Kazuyoshi Kushida

Kazuyoshi Kushida (born in 1942) is an actor, director and the artistic manager of the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre. After studying acting at Haiyu-za, in 1965, he decides to join the theatre company Bungaku-za. A year later, together with Makoto Sato, Ren Saito and Hideko Yoshida, he creates the Jiyu Gekijo Company and start producing traditional theatre shows, the most popular being Maboroshi no Suizokukan (1976), Motto Naite-yo Flapper (1977), Shanghai Rhapsody (1979) and Cusco (1982). From 1985, he begins working for the opening of the Bunkamura Theater Cocoon, being extremely involved in the project, from the architectural plan to the artistic strategy. With the opening of the theatre in 1989, he signs a franchise agreement with On-Theater Jiyu Gekijo, which he continues to manage, and introduces a repertoiry system. From that moment, he starts working intensively for Theatre Cocoon and creates a schedule for the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be staged every year with a new director. Later on, he introduces the Cocoon Kabuki series, in collaboration with the famous actor Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII. Since 2000, he is a professor at the Performing Arts Department of Nihon University and since 2003, he is the artistic and administrative manager of Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre. In 2007, he wins the Outstanding Director Award of the Yomiuri Drama Grand Prix for the performance Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan–Kita, the seventh production of the Cocoon Kabuki series. In 2008, he receives the Medal of Honour (Purple Ribbon) from the Japanese Government for outstanding artistic and academic performances.

“A personality who has profoundly transformed the performing arts in Japan, the most complex Japanese artist, most open to novelty and dialogue, Kazuyoshi Kushida is awarded a star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame for the uniqueness of his art and his vocation for dialogue and worldwide partnerships.”
(Constantin Chiriac)

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