Satoshi Miyagi began his career as an actor and a director while studying at the University of Tokyo. In 1986, he began performing solo shows bringing together major literary works and a method inspired both by dance and clowning. He founded the company Ku Na'uka in 1990, with which he has directed ancient and classical European works as well as modern Japanese authors, basing his actors' work on Eastern gymnastics and on the idea that every role should be played by two actors. This led to his invitation to the most prestigious international institutions. In 1995, he was invited to direct Electra with Tadashi Suzuki at the Ancient Theatre of Delphi. The recipient of numerous awards, in 2006 he adapted and directed the Mahabharata, which he also directed in 2014 in the Boulbon quarry. Appointed director of the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center in 2007, he adapted the masterpieces Kyoka Izumi's Yashagaike, Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Euripides's Medea, as well as the texts of Olivier Py, mixing Japanese traditions and eclectic influences. Every year, Satoshi Miyagi organises the World Theatre Festival Shizuoka, where he invites the most famous names in international theatre to create and present shows in a spirit of sharing and openness.
© portrait Ryota Atarashi