Cymbeline. Copyright, Takahiro Watanabe
Yukio Ninagawa was an internationally renowned Japanese theatre director best known for his stylish and innovative stage interpretation. Throughout his vast career, Ninagawa was particularly drawn to William Shakespeare's work and presented his fresh take on 26 of the Bard's 37 plays. Ninagawa strove to foster intercultural communication through his visually stunning adaptations and helped audiences both in the UK and around the world rediscover Shakespeare's classics from a new perspective.
Following his recent death in May this year, Yuriko Akishima, a freelance journalist and dramaturg that had worked closely with Ninagawa for decades, will explore the director's achievements in this illustrated talk, drawing on a selection of climatic examples of his Shakespeare productions. With 2016 marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, Akishima will examine how this globally well-known literature has been reinvented and illustrated on the stage through Ninagawa's visionary and challenging work that earned him numerous awards, honours, and fans.