2018 Artist Lineup Sneak Peek!


We are pleased to announce three artists from the Kyoto Experiment 2018 Official Program!

This year’s festival features a main lineup of 12 productions with a special focus on female artists or artists and companies that identify as female. In addition, to mark the 160th anniversary of Japan-France diplomatic relations and the 60th anniversary of Paris and Kyoto’s sister city covenant, this year’s program will feature the work of several French artists.

We look forward to welcoming audiences to Kyoto Experiment’s new endeavors this autumn.

Initial Artist Lineup:
The Wooster Group[Theater|New York, United States]
François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea[Dance|Paris, France]
Satoko Ichihara/ Q[Theater|Tokyo, Japan]

The full festival program is scheduled for release July 2018.


The Kyoto Experiment 2018 online essay series also launched this week! In the months before the festival we will be publishing a number of texts by specialists from different fields that focus on “female” as a keyword.

To read the first essay by our program director Yusuke Hashimoto, please click here.


Read more about the initial artist lineup here:

The Wooster Group[Theater|New York, United States]

 Photo by Prudence Upton


Founded in 1975 and since its beginning led by Elizabeth LeCompte, The Wooster Group is based at The Performing Garage in the SoHo neighborhood of lower Manhattan. The Wooster Group regularly tours its productions throughout the United States and internationally and has won Obie Awards, Bessie Awards, and the National Endowment for the Arts Ongoing Ensembles Grant. The Wooster Group makes original works for the theater and integrates visual media, sound, architectonic design, and text with live performance. Since its inception, it has presented more than 40 theatrical, dance, film, and video works under the direction of Elizabeth LeCompte and has remained at the forefront of experimental theater. It first visited Japan with Early Shaker Spirituals, performed at the Sound Live Tokyo festival in 2015.


François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea[Dance|Paris, France]

 Photo by Takuya Matsumi


François Chaignaud studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and Cecilia Bengolea studied dance and philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires. Since 2005, a sustained dialogue between these two dancers has produced an intelligent and vibrant body of work. Chaignaud is currently creating a piece for the Carte Blanche Ballet (Norway) to be premiered in May 2018 and Bengolea will premiere her new creation Insect Train, which explores the world of insects and the relation between our bodies and nature during Spring 2018. The pair received the Prix de la Révélation Chorégraphique from the Syndicat de la Critique in 2009 and were awarded the Emerging Artist Award at the Biennale de Gwangju for the entirety of their activities in 2014. Their work has been presented at international festivals including Festival d’Automne and Festival d’Avignon. Following TWERK in 2014, this marks their second appearance at Kyoto Experiment.


Satoko Ichihara/ Q[Theater|Tokyo, Japan]

 Photo by Mizuki Sato


Playwright, director, and novelist Satoko Ichihara was born in 1988 and studied theater at J. F. Oberlin University. She launched Q in 2011. She uses monologue to relate from a female perspective the vitality of humanity that shines in a world of confusion as well as the absurdity of life. Stressing the physicality of actors, her work is characterized by its emphasis on linguistic expression and rhythm. Her plays capture and reconstruct human actions as if observing animals, seeming to directly shower the audience in the vigor and power of life. In 2011, her play Insects won the 11th AAF Playwriting Prize. In 2016, she published her novel Insects in the literary journal Subaru. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the 61st Kishida Kunio Drama Award for Favonia’s Fruitless Fable. It was subsequently performed at the Seoul Marginal Theatre Festival. She is a Junior Fellow of The Saison Foundation.


October 6th – 28th, 2018 (23 days)
Venues: ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza, and other locations
Presented 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]

▶︎Press Release available for download here.

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