“The greatest quest in life is to reach one’s potential.”
This is one of my favorite sayings.

This year, the theme of Kyoto Experiment is “Encounters with the Inner Other.” For the artists appearing at the festival, the great quest in life has been exploring who they are while continuing to create. And I am sure that the works they make will also invite all the audiences on the quest and move them immensely.

I would like to express my gratitude to Naoto Moriyama and the other members of the Executive Committee as well as all those who have made such efforts to organize this wonderful festival.

For its eighth edition, Kyoto Experiment welcomes artists from China and South Korea for the first time in partnership with Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto, which deepens exchange between Japan, China and South Korea through cultural events. I am so pleased that Kyoto Experiment evolves and develops each year, continuing to produce new creativity and interchange.

Alongside the Agency for Cultural Affairs, which has now fully relocated to our city, Kyoto is determined to revitalize Japan and contribute to the world through the power of culture with initiatives such as this festival. I hope that we may receive the support of those who love culture and the arts.

Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto

Thanks to the continued support of our audiences and partners, Kyoto Experiment will be held for the eighth time.

All manner of “events” take place in the world. Ours is an art-oriented event, but what does this actually mean?

I believe that superb entertainment is absolutely necessary for the world. But what “entertainment” means here is not something that simply makes us laugh a lot or has a story that is easy to understand, but rather the importance of immediate effectiveness and volume. That is, how can we release as many people as possible from this anguish or suffering right away?

In this regard, no matter how superb it is as entertainment, “superb art” will gradually and diligently appeal to the complex dimensions of human life that cannot be easily resolved. And here is where lies the difference between the orientation and roles of art and entertainment. For our event, it is the problems of time and quality that is important. It is regretful, however, that these two things are today the most frequently forgotten.

We take time to re-examine our qualities. And there are cases when our qualities may gradually change over time.

No matter how negative the world may seem, we continue to possess the wisdom and courage to trust in human ability. Following our previous festivals, Kyoto Experiment 2017 will keep putting its money on being such a place.

Naoto Moriyama
Chairman, Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee

Organized by

Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee

  • Kyoto City
  • ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)
  • Kyoto Art Center (Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation)
  • Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design
  • ROHM Theatre Kyoto
  • Kyoto Art Center
  • Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design

Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee

Naoto Moriyama (Theater Critic / Senior Researcher of Kyoto Performing Arts Center / Executive Committee Member, Kyoto Art Center)
Vice Chairman
Koichiro Fujii (Senior Director, Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)
Committee Members
Fumio Amano (Professor, Director of Kyoto Performing Arts Center)
Tetsuya Ozaki (Editor / Editor-in-Chief of REALKYOTO)
Yota Kageyama (Theater Manager / Exective Director, ROHM Theatre Kyoto)
Motoaki Shinohara (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University)
Ritsue Hata (Editorial committee member of Arts and Cultural News Department, Osaka head office of The Mainichi Newspapers)
Yayoi Yamazaki (Secretary-General of Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation)
Kumiko Yoshioka (Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau of Kyoto City, Culture and Art Planning Section Unit Head)
Hiroshi Yoshioka (Aesthetician / Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)
Masatoshi Akiyama (Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau of Kyoto City, Culture and Art Planning Section Head)
Masaya Makita (Manager, Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation / ROHM Theatre Kyoto)

Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee Office

Program Director
Yusuke Hashimoto
Executive Director
Junko Kakiwaki
Miwako Inoue, Shunsuke Kadowaki, Nagara Wada
Public Relations
Juliet Reiko Knapp, Masako Tago, Yoshimi Toyoyama
Production Coordinators
Eriko Kamimura, Yoko Kawasaki (SAYATEI), Eri Shibata
[ROHM Theatre Kyoto] Azumi Komoto, Kanon Matsumoto, Moemi Nagi, Yukako Ogura, Tomoya Takeda
[Kyoto Art Center] Meiko Horikoshi, Maiko Okumura
[Kyoto Performing Arts Center] Ryo Ide, Miho Kawahara
Technical Coordinators
Kyoka Arisawa, Masaya Natsume, Nobuaki Oshika, So Ozaki
Midori Koyama, Ai Nishimura, Mayu Takahashi
Document Coordinator
Atsushi Takeuchi
Japanese translation from English
Yuki Itai
English translation from Japanese
William Andrews
Art Direction
Yuma Harada (UMA/design farm)
Keisuke Yamazoe (UMA/design farm)
Web Direction
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Web Design
Kento Yoshida (prigraphics)
Web Programming / Web Coding
Yoshitaka Gonsoku (so design)
Advisory Board
Naoko Kogo (Dance Critic / Director of dance+ / Research Associate at School of Letters, Osaka University)
Reiko Hagihara (Kyoto Art Center)