Official Program

Takuya Murakawa

Independent Living

AllTheaterWorld Premiere

October 27−October 29, 2017Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI


Official Program

Takuya Murakawa

Independent Living

An artist known for challenging the conventions of theater explores the reality today of relations between Japan, China and South Korea

The director and video artist Takuya Murakawa incorporates documentary and chance as materials in his work. For Everett Ghost Lines, presented at Kyoto Experiment 2014, Murakawa sent instructions to performers in advance about what to do on stage but had no control on whether they would actually come on the day or not. When indeed performers did not turn up, the audience was left closely observing an empty stage. In this way, it became a talking point for its careful integration of uncertainty.

For his new work at this year’s Kyoto Experiment, Murakawa explores the relationship between Japan, China, and South Korea. These three nations have continued to influence each other historically and culturally. While today there is much discussion about their contested history, politics and territorial disputes, Murakawa avoids tackling these problems head-on at the level of the nation state. Instead, he spent time in the three countries researching and “collecting” the landscapes that lie behind the controversies, and then developed this into a piece of theater. On stage is a room, filled with the sounds of television and information. Performers from each of the three nations appear and talk matter-of-factly about their everyday lives. Out of this landscape emerges a portrait of Japan, China and South Korea today that we do not know.


October 27 (Fri)16:30-
October 28 (Sat)19:00-
October 29 (Sun)16:30-

Post-performance talk: October 29
Duration: ±90 min. (TBD)


Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI 590-1 Tatsumae-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-0912
-5 minutes’ walk south from exit 6 of Imadegawa Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line).



Performed in Japanese, Chinese and Korean with Japanese and English surtitles

Ticket Prices

Adult Advance ¥2,500
Day ¥3,000
Youth , Students Advance ¥2,000
Day ¥2,500
High School Students & Younger Advance ¥1,000
Day ¥1,000
Pair ¥4,500 (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.

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Takuya Murakawa

A theater director and video artist, Takuya Murakawa was born in 1982 and is based in Kyoto. His wide-ranging work emerges from the border between fiction and reality, drawing on documentary and fieldwork approaches in order to explore not only questions of artistic methodology but also the true nature of reality. His major work includes Zeitgeber (Festival/Tokyo 2011 Emerging Artists Program), To the Open Sea (Moving Video Art Festival 2012), words (Festival/Tokyo 2012), Everett Ghost Lines (Kyoto Experiment 2014), and Nation: South Korea (planned by Hansol Yoon, 2016). Zeitgeber has been revived in Japan and overseas, including as part of Japan Syndrome – Art and Politics after Fukushima at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, in 2014. As an Agency for Cultural Affairs 2016 East Asia Cultural Envoy, he has led workshops in Shanghai and Beijing. He is currently a Saison Foundation Junior Fellow.

Takuya Murakawa, Everett Ghost Lines, 2014. Photo by Takashi Horikawa

Takuya Murakawa, Fools speak while wise men listen, 2016.

Takuya Murakawa, Nation: South Korea, 2016. Photo by EEmin


Takuya Murakawa
In co-operation with
Kinosaki International Arts Center (Toyooka City)
Supported by
The Saison Foundation
Produced by
Takuya Murakawa
Co-produced by
Kyoto Experiment
Presented by
Kyoto Experiment