A performing arts festival held in Kyoto since 2010, we invite radical artists from Japan and abroad to present work that transcends genres such as theater, dance, music, and visual art. Dedicated to imagining, producing and sharing experimental performing arts the festival aims to explore and create new dialogues and values in society.
The festival’s core concept for 2023 is the Japanese word maze maze literally meaning ‘mix mix’. This year’s lineup features experimental performing arts works that allow us to consider language, identity and culture as maze maze; as a mix of things. By considering these things as changeable, fluid and plural; for example by considering how languages constantly change and intermingle, we believe we can allow ourselves space to consider contemporary society in a multitude of alternative ways.
The festival consists of three programs: “Kansai Studies,” a program that researches the Kansai region, where the festival is rooted, and aims to cultivate a foundation for future creation; “Shows,” a lineup of experimental performing arts and exhibitions from around the world; and “Super Knowledge for the Future [SKF],” a series of talks and workshops that explore the relationship between experimental performing arts and all kinds of different topics beyond the world of art.
Dates: September 30th (Sat) – October 22nd (Sun) 2023
Venues: ROHM Theatre Kyoto, KYOTO ART CENTER, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza, THEATRE E9 KYOTO, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art and other locations
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 the Arts, THEATRE E9 KYOTO (Arts Seed Kyoto)]
The lineup of artists participating in the festival are as below. Please note detailed information on our website is currently available in Japanese only. Information in English will be announced on our website on Tuesday August 1st at 11:00am. Ticket sales will begin on Friday August 4th at 11:00am.
Lang Lee (Seoul, South Korea / Audio Performance)
Wichaya Artamat / For What Theatre (Bangkok, Thailand / Theater)
chelfitsch (Tokyo / Theater)
Alice Ripoll / Cia. REC (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Dance)
Back to Back Theatre (Geelong, Australia / Theater)
Shota Yamauchi & Maki Ueda (Tokyo & Ishigaki Island / Performance)
Ayaka Nakama (Kobe / Dance)
Ruth Childs & Lucinda Childs (Geneva, Switzerland & New York, U.S. / Dance)
Dana Michel (Montreal, Canada / Performance)
Mariano Pensotti / Grupo Marea (Buenos Aires, Argentina / Theater)
Samson Young (Hong Kong / Exhibition)
☞Super Knowledge for the Future［SKF］