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Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival

- 京都国際舞台芸術祭 -
PeriodOctober 22nd - November 13th, 2016
VenueROHM Theatre Kyoto etc.
Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival is held in Autumn in Okazaki, Kyoto, city of art.
The Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival has been held every fall since 2010 and is an art festival focusing on theater and exhibits of artwork. Leading artists from within Japan and around the world congregate to perform, dance, show artwork, music, architecture, and more. The Okazaki area, home to Heian Shrine, a famous touristic destination, and also more places in Kyoto are where you will see a range of experimental works. The program each year is based on a different theme to convey messages to society, with works of art. From Oct.22th to Nov.13th, a range of programs are held at various venues. You can check the official web site in advance and find the date and the events that interest you. Kyoto is a unique city where traditional and contemporary culture intermingles. Why not take this opportunity to check out the frontline of the art?
Martin Creed: Work No. 1020 (Ballet)
Martin Creed: Work No. 1020 (Ballet)
Martin Creed is a contemporary artist from England. Creed is the recipient of the Turner Prize, one of the premier awards for British artists. This season, Creed’s“Work No. 1020 (Ballet)” will be performed, and it is the first piece that he has choreographed. It consists of mainly classic ballet, some talk, video, a band performance with Creed taking vocal, and so on. The program starts at 8:00 PM on Oct.29th and 2:00 PM on Oct.30th. (Must be age 16 or older to enter) (Venue: ALTI Art Live Theater International)
Kinoshita Kabuki Kanjincho
Kinoshita Kabuki Kanjincho
Kabuki is one of Japan's traditional plays. It may seem old and stuffy at the first blush, but Kinoshita Kabuki troupe take in modern interpretations to draw further possibility of traditional performing arts. Their work “Kanjincho” will be performed at the festival. It’s their signature piece and has been recreated from one showed in 2010. This is a chance to see the unique worldview created through the fusion of traditional and contemporary art. The event is held from November 3th to 6th. (Venue: Kyoto Studio 21 Special Seats)
The Play Park! A place for adults and children alike to experience art
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The Play Park! A place for adults and children alike to experience art
You may have the impression that viewing art and performance with your child and sharing the experience may be difficult. However, this program invites people of all ages. It stimulates your interests and inspires you with a wide range of programs. Humorous shows by clowns, puppet theater, workshops, and a market are all you can enjoy with your family. (Venue: Kyoto City Kita Bunka Kaikan Hall)
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When you think of Kyoto, you may imagine a traditional Japanese landscape with temples and shrines. However, Kyoto is also very famous for its contemporary art. The Okazaki area in particular, one of venues, is known as a city for Kyoto’s cutting-edge arts culture, and it is drawing attention among the locals and tourists alike. That makes sense Okazaki is the perfect place for this art festival. If you’re an art lover, a newcomer to performing arts, or bringing the whole family, there are lots of programs for you. Pick the events that tickle your fancy and check them out!
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Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival / 京都国際舞台芸術祭
Phone +81 75-213-5839
Address [ROHM Theatre Kyoto] 13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City 606-8342 Japan [Kyoto Art Center] Yamabushiyama-cho 546-2, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8156 JAPAN
Directions [ROHM Theatre Kyoto] From Kyoto Station From city bus terminal A1, take bus 5, get off at Okazaki Park Art Museum Heian Jingu-Mae. 5 minutes ‘walk from there [Kyoto Art Center] From Kyoto Station, transfer to Subway Line and get off at Shijo Station. 5 minutes’walk from exit 22 or 24.
Event time Varies by program
Cancellations None (some programs may be delayed due to rain)
Price range
Need ticket for each program (some programs are free) Tickets can be bought in advance from the official web site or at the door on the day.
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB / Some available (see official web site for details)
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
While some Japanese artists take part, you will also find many artists from overseas. In addition to dance and silent drama, which do not require language, there are many performances in English. For performances in Japanese, some have with English subtitles. For the most part, you should not have any linguistic hurdles to enjoying yourself.(see official web site for details)
Information English descriptions are written on official web site
Lanuages spoken Some programs are performed in English or with English subtitles.
URL1 http://kyoto-ex.jp/2016-autumn-eng/
URL2 http://kyoto-ex.jp/2016-autumn-eng/access/
One of Kyoto’s signature event halls. For other venue details, please see the official web site.
One of Kyoto’s signature event halls. For other venue details, please see the official web site.
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