Company Alp. In 1966 he founded the theatre company Jiyu Gekijo (Theatre Libre), which changed its name later to On-Theater Jiyu Gekijo. With this company, he garnered acclaim for works like Shanghai Bansking (Shanghai Rhapsody). From 1985 to 1996, Kushida was the first artistic director of the Bunkamura Theater Cocoon, Tokyo. In April 2003, he took on the role of artistic director of the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre. He launched the Shinshu Matsumoto Okabuki (Grand Kabuki) in 2008 and the Matsumoto Street Arts Festival in 2008. In 2011 he starred in The Soldier’s Tale, a co-production with the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, and in August 2013 he took over directing the festival. He received popular acclaim for his Kuchu Cabaret (Aerial Cabaret) that fused circus, music and theatre, and in July 2013 he starred in and directed Kuchu Cabaret 2013.

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