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Oct. 10, 2017
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KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2017 opens (Oct. 14 – Nov. 5, 2017)
KYOTO EXPERIMENT is a contemporary performing arts festival organized in Kyoto. 2017 marks its eighth holding and it will run from Oct. 14 for 23 days, with the ROHM Theatre Kyoto as its main venue. Since Kyoto has been the host city of the Culture City of East Asia program organized by the national governments of Japan, China and South Korea, this festival also programs performances by artists from these three countries along with cultural exchange programs.
The programming of KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2017 is themed around encounters with the “inner other” and consists of a lineup of 12 works. Making his debut at Kyoto Experiment is a German contemporary music composer Heiner Goebbels, presenting the Japan premiere of his signature music theater work Black on White. Also, returning again this year after last year’s appearance is the Trisha Brown Dance Company of the late choreographer Trisha Brown who passed away this March. They will be performing a commemorative program of three works for the theater. And making his third appearance at KYOTO EXPERIMENT is Brazilian choreographer Marcelo Evelin presenting a new work that draws inspiration from Butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata’s book Yameru Maihime (Ailing Dancing Girl).
Also, as part of the program of the Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto, KYOTO EXPERIMENT invites artists from China and South Korea for the first time. Attention focuses here on the countries’ emerging contemporary theater makers. A leading figure in China’s theater scene popular with millennial-generation audiences, the playwright, director and critic Xiaoxing Sun presents his newest work depicting the intrusion of the virtual world into contemporary reality. From South Korea, Minhee Park is a vocalist trained in traditional Korean gagok who performs her own modern adaptations.
From the Japanese artists on the program, attention focuses on a number of world premieres by some of today’s top emerging artists. Currently residing in Argentina since the autumn of last year, playwright and director Yudai Kamisato (Okazaki Art Theatre) presents a new work based on material gathered there. The director and video artist Takuya Murakawa presents a new work based on research in China and South Korea. Also, sculptor Teppei Kaneuji teams with actor Izumi Aoyagi and others to present a work for the stage. Other works include among others four-time participant in this festival sound artist Ryoji Ikeda and a research project conducts primarily by designers and architects titled researchlight.
Also, as a new experimental feature this time, the festival holds The Children’s Choice Awards, a participatory project planned and directed by the Canadian company Mammalian Diving Reflex, in which children will give original award to participating artists. And there will be a fringe program run simultaneously with some 31 works programed.