Official Program

Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre

The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso

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November 3−November 5, 2017Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center


Official Program

Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre

The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso

A world premiere by an acclaimed and border-crossing playwright, shaped by his time in Buenos Aires

Three-time Kishida Kunio Drama Award nominee Yudai Kamisato was born in Peru and brought up in Kanagawa Prefecture. His work, which has attracted acclaim also from the literary world, explores his own identity as well as wider political and social issues through a unique theatrical language. Based in Buenos Aires since last October, Kamisato wrote this new play and recruited performers locally to stage it in Spanish.

It interweaves episodes of migration and death collected by Kamisato on his recent travels around Oceania, Ogasawara, Okinawa and Latin America. Immersing himself in these foreign lands and languages, Kamisato turns his attention to human migration, cultural assimilation and the relationship between the state and the individual for this dynamic and highly anticipated expedition into new territory.


November 3 (Fri)19:30-【Sold Out】
November 4 (Sat)14:30-【Sold Out】
November 5 (Sun)13:00-

Post-performance talk: November 4
Duration: 85 min.


Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center 546-2 Yamabushiyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8156
-5 minutes’ walk from exits 22 and 24 of Shijo Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line) and Karasuma Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line).



Performed in Spanish 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 25 and under.


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).



Yudai Kamisato

Born in Peru in 1982, Yudai Kamisato is based in Tokyo and Kawasaki. He is a director and playwright, and the head of Okazaki Art Theatre. His plays explore issues such as immigration and labor, the relationship between individuality and nationality, and communication in the world today. He won the award for best director at the Toga Directors Contest in 2006. His plays Haircut-san (2006), black coffee (not for drinking) (2013), and +51 Aviación, San Borja (2015) were nominated for the Kishida Kunio Drama Award. +51 Aviación, San Borja has been performed in Japan as well as at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and Festival d’Automne à Paris in France. He made his debut as a novelist in 2013 and has been staying in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since October 2016 on an overseas research grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs. His record of this residency is published online on Realkyoto (

Okazaki Art Theatre

Founded in 2003 to stage the work of playwright and director Yudai Kamisato, Okazaki Art Theatre has evolved a unique output mixing the vibrant colors and linguistic sensibilities of South America with the artifice of Kawasaki’s planned communities. It staged productions at Festival/Tokyo three years in a row from 2010 to 2012. It also frequently tours overseas. Hemispherical Red and Black (2011) was presented at Taipei Arts Festival in 2012. In 2016, +51 Aviación, San Borja (2015) was presented at Sydney Festival in Australia, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Belgium, and Festival d’Automne à Paris in France.

Photo by Yudai Kamisato

Okazaki Art Theatre, +51 Aviación, San Borja, 2015. Photo by Yuta Fukitsuka

Okazaki Art Theatre, Isla ! Isla ! Isla ! , 2016. Photo by Yuta Fukitsuka


Text and direction
Yudai Kamisato
Martín Tchira, Martín Piroyansky, Marina Sarmiento, Eduardo Fukushima
Masashi Nomura
Gonzalo Robledo
Set design
dot architects
Chie Ohno
Ryoya Fudetani
Bunsho Nishikawa
Stage manager
Ayumu Okubo (KWAT)
Rehearsal Interpreter
Yoichi Tajiri
Production coordinator
Yoko Kawasaki
Produced by
Kyoto Experiment
Presented by
Kyoto Experiment


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