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Sep. 28, 2012
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KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2012 begins (Sept. 22 – Oct. 28, 2012)
Now in its third holding as a performing arts festival from Kyoto, the KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2012 presents a schedule of 11 works from the six countries of Japan, Brazil, Germany, Iceland, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The main works on the program are mostly joint productions and diversity is another focus, with music and art productions regular features of each festival.
As the result of an international collaboration program that began last year between Kyoto Experiment and Brazil’s Panorama Festival, the festival’s founder, choreographer Lia Rodrigues leads her company to Kyoto for the Japanese premiere of POROROCA. Also, Tadasu Takamine follows up on last year’s installation of photographs and videos he gathered in Brazil with the world premiere of the new performance work Japan Syndrome - step2 Inside of the ball he has created in a Kyoto residence workshop with performers he has invited from Brazil.
From Kyoto, locally based company Chiten appears for the third consecutive year with its first children’s play, a production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes directed by Motoi Miura and based on a script by Akito Inui, the director of Tetsuwari Albatrossket (Crack Iron Albatrossket). Kunio Sugihara and his company KUNIO will present an adaptation of Sarachi (Vacant Lot), a masterpiece of Shogo Ota, Sugihara’s late mentor at Kyoto University of Arts and Design, with appearances by Aki Takeda (Gyoto) and Hitoe Okubo (Ikeume). Both of these are collaborative productions with the festival.
This year, domestic and overseas music and art creators come to Kyoto Experience. From overseas, Singapore-born media artist Ka Fai Choy comes with a style that runs electric current through the bodies of dancers to control their movements and presents two works, including Notion: Dance Fiction that reproduce choreography by Pina Bausch and [Butoh pioneer] Tatsumi Hijikata. The performance unit Lazyblood from Iceland with choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir composer and Valdimar Jóhannsson bring the punk music band Reykjavík! to well-known clubs in Kyoto for performances propelled by live music. Also, Scotland’s Billy Cowie presents a video installation running throughout the festival in which the audience views videos of dance performances through stereographic glasses. Also, in two cross-disciplinary works from Japan, Ryoji Ikeda presents an audio-visual concert and ASA-CHANG & Junray present a music and dance work.
Also on the program is a collaboration DANCE BOX (NPO) that has been a leading presence in the contemporary dance scene of Western Japan and has run its Junkan Project seeking theatrical expression beyond the boundaries of the able bodied and disabled, and the Berlin-based Theater Thikwa; and the Tokyo-based theater company Potudo-ru restaging its wordless theater work Castle of Dreams that created a sensation at the time of its 2006 premiere.
There will also be a fringe project based on a concept of director Kunio Sugihawa to have young artists present their works in succession. Eight groups will participate in this project presenting a variety of performances at the former Rissei Elementary School over a period of three weeks. During the festival there will also be numerous lectures, forums exhibitions and other affiliated events.

Festival Information
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 Arts and Culture Association and the Performing Arts Studies Center of Kyoto University of Arts and Design. 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.