This year, in its 5th holding as a performing arts festival in Kyoto, the KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2014 presents a schedule of 11 works focusing on artists who will lead the next generation and cutting-edge experimental works (five of which are collaborative productions initiated by the festival).
Invited foreign works this time come from the four countries of Argentina, France, Germany and the USA, with three of the four works coming as Japan premieres. The New York-based playwright and director Tina Satter and the company Half Straddle she directs present House of Dance
, a work that explores the inner lives of people studying at a tap dance studio. Buenos Aires based Colombian choreographer, Luis Garay introduces his solo work Maneries
and the group work Mental Activity
. Appearing from Berlin for the second consecutive year in the festival, She She Pop and their own mothers focus on the subject of female sacrifice in the family and in society in a work titled THE RITE OF SPRING — by She She Pop and Their Mothers
. Also, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea present for the first time in Japan’s Kansai region Say Yes To Another Excess – TWERK
, a raving and energetic dance piece, as if a night at a club is taking place on stage.
From Japan, appearing on the official program for the first time are the new-generation artists contact Gonzo
, Takuya Murakawa and Akumanoshirushi. The work xapaxnannan: Our Future Sports
presented by contact Gonzo in the huge Nishikyogoku soccer stadium with a seating capacity of 20,000 is an attempt to combine performance, sports and live action. The visual artist Tadasu Takamine
presents a stage work that represents the conclusion of a three-year project begun in 2011. Other program participants include Kinoshita-Kabuki
, a company seeking a new contemporary understanding of Kabuki, presents their new work Sanninkichisa
; Chiten presents a repeat performance of the acclaimed work Kein Licht (No Light)
referencing the original text by Elfriede Jelinek, the Austrian Nobel Prize-winner, as an homage to the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Also, visual artist Teppei Kaneuji presents and exhibition and life event. Many of these works are co-productions with KYOTO EXPERIMENT.
During the festival there will also be a fringe program presenting the works of 25 artists and groups gathered through open entries to perform at venues around the City of Kyoto and its vicinity, while a program of artist/audience exchange will also be held at meeting points in four cafes near the main venue.
Taking “KYOTO EXPERIMENT” as its catch phrase, this is an international festival launched in 2010 with the aim of presenting cutting-edge performing arts from Kyoto, Japan and the world. The festival is organized by a committee made up of representatives from the Kyoto Municipal Government, the Kyoto Art Center, the Kyoto City Association for Arts and Culture, the Kyoto Performing Arts Center of Kyoto University of Arts and Design and the Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation. With the Kyoto Art Center as its main base, each festival presents about ten invited works from Japan and abroad at main theaters in the city along with a program of lectures, workshops and other events. Since the festival’s founding, the program director has been Yusuke Hashimoto.