Kyoto Experiment is dedicated to producing experimental performing arts—both from Japan and overseas—and introducing them to a wider audience. Its aim is to bring the arts and society closer together through new forms of dialogue. Featuring experimental works that move freely between genres such as theater, dance, music, fine art, design, and architecture, the festival hopes to open up new possibilities through the creations, experiences, and ideas that emerge from such a diverse combination.
This program extends its scope to the entire Kansai region, investigating how it is all tied together. The aim is to redefine the artistic potential of the region and the reality of its local culture. Artists take the lead in the program, researching the Kansai region’s culture throughout the year in team with local residents, producers, and researchers. Thoughts and observations derived from this research will be published on the Kansai Studies website and archived in a way that allows viewers to follow their development. This is intended to be an “online library” accessible to all, which may one day serve as a source of knowledge and inspiration, as well as a testing ground, for future creators and projects.
This program invites forward-thinking artists from Japan and overseas, staging works of performing arts that we think should be experienced right now. Closely observing the shifts and trends in the performing arts scene in Kyoto and the Kansai region, the program will introduce experimental works that transcend the genre boundaries of dance, theater, music, and fine art. A big focus will be on ambitious works that raise new questions about perceived boundaries in the performing arts, including those between auditorium and stage, between genders, between work and creative process, and between subject and object of performance.
Super Knowledge for the Future [SKF]
Can artists foresee the future? The “SKF” program connects society with experimental performing arts in an attempt to spark new ideas and dialogues, a fresh awareness of issues, and perspectives on the future as if by chemical reaction. Through a range of formats like talks and workshops, participants can learn about, discuss and debate on various social issues addressed by experimental works—issues relevant beyond the world of art. We hope the “Super Knowledge” acquired will equip you to tackle the questions that are important today, and to confront and consider the unpredictable future!
A Message from the Directors
Ever since they were both established in 2000, Kyoto Art Center and Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design have been leading presences in the Kyoto performing arts scene. In particular, Kyoto Art Center’s Contemporary Theater Program, which started in 2004 and develops new theater productions, continued a process of experimentation, discussion, proposal, and testing related to the performing arts for six years until 2009. After work created through the Contemporary Theater Program was widely acclaimed in Japan and overseas, the inaugural Kyoto Experiment was held in autumn 2010 as a place presenting these previous achievements more widely to the general public.