Takuya Murakawa

Everett Ghost Lines

A documentary artist explores the radical possibilities of theater in the richness of uncertainty

Takuya Murakawa, graduating from Kyoto University of Art and Design as a documentary filmmaker, has presented experimental works in which he applies the strategies of documentary film and fieldwork to performance. For instance, in his signature work Zeitgeber, Murakawa enacted scenes of helping disabled people on stage. Inviting the audience to the stage one by one and giving them a role, the work calmly progresses while obscuring the solid premise of performance: fiction and actors.

Based on his production Everett Lines last year, Everett Ghost Lines takes a further step from Zeitgeber in its indeterminate reality. Murakawa sends letters to his actor candidates a few weeks prior to the performance. The letter includes the instruction for the performance such as time to show up and things they are supposed to do on stage. Thus, all they have to do for the performance is to follow instructions. However, it’s entirely up to the candidates if they show up or not and Murakawa is unaware of who will be on the stage until the day of the performance. By questioning the preconditions of theater, the work reveals how indeterminate out reality is. Can we trust what we see? Or can we not even trust our own eyes? A beautifully paradoxical and thrilling work.

Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
Japanese with English surtitles
Kyoto, Japan
DirectionTakuya Murakawa
Stage managerShuji Hamamura
LightingKosuke Ashidano (Ryu)
SoundManabu Saito (Stax.Inc)
VideoKotaro Konishi
Assistant directorMayumi Yamamura, Yoshimi Toyoyama
Supported byThe Saison Foundation
ProductionTakuya Murakawa
Co-productionKyoto Experiment
Presented byKyoto Experiment


  • Takuya Murakawa, Independent Living, 2017, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Kai Maetani

    Takuya Murakawa

    Independent Living