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An Evening with Hideki Noda, the most renowned Japanese thespian

An Evening with Hideki Noda, the most renowned Japanese thespian

 

Pawit Mahasarinand Hideki Noda Pradit Prasartthong

 

The Japan Foundation has initiated the organizing of a “Public Talk” by Hideki Noda, the most renowned Japanese playwright, play director as well as actor, in order to provide Thai people a precious opportunity to be exposed to the world of one of the most acclaimed Asian thespians.

 

Hideki Noda has long been acclaimed as a leading thespian. In 1976, while he was a university student, Noda founded his theatre company called “Yume no Yuminsha” (Dreaming Bohemian), which soon became the emblem of the country’s vibrant youth-theatre firmament and the leader of a nationwide cultural movement in the early 1980s. Just as everything seemed to be soaring, though, Noda broke up Yume no Yuminsha and went on to study theatre in London and in 1993, established the theatre company “Noda Map”, which has played to full houses ever since, whether they are small or large-scale venues. His recent theatre credits include The Bee, Red Demon, Oil, Kill, Pandora’s Bell, etc . Despite having been in the forefront of Japanese contemporary drama for so long, Noda has also blossomed in the quite distinct and different fields of opera and Japan’s traditional Kabuki theatre. He has won most of the major drama awards in Japan. He will be Artistic Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in 2009.

 

Noda’s work has had a huge influence on Japanese Theatre. Moreover, his acclaimed play “Red Demon” (AKAONI) performed by local casts in England, Korea and Thailand, has also left a major mark here in Thailand. Now, several years after “Red Demon,” theater goers will be able to explore what he has in mind for his next project with the help of an active moderator, Pawit Mahasarinand from Chulalongkorn University, and another guest speaker, Pradit Prasartthong from Makhampom Studio. This will definitely be a must-see event, especially for someone who is interested in the latest trends of

 

Come and listen to his inspiring Talk with free admission at The Style by TOYOTA, Siam Square on March 18, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. The seating will be arranged on a first come, first serve basis. For further information, please call the Japan Foundation, Bangkok at 02-260-8560-4 or access to www.jfbkk.or.th

 

Hideki Noda has long been acclaimed as a leading thespian. In 1976, while he was a university student, Noda founded his theatre company called “Yume no Yuminsha” (Deaming Bohemian), which soon became the emblem of the country’s vibrant youth-theatre firmament and the leader of a nationwide cultural movement in the early 1980s. Just as everything seemed to be soaring, though, Noda broke up Yume no Yuminsha and went on to study theatre in London and in 1993, established the theatre company “Noda Map”, which has played to full houses ever since, whether they are small or large-scale venues. His recent theatre credits include The Bee, Red Demon, Oil, Kill, Pandora’s Bell, etc. Despite having been in the forefront of Japanese contemporary drama for so long, Noda has also blossomed in the quite distinct and different fields of opera and Japan’s traditional Kabuki theatre. He has won most of the major drama awards in Japan. He will be Artistic Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in 2009.

 

Pawit Mahasarinand has taught at Chulalongkorn University’s Department of Dramatic Arts since 1992, and written dance and theatre reviews for The Nation newspaper since 2001. A Fulbright scholar and an Asian Cultural Council fellow, he finished his master’s degree in Theatre at Northwestern University and now a PhD candidate in Theatre Practice at the University of Michigan. Back home, he has translated ten European and American plays for professional and university productions. He also staged Mamet’s Oleanna, Handke’s Offending the Audience, Rabe’s A Question of Mercy, Dietz’s Private Eyes, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. His entries in modern Thai theatre can be found in The Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre, published by Greenwood Press.

 

Pradit Prasartthong (TUA)

The director of Makhampom Theatre Group, The Grassroots Media Foundation, Bangkok. Having worked with grassroots communities both rural and urban sector, he has built a network using theatre workshop process and productions as an advocacy to other sector of society, including the concerned artists, students, and middle class communities. He is also the director of the Bangkok Theatre Festival which is hold in November every year.

In the year 2004, the office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) has announced Pradit as the winner of its first Silpathorn Awards in the field of contemporary performing arts.