Sifa 2019: At 80, theatre doyen Tadashi Suzuki can't sit still

Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki is back at the Victoria Theatre to stage an adaptation of a 2,000-year-old classic by 5th century BC playwright Euripides, for the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki is back at the Victoria Theatre to stage an adaptation of a 2,000-year-old classic by 5th century BC playwright Euripides, for the Singapore International Festival of Arts.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

SINGAPORE - A month before his 80th birthday, Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki moves briskly around the stage of the Victoria Theatre, fixing lights and adjusting actor positions.

"I'm not one of those directors who just sits there feeling cold," he says in Japanese, in a playful dig at members of his Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), whom he chastises for "sitting still and thinking".

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