Official Program

Naoko Tanaka


AllJapan PremiereVisual Art

10.13−10.16, 2018Nijo-jo Castle


A clock of light goes around, as if stroking traces of history
A story of perception woven out of silent objects

With a background as a visual artist, Naoko Tanaka has forged her own original field through the format of installation performances. Uninternalized (light), the final part of a trilogy she developed from 2011, was staged at Kyoto Experiment last year and stunned audiences with its serene yet powerful expression that used light and shadow. This new work, STILL LIVES, is a collaboration with Yoshie Shibahara, a performer and choreographer similarly based in Germany. Its title connotes two meanings: still-life painting and the idea of “It still lives.”

The performance is strongly linked to the individuality of its location, the former imperial villa of Nijo Castle, which is a World Heritage Site and symbol of Japanese modernization. Through her work, Tanaka brings dialogue to this space where so much has happened over the course of its long history. A plastic membrane makes noises like waves, while light that moves like a clock casts shadows. Carried furniture somehow seems chipped or warped. Tanaka does not apply the rules of a traditional and comprehensible structure in her work. She waits for the narrative of minute perceptions to rise up within each and every thing we see.



October 13 (Sat)20:00-
October 14 (Sun)17:30- / 20:00-
October 15 (Mon)19:00-*
October 16 (Tue)19:00-

* Post-performance talk
Details will be announced at a later date.
Duration: 70min.


Nijo-jo Castle 1 Higashisakura-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0858
-12 minutes’ walk from Exit 3, Jingu-Marutamachi or Demachiyanagi Station (both stations Keihan Railway)



Audiences may not enter after the performance has started.
No audiences below preschool age.

Ticket Prices

Adult Advance ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
Youth, Students Advance ¥2,500 / Day ¥3,000
High School Students & Younger Advance and Day both ¥1,000
Pair ¥5,500 (Advance Only)

Youth Tickets: available for those aged 25 and under.



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 (11:00-19:00).



Naoko Tanaka

Photo by Henryk Weiffenbach

Naoko Tanaka studied painting and fine art at the Tokyo University of the Arts (MFA) and moved to Germany in 1999 with a scholarship from the Arts Academy of Düsseldorf. In 2001, she co-founded the artist collective Ludica, with whom she has been creating stage performances and dance installations. In 2011, Naoko Tanaka staged her first solo piece Die Scheinwerferin, the first part of her Shadow Trilogy, in which she took responsibility for the concept, the stage, sound creation and performance. With her own stage productions, Naoko Tanaka creates a specific artistic language, in which choreography and visual art are intimately related. Using simple tools like light and shadow, she creates artistic worlds in which she investigates visual phenomena and – also quite personal – conceptions of seeing. Her installation format and site-specific works have been presented at different international art festivals among others in Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015. Die Scheinwerferin was awarded by ImPuls – Vienna International Dance Festival and Theater Spektakel (Zurich). Besides her artistic work Naoko Tanaka gives lectures and runs workshops, for example at the next festival in BUDA in Belgium, at the Theatre Festival Favoriten 2014 in Dortmund and at the Institute of Theatre Studies, Leipzig University. She lives and works in Berlin.

Photo by Henryk Weiffenbach

Photo by Henryk Weiffenbach

Photo by Henryk Weiffenbach

Photo by Henryk Weiffenbach

Photo by Henryk Weiffenbach


Concept, Installation, Performance: Naoko Tanaka
Artistic Collaboration and Performance:Yoshie Shibahara
Collaboration Realization Objects: Thomas Lehmen, Andreas Harder
Technical Support & Sound design: Felix Grimm
Collaboration Décor: Christopher Platz
Dramaturgical Collaboration: Adam Czirak
Production & PR: Barbara Greiner
A production by Naoko Tanaka
In coproduction with PACT Zollverein Essen, Kyoto Experiment and SOPHIENSÆLE.
In cooperation with Luxoom Lab Berlin.
Funded by Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities [New Vision – Performing Arts / Gender / Society], Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Kunststiftung NRW.
Presented by Kyoto Experiment