Exhibition contents

Exhibition contents

01 Ancient Greek Theatre and Ancient Roman Theatre
02 Mystery Play in Medieval Europe
03 Italian Renaissance Theatre
04 English Renaissance Theatre (Shakespeare’s Theatre)
05 Opera house
06 Asian Traditional Theatre
07 Japanese Traditional Theatre
10 History of SPAC’s theatre

Welcome to MM THEATRON!
Theater is like a pair of binoculars

 You may have seen large binoculars that start working when you insert a coin, in sightseeing spots like Tokyo Tower or Tsutenkaku Tower in Japan, or at some other observation decks with an awesome view. As you insert the coin, you hear a clicking sound and the shutter opens. A townscape that seemed like an aerial photo to your naked eye will gradually come closer to you, letting you feel the warmth of the people. Once you realize that human activities are taking place there, the town seems like a film location.

 MM THEATRON is a museum that displays various places around the world, using binoculars called “theater.” The world that you caught a glimpse of in history or geography textbooks may feel far away. However, if you look through the binoculars we provide here, a drama instantly begins to unfold.
 And if you walk around this small museum, you will be able to go around the world from the aspect of “theater.” You could even say that MM THEATRON enables you to go “Around the World in 80 Minutes or Less,” instead of going “Around the World in 80 Days.”

 Travel is often likened to a book. This museum also intends to show new scenery every time you go back to it, just like a book. Just like a theater play, we are trying to bring the exhibition alive, as if you can hear people breathing.
 Relax and enjoy a moment away from your daily life.

General Artistic Director
MIYAGI Satoshi

MIYAGI Satoshi
Born in Tokyo in 1959, after studying aesthetics at Tokyo University under ODASHIMA Yushi, WATANABE Moriaki and HIDAKA Hachiro, he founded the KU NA’ UKA theatre company in 1990 and soon began staging plays overseas as well as in Japan. As a result, Miyagi’s work — in which he often fuses contemporary textual interpretations with physical techniques and patterns of Asian theatre — has long been acclaimed both at home and far beyond. Indeed, in 2004 he received the 3rd Asahi Performing Arts Award, and the next year the 2nd Asahi Beer Art Award. Since taking up his position with SPAC in April 2007, Miyagi has staged many of his own works — including “Medea”, the Hindu epic “Mahabharata”, and “Peer Gynt” — and has invited artists from abroad to present pieces casting a keen eye on the modern world as they see it. In line with his aim to make theatre “a window to the world,” he has also started a new SPAC-based project aimed at the youth of Shizuoka. In 2014, Miyagi was invited to the Festival d’Avignon, where he received excellent reviews for his open-air version of the Hindu epic “Mahabharata” staged in La Carrière de Bourbon. Following that landmark achievement, the festival extended the honor of inviting Miyagi to present a Buddhist interpretation he created of the ancient Greek mythological tragedy “Antigone” as its super-prestigious opening program for 2017. On that occasion, which was the first time an Asian play had ever been selected to launch the festival, Miyagi’s exalted “stage” was the open-air Cour d’honneur du Palais des papes (the Honor Court of the Palace of Popes). By the play’s end, those towering medieval stone walls were ringing out with long and splendid standing ovations welcoming the work’s director and creator along with SPAC’s actors and staff — while more than 60 European media all gave great reviews. In 2018, he received the 68th Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize of Drama. Also he recieved “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” from the Ministry of Culture of France in 2018.

Superviser / Text
SHIMIZU Hiroyuki
Professor emeritus of Nagoya University. He specializes in architectural planning and urban and regional planning, and was engaged in many public cultural facilities projects, including the New National Theatre, Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Sai-no-Kuni Saitama Arts Theater, Setagaya Public Theater, Aichi Arts Center, Yuda Culture Creation Hall, and Ishigaki Civic Hall. He contributed to improving the design level through proposals on creative-type facilities and by stressing the need for stage engineers to participate in designing. He also coordinated many public cultural facilities projects in which citizens participated. His main works include Gekijo No Kozu [Composition of a Theater], Nijyu-Isseiki No Chiiki Gekijo [Regional Theaters in the 21st Century], Newly Revised Arts Management, and Kokyo Bunka Shisetsu No Mirai Wo Egaku [Drawing the Picture for the Future of Public Cultural Facilities].