Chiten “Kein Licht. (No Light.)” Theater|KYOTO Kansai premiere 10/18-10/19

  • photo: Hisaki Matsumoto

    photo: Hisaki Matsumoto

  • photo: Hisaki Matsumoto

    photo: Hisaki Matsumoto

A landscape woven by voice, light and bodies.
Does it proclaim the end? Or hope?

Launching their studio UNDER-THROW in Kitashirakawa, Kyoto and presenting their work on a regular basis, Chiten has not only established a distinct style of performance and its own ticketing system, but also speaks to an international audience directly from Kyoto – as if it’s their manifesto on the public nature of theater. For their fourth appearance at Kyoto Experiment, instead of premiering new work as it did the last three years, Chiten introduces a piece shown at Festival/Tokyo 12, the critically acclaimed Kein Licht. While the original text is written by Elfriede Jelinek, the Austrian Nobel Prize-winner, as an homage to 3.11, Chiten reinterprets it in their own particular theatrical vernacular, a unique style of language which has been described as “Chitenese”.

Being a rare example of Chiten working with a contemporary text, the work questions the boundary between the voice of the actors and the voice of the dead – where the agency lies. Together with a live “sound machine” by Masahiro Miwa and space designed by Junpei Kiz, an overwhelmingly intense environment where sound/voice/body countervail each other emerges. The light of enlightenment leading to a state in which there is no light of hope. What we see on stage is beyond our imagination.


10/ 18 (Sat) 19:00-
19 (Sun) 14:00-

※Theater reception opens 1h prior to the performance

※Same day ticket sales will be start 1h prior to the performance


Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
(Kyoto University of Art and Design)

2-116, Uryuyama Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

*From Kitaoji Station, Kyoto Municipal Subway, take No.204 City Bus bound for Ginkakuji and get off at Kamihatecho Kyoto Zokei Univ.

Post-performance Talk

10/18 (Sat) 19:00-
10/19 (Sun) 19:00-




Performed in Japanese


Children under school age are not accepted into the theaters.


Adult Adv. ¥3,500 / Day ¥4,000
Youth, Student Adv. ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
Senior Adv. ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
High School Student
and Younger
Adv. ¥1,000 / Day ¥1,000
Pair ¥6,000(Advance only)

Youth tickets → Up to 25
Senior tickets → 65 & Up
*Reserved Seating

Available from August 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m.