Kyoto Experiment 2022 is a festival that enables encounters and dialogue with the performing arts. This year’s key concept is “New teku teku”.

“Teku teku” is a Japanese word that expresses footsteps or walking at a steady pace. After the past two years in which Covid has had a huge impact on society, our key concept “New teku teku” proposes to reconsider walking and how we share physicality, space and time. In addition to the act of using your feet to walk there are, by extension, many types of teku teku: being in various states of mind, of shuttling back and forth between different times, an emotional change, or even a move toward a certain set of standards or system. This year’s festival aims to rethink these various ways of walking and gain a new way of thinking that will guide us in the future.

Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 2022
October 1st (Sat) – 23th (Sun) 2022 [23 days]
ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza, THEATRE E9 KYOTO, Japanese Garden, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Former welfare center of the Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank 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)]

A Message from the Directors


Kyoto Experiment is an international performing arts festival that has been held annually in the city of Kyoto since 2010. Inviting cutting-edge artists from Japan and abroad, we introduce stage works that freely cross genres—not only theater, dance, and music, but also art, design, architecture, and more. At the same time, we serve as a meeting point between society and cutting-edge art/culture, fostering thinking and dialogue about experimental artistic expression with an eye on the future. Kyoto Experiment operates in collaboration with theaters and art centers, both private and public, with the following three goals: 1. Becoming a creative home for pioneering art from Japan and overseas 2. Fostering new interactions by innovating Kyoto’s art/culture and making it available to a wider public 3. Cultivating new possibilities for art/culture in team with the people who will carry its future.


Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee

Fumio Amano (Professor, Director of Kyoto Performing Arts Center)
Vice Chair
Yoshiaki Morikawa (Managing Director, Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)
Committee Members
Yoshitaka Ando (Professor, Director of Kyoto Performing Arts Center)
Yukako Ogura (Program Director, ROHM Theatre Kyoto)
Tetsuya Ozaki (Editor-in-Chief, REALKYOTO FORUM, ICA KYOTO)
Yota Kageyama (Director, Arts Seed Kyoto / Theatre Manager, THEATRE E9 KYOTO)
Toru Koyamada (​Artist / Professor, Kyoto City University of Arts)
Ritsue Hata (Editorial committee member of Arts and Cultural News Department, Osaka head office of The Mainichi Newspapers)
Ken Makizawa(Manager, Culture and Arts Planning Section, Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau of Kyoto City)
Satoshi Yamashita (General Manager and Secretary-General, Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation)
Hiroshi Yoshioka (Aesthetician / Professor, Institute of Philosophy & Human Values Kyoto University of The Arts)
Shigekatsu Takahata (Deputy Director, ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)
Takayuki Mori (Manager, Culture and Arts Planning Section, Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau of Kyoto City)
Kojin Ota (Theater Critic / President, Kyoto University of Education)
Akira Shigeyama (Kyogen Artist / President of NPO Kyoto Arts Meeting / Director, THEATRE E9 KYOTO)
Motoaki Shinohara (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University)
Soshitsu Sen (Urasenke Grand Tea Master)
Akira Tatehata (Director, Kyoto Art Center / President, Tama Art University)
Oriza Hirata (Playwright, Theater Director / Director of Seinendan / President, Professional College of Arts and Tourism)
Names are listed in gojuon order (a system for ordering Japanese kana characters).

Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee Office

Yoko Kawasaki, Yuya Tsukahara, Juliet Reiko Knapp
Administrative Director:
Junko Kakiwaki
Miwako Inoue, Shunsuke Kadowaki, Hiroshi Watanabe
Public Relations:
Yoshimi Toyoyama, Ruka Maeda
Public Relations Support:
Masako Tago, Mei Toma
Chief Production Coordinator:
Kanako Yamasaki (KANKARA Inc.)
Production Coordinators:
Hirotomo Kojima(Bassline Arts Management), Eri Shibata, Tsubasa Shimizu (KANKARA Inc.), Haruna Hirano, Naho Fujimura, Shunsuke Manabe
[ROHM Theatre Kyoto]  Kei Saito, Kimiko Terada, Yuichiro Masuya
[Kyoto Art Center]  Tomo Setou, Keisuke Nakaya, Kanoko Hirai, Yukina Yagi
[Kyoto Performing Arts Center] Miho Kawahara, Takanori Goto
[THEATRE E9 KYOTO] Mana Okuyama, Taro Kimoto
Technical Director:
Masaya Natsume
Technical Coordinators:
Kodachi Kitagata, Yuhi Kobayashi, Mao Sakai
Shia Odajima, Miyuu Yamagiwa
Text Coordination:
MUESUM Co.Ltd., (Tomomi Tada, Dai Nagae, Chiaki Hanyu)
English translation from Japanese:
Art Translators Collective (Lillian Canright, Alex Dudok de Wit, Hibiki Mizuno, Yume Morimoto, Monika Uchiyama), William Andrews
Crowdfunding Management:
Eriko Nishitani (Relay Relay LLP)
Art Direction / Design:
Aiko Koike
Archive Video and Photo Direction:
slide//show (Takuya Matsumi, Kim Song-Gi, Yoshitaka Shimada, Yuki Moriya)
Web Direction:
bank to LLC. (Takahiro Mitsukawa, Yumi Hayashi, Hiroshi Matsuda)
Web Design:
Kento Yoshida (bank to LLC.)
Web Programming / Web Coding:
Kazuma Hitomi (bank to LLC.)
Advisory Board:
Reza Afisina (Visual Artist from collective ruangrupa / Artistic Director for documenta fifteen / Member of Gudskul: collective study and contemporary art ecosystem from Jakarta, Indonesia)
Masataka Hosoo (President & CEO, Hosoo Co.Ltd.)
Anna Wagner (designated Artistic and Managing Director, Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main)


Organized by

  • 京都市
  • ロームシアター京都(公益財団法人京都市音楽芸術文化振興財団)
  • 京都芸術センター(公益財団法人京都市芸術文化協会)
  • 京都造形芸術大学 舞台芸術研究センター

Supported by

  • The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, through the Japan Arts Council, Fiscal Year 2022
  • Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities
  • Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, Japan: 2021 Fund for Creation of Society by the Arts and Culture
  • 文化庁
  • 一般財団法人 地域創造
  • 2021 Arts Fund
  • Performing Arts Fund NL
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo
  • Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF)
  • 公益財団法人セゾン文化財団
  • The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, through the Japan Arts Council, Fiscal Year 2022 Kyoto Experiment Meeting Point Project: A Community Space Utilizing Kyoto’s Cultural Resources

Specific individual programs are co-presented by

  • Views by Ayaka Ono & Akira Nakazawa / Spacenotblank is co-presented by Spacenotblank
  • Bipolar by Merzbow, Balázs Pándi & Richard Pinhas with Lieko Shiga is co-presented by The Japan Foundation
  • This You by Tino Sehgal is co-presented by Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

Sponsored by

  • Hase Building Co., Ltd.
  • SunM Color Co., Ltd.
  • Daiwa Lease Co., Ltd.
  • 香山建築研究所
  • 大和リース株式会社
  • 大東寝具工業
  • I.D.A

With the special cooperation of

  • Goethe-Institut Osaka Kyoto
  • Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank
  • Délégation générale du Québec à Tokyo

With the stage equipment cooperation of

  • Lighting Equipment: RYU Co., Ltd.
  • Audio Equipment: KWAT Co., Ltd.
  • Video Equipment: Takenaka Co., Ltd.

With the cooperation of

  • UrBANGUILD, Ace Hotel Kyoto, Australian Embassy Tokyo, KAGANHOTEL, Kinosaki International Arts Center (Toyooka City), Kyoto Okazaki Tsutaya Books, Kyoto Student Theater Festival 2022, KYOTO INTERNATIONAL FILM AND ART FESTIVAL 2022, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Council for Kyoto Traditional Forest Culture, Shijo Han‛eikai Shopping Street Promotion Associations, Takatsuki Art Hour “interlude”, Toyooka Theater Festival 2022, Dongahata Campsite, Nuit Blanche KYOTO 2022, node hotel, BnA Alter Museum, British Council, HOTEL ANTEROOM KYOTO, Port B, mamagoto, READYFOR, Gion Shopping Street Promotion Association, Yasuo Kato (BaseBranca, Capoeira Gerais), Ami Maeda (Ninja-Do), MAGASINN KYOTO