Official Program

Naoko Tanaka

Uninternalized (light)

AllDanceJapan premiereVisual Art

October 20−October 22, 2017North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto


Official Program

Naoko Tanaka

Uninternalized (light)

The shadows in between consciousness and memory, emerging from the choreography of light

Naoko Tanaka has spent over 15 years working in Germany across both the visual and performing arts. Her unique career has encompassed wide-ranging collaborations with such musical talents as Germany’s OVAL and France’s Colleen.

In 2011 she started a trilogy of light and shadow performance-installations, created by controlling various lights and intricately assembling everyday materials in a space. The second part of the trilogy, Absolute Helligkeit (Absolute Luminosity), was previously presented at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2015 but now comes the long-awaited premiere in Japan of the concluding work in a series that has investigated perceptual experiences.

Inventively harnessing the minimal physical phenomena of light and shadow, Unverinnerlicht is the culmination of Tanaka’s fantastical and speculative world. Audiences will be beguiled by its landscapes, narratives, and moments.


October 20 (Fri)17:00-
October 21 (Sat)19:00-
October 22 (Sun)17:00-

Post-performance: October 22
Duration: 50 min.


North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto 13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8342
-10 minutes’ walk from Higashiyama Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line).



Audiences may not enter after the performance has started

Ticket Prices

Adult Advance ¥3,000
Day ¥3,500
Youth , Students Advance ¥2,500
Day ¥3,000
High School Students & Younger Advance ¥1,000
Day ¥1,000
Pair ¥5,500 (advance only)

Youth Tickets: available for those aged up to 25 years old.


Advance tickets on sale from 11:00 / August 8, 2017


Day Tickets

Same day tickets will be available for each performance at the venue box office one hour before the performance starts.

The latest information on ticket availability will be updated below at 11:30am on the day of each performance. We also accept ticket availability inquiries by phone.
Ticket Center: 075-213-0820 (11:00-20:00).



Naoko Tanaka

Naoko Tanaka was born in Tokyo in 1975, and is based in Berlin. After completing a master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1999, she studied at Düsseldorf Art Academy as research fellow for Union Foundation for Ergodesign Culture. In 2001, she founded the art group Ludica in Düsseldorf with the choreographer Morgan Nardi, since when she has created numerous performances and installations fusing performing arts and visual art. In 2010, she started working as a solo artist responsible for everything from the concept to the stage design, direction, sound and performance. As such, she has attracted attention in the typically collaborative field of performing arts for this unique approach whereby the artist herself becomes an installation space as a performer. From 2011 she created spectacular visual worlds with simple materials of light and shadow through a trilogy of performance-installations that expanded and reflected on the actions of looking and appearing. Her work has been invited to such international festivals as Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2015 (Niigata), Implus Dance Festival (Vienna), and Theater Spektakle (Zürich). To date, it has been performed in 15 countries and over 30 cities. In addition to her solo work, she also collaborates with German composer OVAL (Markus Popp).

Naoko Tanaka, Uninternalized (light) © Henryk Weiffenbach

Naoko Tanaka, Uninternalized (light) © Henryk Weiffenbach

Naoko Tanaka, Die Scheinwerferin © Naoko Tanaka

Naoko Tanaka, Die Scheinwerferin © Wiebke Rompel

Naoko Tanaka, Absolute Helligkeit © Henryk Weiffenbach


Concept, stage, sculpture, performance
Naoko Tanaka
Yoshie Shibahara (Alise Michon)
Musical collaboration
Luca Fogagnolo
Dramaturgical collaboration
Adam Czirak
Technical direction, set
Thomas Lehmen
Lighting plan, technics
Felix Grimm
Production management
Barbara Greiner
Produced by
Naoko Tanaka
Co-produced by
Sophiensæle,Berlin |PACT Zollverein,Essen
Supported by
Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities [New Vision – Performing Arts / Gender / Society], Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Kunststiftung NRW, The NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN)
Presented by
Kyoto Experiment


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