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Oct. 9, 2018
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Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 2018 Opens (Oct. 6 – 28, 2018)
This year marks the ninth edition of Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival, a festival of contemporary performing arts generated from Kyoto. The festival this time features a main lineup of 12 productions with a special focus on the work of female artists or artists and companies that identify as female. With ROHM Theatre Kyoto as its main venue, the festival runs from October 6 – 28, 2018.
Among the international artists participating for the first time is Brazilian-born Roberta Lima, who after a research residence in Kyoto since last year presents the world premiere of an installation and performance work inspired by the fermentation process for Japanese sake rice wine. The Wooster Group (U.S.), which for over 40 years since its founding in 1975 has been a leading presence in the New York arts scene, presents The Town Hall Affair, a work based on a historic debate on Women’s Liberation that took place at The Town Hall in New York in 1971 and was documented in a film titled Town Bloody Hall.
Other invited artists include Geumhyung Jeong (S. Korea) and Marlene Monteiro Frietas (Portugal), both bringing Japan-premiere works.
Appearing at Kyoto Experiment for the third time is the female performance unit She She Pop (Germany), this time performing a work on the theme of sex education titled 50 Grades of Shame. Lola Arias returns to Kyoto Experiment for the first time in five years with a work based on the war that occurred between the United Kingdom and her native Argentina in 1982. Returning after an appearance in last year’s festival, Germany-based Japanese artist Naoko Tanaka stages an installation performance in the former imperial villa of the Nijo-jo Castle, which is a World Heritage site.
From Japan, Satoko Ichihara / Q presents two of her representative works; Natsuko Tezuka, a dancer and choreographer who researches traditional arts and rituals, presents a collaborative work with two dancers from Sri Lanka and S. Korea that is part of her Floating Bottle Project. Chikako Yamashiro, who creates photograph and video installations taking as their subject her native Okinawa, presents the work Mud Man that has garnered acclaim in Japan and abroad, along with a new performance work.
In commemoration of the 160th anniversary of relations between France and Japan, and the 60th anniversary of the treaty of friendship between Kyoto and Paris, the festival features several French artists in its program, including performances by Gisèle Vienne /DACM and Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud.
As a related program, there are also the Fringe Open Entry Performances (Oct. 1 – 28). Solicited regardless of genre, 36 works are on the Fringe program and will be performed around the city of Kyoto.