Official Program

Lola Arias


AllJapan PremiereTheater

10.26−10.28, 2018Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza


Bringing former war enemies together on the same stage, a master of documentary theater inquires into the gap between reality and fiction

Five years on from her appearance at Kyoto Experiment with Melancholy and Demonstrations, based on the diary of her own mother, which comically depicted the disputes within families and between individuals and the nation-state or history, Kyoto welcomes the return of Lola Arias, an artist whose striking practice extends across theater as well as film, music,literature and visual art. This play features six people: a special needs teacher, a member of a Beatles tribute band, a counselor for ex-servicemen, a security guard, a criminal attorney, and a champion triathlete. Though today they lead completely separate lives, there is one thing that they share. They are all veterans who fought in the Falklands War (Malvinas War), a territorial conflict in 1982 between the UK and Argentina. These veterans from opposing sides of the war revisit their memories in a space resembling a film set, almost as if they have been teleported back to the past in a time machine. What actually is a veteran? A survivor of a cruel conflict? A hero? Or a madman? What will we find in the overlapping zone between reality and fiction?


October 26 (Fri)19:30-
October 27 (Sat)14:00-◎*
October 28 (Sun)14:00-

◎ Childcare service available. Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Office for more information.
* Post-performance talk
Details will be announced at a later date.
Duration: 95 min.


Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza 2-116 Uryuyama Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8271
-From Kitaoji Station (Municipal Subway Karasuma Line), take the Kyoto City Bus 204 towards “Takano / Ginkakuji” and alight at “Kamihatecho Kyoto Zoukei Geidai-mae”.



Performed in English and Spanish with Japanese and English surtitles


Audiences under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Ticket Prices

Adult Advance ¥3,500 / Day ¥4,000
Youth, Students Advance ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
High School Students & Younger Advance and Day both ¥1,000
Pair ¥6,500 (Advance Only)

Youth Tickets: available for those aged 25 and under.



Day Tickets

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Ticket Center: 075-213-0820 (11:00-19:00).



Lola Arias

Photo by Catalina Bartolomé

Born in 1976 Buenos Aires, Lola Arias is a writer, theatre director, visual artist and performer. She collaborates with people from a wide range of different backgrounds (including war veterans, former communists, Bulgarian children) in theatre, literature, music, film and art projects. Her productions play with the overlap between reality and fiction and since 2007 she has developed her work in the field of documentary theatre. As well as staging numerous theatre works she directed the feature film Theatre of war (2018), has created several urban intervention projects with Stefan Kaegi and together with Ulises Conti, composes and plays music. She has also published poetry, fiction and plays. Her works have been presented at festivals including Lift Festival, Under the radar, Berlinale; and in venues such as Theatre de la Ville, Walker Art Centre and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This year Arias was awarded the Frankfurt Author’s Award for her work MINEFIELD.


To be published at a later date.