Artist Talk: Tadashi Suzuki

Macao Musuem of Arts Auditorium

Language: Japanese, with Mandarin interpretation


Belonging to the first generation of theatre directors and writers in the post-war period of Japan, Tadashi Suzuki is the founder of the Suzuki Company of Toga and the first international theatre festival in Japan, the Toga Festival. By shedding light on the actors’ bodies, trained to achieve powerful control and physical presence through his unique training method, Suzuki depicts a universal message addressed to human beings throughout his productions. Using The Trojan Women as an example, Suzuki shares with us how he recreates the world of the play through the actors’ bodies.

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Tadashi Suzuki

Tadashi Suzuki is the founder and director of the Suzuki Company of Toga based in Toga Village. He is the organiser of Japan’s first international theatre festival “Toga Festival”, and the creator of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. Suzuki has served as a member of the International Theatre Olympics Committee, as founding member of the BeSeTo Festival (jointly organised by leading theatre professionals from Japan, China and Korea) and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Japan Performing Arts Foundation, a nation-wide network of theatre professionals in Japan.

Suzuki’s works include On the Dramatic Passions, The Trojan Women, Dionysus, King Lear, Cyrano de Bergerac, Madame de Sade and many others. Besides productions with his own company, he has directed several works in collaboration with other theatres, such as The Tale of Lear, co-produced and presented by four leading regional theatres in the U.S.; King Lear, presented with the Moscow Art Theatre, etc. A collection of his writings in English on his theories of theatre, Culture is the Body is published by Theatre Communications Group in New York. Also, a book written on Suzuki titled The Theatre of Suzuki Tadashi is published by Cambridge University Press as part of their Directors in Perspective series, featuring leading theatre directors of the 20thcentury. This series includes works on Meyerlhold, Brecht, Strehler, Peter Brook and Robert Wilson, among others.