Launched in 2010, KYOTO EXPERIMENT is a performing arts festival that has been held each year in the autumn. In its sixth holding, the festival is being held in March in light of the reopening of the Rohm Theatre Kyoto in January 2016 after renovations (former Kyoto Kaikan).
The festival’s official program has a lineup of 11 works. On the programs will be early works by Trisha Brown, who has continued to exert an influence on dance since her emergence in the 1960s as a pioneer of postmodern dance, and there will also be performances by Dairaudakan and Yukichi Matsumoto who have been leaders in the performing arts of Japan since the 1970s, in a program that explores the roots of contemporary performing arts. Also to be presented are chiten
’s new work Sports Play
based on the play by Elfriede Jelinek, while chelfitsch
will perform its new work Time’s Journey Through a Room
, and composer Tomomi Adachi and contact Gonzo
collaborate to present a new piece Teslan Run
. From overseas, presenting Japan premiers will be Singapore-born, Berlin-based Choi Ka Fai, French choreographers Boris Charmatz and David Wampach and, appearing in Japan for the first time, the leading new talent from Chile, Manuela Infante.
Also, as a new experiment, the research project “researchlight” will be presented as a project that shows possibilities of re-organizing the streets of Kyoto from the standpoint of design and architecture. During the festival’s run, there will also be showcases organized by new curators and the open-entry Fringe program.
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, Rohm Theatre Kyoto, the Kyoto City Association for Arts and Culture, the Kyoto Art Center, the Kyoto Arts and Cultural Foundation and the Kyoto Performing Arts Center of Kyoto University of Arts and Design. Until this year, the festival has been held each year in the autumn, but in 2015 the autumn festival was postponed until spring of 2016 to coincide with the reopening of the Rohm Theatre Kyoto in January 2016 after renovations (former Kyoto Kaikan). With this theatre as its main venue, and other venues around the city including Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto Performing Arts Center Shunjuza, ALTI Art Live Theatre International, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and others, the festival presents 11 works from Japan and abroad along with a program of lectures, workshops and other events. Since the festival’s founding, the program director has been Yusuke Hashimoto.