On March 28th 2021 the eleventh edition of Kyoto Experiment came to a close!
We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone that came to the festival, those who couldn’t attend the festival in person but supported us from afar, all the artists from both Japan and abroad who have presented truly wonderful works in such difficult circumstances, all those who shared their expertise and knowledge with us, all those who helped spread the word through various forms of media and every single member of our staff.
This year’s festival was created by a new team. Despite the enormous amount of work it took to realise the festival compared to previous editions, such as moving the whole festival back a few months due to coronavirus and implementing various coronavirus prevention measures while regulations for holding events changed daily, we’re relieved we were able to hold the festival. We’re also proud of our team, who have all worked with such positivity.
If we think back to preparing for the festival, it’s been over a year since we started questioning what an ‘international arts festival’ should be in a world where travel is highly restricted. However through various experiments, we were encouraged by our peers and artists all over the world who never gave up thinking ‘how can we do what we want to do?’ It looks like the current situation may continue for some time, but in order to contribute to this moment in history of how performing arts can develop in such unknown territory, we return to the original proposition of Kyoto Experiment, to continue experiments in art in Kyoto. And believe that someday we can do something that amazes and surprises us!
We wish you all healthy and experimental days to come and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Yoko Kawasaki Yuya Tsukahara Juliet Reiko Knapp
Kyoto Experiment Co-directors