Heijo Palace Site / SPAC – Shizuoka Performing Arts Center


Heijo Palace Site / SPAC
Photographer : Hioki Masami

A Play Celebrating the Explosion of Asian Power
A most beautiful love story derived from the ancient Indian epic verse, “Mahābhārata – The Adventure of Nala” is magnificently staged in this play. Each of their performances at Festival d’Avignon, received standing ovations. With its 360 degree “ring-shaped” stage surrounding the audience, Mahābhārata will finally arrive in Nara.


SPAC – Shizuoka Performing Arts Center
Title Mahābhārata – The Adventure of Nala
Venue Heijo Palace Site (Chodoin, Higashi-ku, Nara City)
Performance dates From September 9 (Fri.) to 12 (Mon.)
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Performances start at 6:30 p.m.
Performance Duration Approximately 110 minutes
Staff Director: Satoshi Miyagi, Playwright: Azumi Kubota, Music: Hiroko Tanakawa, Space Composition: Junpei Kiz
Profile The first group to conduct public cultural programs in Japan in which actors/actresses and technical and production staff for theater performances are based at an exclusive theater and practice site.  The purpose of their projects are not only the creation and performance of works, but introducing superior theater arts and nurturing artists in the performing arts field.  Their full-scale activities started in 1997 under its first General Director of Art, Mr. Tadashi Suzuki.  Mr. Satoshi Miyagi took over the General Director’s position in 2007 and has been expanding the center’s programs.  In 2014, the world renowned French theater festival, “Festival d’Avignon” invited “Mahābhārata” directed by Satoshi Miyagi as their formal program, gaining great admiration.
Official website

Ticket Information

Admission: 5,500 yen for general audience members, 3,000 yen for those 25 years of age or younger
*SPAC/ISHINHA set ticket: 10,000 yen (Sales begin in August)
Ticket Sales begin on July 23 (Sat.)
Tickets are planned to be sold at ticket agencies and through the website


  • Performing venue of Mahābhārata in Avignon - Photo by Ryota Atarashi
    Performing venue of “Mahābhārata” in Avignon – Photo by Ryota Atarashi