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Kyoto Experiment 2023

The 14th "KYOTO EXPERIMENT Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 2023" will be held from Saturday, September 30th.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - Sunday, October 22, 2023
ROHM Theater Kyoto, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza, THEATER E9 KYOTO, Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art, etc.

"KYOTO EXPERIMENT Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival", which started in 2010, will be held from September 30th (Sat) to October 22nd (Sun), 2023 at ROHM Theater Kyoto, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza, THEATER. It will be held at E9 KYOTO, Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art, and other venues.

A press conference was held at Rohm Theater Kyoto in July, where co-directors Yoko Kawasaki, Yuya Tsukahara, Juliet Reiko Knapp, and other participating artists took to the stage to introduce the theme and program.

The theme for this year's 14th edition is "Mazemaze." Knapp says, ``As I thought about ideas such as language (including body language), inheritance, and identity, I realized that these concepts do not capture a single sense of authenticity, but instead are a mixture of various values and cultural phenomena.'' The director team discussed the fact that our identities are shaped by our state of affairs.Even when we think about our own identities and the languages we speak every day, they are constantly changing. ``I thought that by expressing this in words, we could gain a perspective on what the existing standards and correctness are in society, and how they are formed.'' .

It was also announced that there will be three programs that will make up the festival.
The first is ``Kansai Studies (Research Program),'' a program in which students consciously grasp the ``region'' in which they are based and explore it through fieldwork.
The second program is ``Shows,'' a program that welcomes cutting-edge artists from around the world and presents performing arts works that are noteworthy today.
The third program is ``Super Knowledge for the Future,'' a program that connects experimental performing arts works and society through dialogue and workshops to gain perspectives on the future, such as new thinking, dialogue, and posing fresh questions. SKF] (Exchange Program).

Tatsuki Imamura, Ryuichi Tani, Tara Nosaki, Eriko Mukai, and Junya Yamada participated in "Kansai Studies" as research members. Mukai, who attended the press conference, commented, ``This time, I'm researching water holes in Kansai such as Lake Biwa and Port Island.I want to continue making small, trivial things.'' Yamada, who is usually active in plays, said, ``I live in Tajima, and when I started researching the graves in the mountains, I came across the mysterious legend of Prince Shotoku.''I realized that there are many records that are on the verge of being forgotten. I understand, I want to research that kind of culture,'' he said with enthusiasm.

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"Shows" include Lee Ran, chelfitsch, Wichaya Artamat, Alice Ripoll, Back to Back Theatre, Shota Yamauchi & Maki Ueda, Ayaka Nakama, Ruth Childs & Lucinda Childs, Eleven artists are participating, including Dana Michelle, Mariano Pensotti, and Samson Yang. Korean artist Lee Ran, who participated in the press conference, will give an audio performance set in the Higashikujo area. "The setting of this work is that a person from somewhere other than Earth lands in Higashikujo, shakes off his or her original knowledge and preconceptions, and evaluates the unfamiliar place from 1 to 10. This is a story about trying to feel things again.What I want to talk about the most in this story is one of human characteristics, weakness.Weakness is the reason why we feel that something is different from us, and we are afraid. Furthermore, I would like to convey the characteristics of hating and attacking someone.If I can reevaluate the characteristics of humans and human society from scratch as a non-human being, I can live in a more interesting way with strangers who are not me. I think that's the case,'' he said, expressing his thoughts.

The ``Super Knowledge for the Future [SKF] (Exchange Program)'' will feature screenings, talk shows, walking tours, and workshops, so it's a chance to get even closer to the performing arts.

There will also be a meeting point that will serve as the festival's exchange hub and information center, as well as the fringe "More Experiments," so please feel free to stop by.

KYOTO EXPERIMENT Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 2023

  • Kyoto Experiment Kyoto Koku Saibutai Gejutsusai 2023
  • ROHM Theater Kyoto, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza, THEATER E9 KYOTO, Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art, etc.
  • Saturday, September 30, 2023 - Sunday, October 22, 2023
  • Price/Single ticket for each performance 2,000 yen to 5,000 yen
    Ticket for 3 performances: 8,700 yen, student ticket for 3 performances: 6,900 yen, ticket for "LOS AÑOS" + 2 performances: 9,800 yen
    The schedule for each performance isherefrom
  • Inquiries/KYOTO EXPERIMENT Ticket Center 075-213-0820 (Weekdays 11:00-19:00)
  • https://kyoto-ex.jp/
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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