“Man is both creature and moulder of his environment.” It is with these opening words that the 1972 Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment encapsulates the relationship between mankind and the environment. Exploring the theme of “Échos-monde: The Age of Ecology” and bringing together pioneering artists from Japan and overseas, this festival will endeavor to embody a new kind of relationship between humanity and the environment.

As one of the organizers, it gives me great pleasure that Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival, having pursued its titular experiments since 2010, now arrives at the milestone of its tenth edition with another impressive program of events. I would like here to express my deep gratitude to Chairman Naoto Moriyama and the other members of the Executive Committee as well as all the people involved for their tireless efforts in organizing the festival.

We have now entered the Reiwa era, so named to convey “culture born and nurtured as people’s hearts are beautifully drawn together.” I will continue striving to ensure that Kyoto Experiment attracts further attention around the world and becomes a rich soil from which new culture can grow.

In closing, I would like to express my hope that this festival proves a truly fruitful experience for audiences and visitors.

Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto

We have reached our tenth edition.

It surely goes without saying that the festival could only continue for such a long time thanks to the warm and robust support it has received from our artists and audiences as well as our peers and colleagues. As the 2019 festival opens, I would first and foremost like to express my sincere gratitude for this.

In this milestone year, the festival also has another venue: Theatre E9 Kyoto. Overcoming the crisis we faced in the region as long-running fringe theaters closed one after the other, the way the private sector could come together to help open this new base for carrying on the artistic and cultural traditions of Kyoto truly embodies the latent potential of the arts and gives us immeasurable courage.

As you will no doubt already know, this year also marks the final festival to be programmed by Yusuke Hashimoto. While there are not enough words to describe the debt of gratitude we owe him, we must now move forward. We have fortunately selected a superb team of directors to succeed him and are currently in the process of preparing next year’s festival in parallel with organizing the 2019 edition.

In the approaching decade of the 2020s where uncertainty seems bound to increase even further, what can we do to ensure the survival of the performing arts? Surrounded by so many dilemmas, today we require a fresh kind of wisdom. We are convinced that this wisdom is something that emerges from the plaza of ideas that is a theater, a place where the stage and audience seating join together in the sharing of knowledge.

Naoto Moriyama
Chairman, Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee

Organized by

Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee

  • Kyoto City
  • ROHM Theatre Kyoto(Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)
  • Kyoto Art Center(Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation)
  • Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design
  • Co-organized by Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI
  • ROHM Theatre Kyoto
  • Kyoto Art Center
  • Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design

Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee

Naoto Moriyama (Senior Researcher of Kyoto Performing Arts Center / Executive Committee Member, Kyoto Art Center)
Vice Chairman
Yoshiaki Morikawa (Senior Director, Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)
Committee Members
Fumio Amano (Professor, Director of Kyoto Performing Arts Center)
Tetsuya Ozaki (Editor / Issuer and Editor-in-Chief of REALKYOTO
Yasuko Nishikawa (Secretary-General of Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation)
Yusuke Hashimoto (Program Director, ROHM Theatre Kyoto / Program Director, Kyoto Experiment)
Ritsue Hata (Editorial committee member of Arts and Cultural News Department, Osaka head office of The Mainichi Newspapers)
Morihiro Matsumoto (Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau of Kyoto City, Culture and Art Planning Section Unit Head)
Hiroshi Yoshioka (Aesthetician / Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)
Mitsuhiro Adachi (Deputy Director, ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)
Chihiro Fujita (Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau of Kyoto City, Culture and Art Planning Section Unit Head)

Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee Office

Program Director
Yusuke Hashimoto
Executive Director
Junko Kakiwaki
Miwako Inoue, Shunsuke Kadowaki, Hiroshi Watanabe
Public Relations
Yoshimi Toyoyama, Juliet Knapp, Kae Hamazawa
Production Chief
Yoko Kawasaki
Production Coordinators
Kyoka Arisawa, Asami Hori, Kanako Yamasaki
[ROHM Theatre Kyoto] Tomoya Takeda, Kimiko Terada
[Kyoto Art Center] Kinari Toyama, Reiko Hagihara, Kei Minoura, Mayumi Yamamoto, Maiko Okumura
[Kyoto Performing Arts Center] Ryo Ide, Miho Kawahara
Technical Coordinators
Nobuaki Oshika, So Ozaki, Mao Sakai, Masaya Natsume
Miyu Inui, Nozomi Kawano, Karin Miyamoto
PR Ambassadors
Momona Eguchi, Lam Wing Man
Text Coordination
Nagara Wada
Japanese translation from English
Yuki Itai, Yumiko Deguchi
English translation from Japanese
William Andrews
Art Direction
Yuma Harada (UMA/design farm)
Keisuke Yamazoe (UMA/design farm)
Web Direction
Takahiro Mitsukawa (bank to LLC.), Hiroshi Matsuda (bank to LLC.)
Web Design
Kento Yoshida (bank to LLC.)
Web Program・Coding
Yoshitaka Gonsoku (so design), Kazuma Hitomi (bank to LLC.)