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Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival

Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival is a theater and dance event held every autumn since 2010 at theaters in Kyoto. It features a wide-ranging lineup of radical artists from Japan and around the world, presenting theater and dance as well as visual art, music, design, and architecture.

1. A place for experiments in creativity and exchange
2. Disseminating the Kyoto culture of today
3. Discovering new appeals of the performing arts and finding possibilities for producing the next generation of talent

Kyoto Experiment is organized based on these three approaches, in reciprocal partnerships with both public and private theaters and art centers.

Title Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival
Period approx. one month every autumn
Venues ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza, 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 Art and Design

History

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.

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