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Lecture/Demonstration-Tadashi Suzuki

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Hugh Hedley

on 17 December 2012

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Transcript of Lecture/Demonstration-Tadashi Suzuki

Tadashi Suzuki
Lecture/
demonstation Tadashi Suzuki's Career Born in 1939 in Japan.
In the 1960s he formed the Little Theatre Waseda in Tokyo which later became the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) .
Organised the first theatre festival in Japan in Toga.
Artistic director of the Acting Company Mito 1989-1994.
Founded the Shizuoka Arts Theatre 1995
Chairman of the board of directors for the Japan Performing Arts Foundation. Our Aims

-to give a brief overview of Suzuki's work
-to show the principles and philosophy behind his training method
-to workshop some of the kunrens (exercises) Suzuki's Aims to revitalise the theatre

-by moving away from European style illusion of reality and towards greater expressiveness
-by creating real energy in performers
-by confronting and energizing the audience
-by using the space as part of the performance Suzuki's style

-vision, multi cultural, international
-integrates, synthesises.
-combined some elements of traditional Noh and Kabuki theatre with western elements, mixing styles, mixing past with present.
- deals with universal emotions of pain, grief , loss as in The Trojan Women, Elektra, Lear/Tale of Lear, Macbeth
Suzuki's influence

-toured America, Europe , Australia
-developed training method in the 1970s, taught others
-western practitioners, approved by Suzuki, now teaching, eg Ellen Lauren
- influenced other companies - collabarated with Anne Bogart in setting up SIRI now based in New York, also Frank Company in Australia, who follow his methods exactly
- training method now widely taught Suzuki's training method Purpose -to develop the will and concentration
-to increase stamina
-to learn to cope with any difficulty

Consists of

- a series of exercises which are
- precise, fixed
- repeated patterns in a given format
- are always led by an instructor

Based on

-elements of Noh and Kabuki theatre
- also grew out of rehearsal during 1970s The exercises Demo/Workshop Ashi o Horu-throwing feet
Fumikoe-stamp and change
Ten ways of walking
Slow ten tekka ten
Stamping shakuhachi
Standing and sitting statues Thanks for watching. Have a nice day!! By Hugh Hedley and Tom Kitching
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