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ROHM Theatre Kyoto Film Program

2023.10.13 (FRI) – 10.15 (SUN)

Art/Film/Video South Hall
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    『アリアーヌ・ムヌーシュキン:太陽劇団の冒険』(2009年) ARIANE MNOUCHKINE :L’AVENTURE DU THÉÂTRE DU SOLEIL © 2009 AGAT Films & Cie / Le Théâtre du Soleil / Ina / Bel Air Media / ARTE France

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    『堤防の上の鼓手 俳優によって演じられる人形のための古代東洋の物語』(2002) ©Michéle Laurent

Théâtre du Soleil (France) / Shiro Takatani (Japan) / Dimitris Papaioannou (Greece)
A line-up of films to experience the creation of three groups of artists who are all presenting their performances at ROHM Theatre Kyoto this annual season and who are at the forefront of the world’s performing arts!

Four film works to be presented: ARIANE MNOUCHKINE :L’AVENTURE DU THÉÂTRE DU SOLEIL, a documentary film tracing back the footsteps of Théâtre du Soleil now in their 59th year, TAMBOURS SUR LA DIGUE which was performed when the company first came to Japan 22 years ago, Dimitris Papaioannou’s NOWHERE in which he choreographs both the “stage machinery” and the performers, and another documentary Shiro Takatani - between nature and technology following for the first time the artist’s works in the 30 years of his career.


2023.10.13 (FRI) – 10.15 (SUN)

Venue : South Hall

10.13日(FRI) 17:00   19:00    
10. 14 (SAT)   13:00   17:00  
10. 15 (SUN) 15:00   11:00 13:00  
10. 29 (SUN)         13:00


Shiro Takatani - between nature and technology
1789 and an open discussion with Ariane Mnouchkine at Sjunjuza, Kyoto University of the Arts



© 2009 AGAT Films & Cie / Le Théâtre du Soleil / Ina / Bel Air Media / ARTE France


At 17:00 on 10. 13 (FRI) and at 15:00 on 10. 15 (SUN)
Director: Catherine Vilpoux
Duration: 75 minutes
In French with Japanese subtitles
A 2009 documentary film by the director Catherine Vilpoux. It follows the path of Théâtre du Soleil from Les Clowns, La Cuisine, 1789 and other early works to Le Dernier Caravansérail and Les Éphémères, with the recordings of the works, rehearsals and backstage, as well as the interviews of Mnouchkine and the company’s actors. A valuable film archive of the lives of Mnouchkine, the extraordinary figure among the theatre directors, and the theatre company.
Special thanks to Arts Network Japan

 ②<i>TAMBOURS SUR LA DIGUE</i> (2002)

©Michéle Laurent


At 13:00 on 10. 14 (SAT)
Text: Hélène Cixous
Director: Ariane Mnouchkine
Duration: 136 minutes
In French with Japanese subtitles
Presented in Théâtre du Soleil’s first performance in Japan in 2001. A great river runs through the middle of an ancient Asian town and the dikes divide the production area from the administrative part of the town. Facing the threat of the flood, the ultimate choice was to be made to break either of the dikes to rescue the other side of the river. An astonishing bunraku-like staging in which the performers are manipulated like puppets by kurogo. A work filled with the director Mnouchkine’s deep homage to Japan.
Distributors: © 2002 Le Théâtre du Soleil / Bel Air Media / ARTE France / CNDP/ ZDF Theaterkanal


©︎Pascal Gallepe

Théâtre du Soleil
Founded in France in 1964, Théâtre du Soleil (Theatre of the Sun) is based at La Cartoucherie, a former munitions factory located in a Paris suburb, and known for its uniquely collective approach to creativity. It attracted global attention with 1789 (1970), dealing with the French Revolution and staged in a highly innovative theatrical style. Its wide-ranging repertoire includes classics, masque, and works about contemporary issues like the refugees. It first toured to Japan in 2001, staging Tambours sur la Digue at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, and causing a stir with its bold use of Asian puppetry, especially Japanese bunraku.

③<i>NOWHERE</i> by Dimitris Papaioannou, the Director’s Cut version

©Marilena Staflydou

NOWHERE by Dimitris Papaioannou, the Director’s Cut version

At 19:00 on 10. 13 (FRI) and at 11:00 on 10. 15 (SUN)
Concept – Direction: Dimitris Papaioannou
Première (stage performance): 2009, Greek National Theatre (Athens)
Special interview produced by Saitama Arts Theater
Duration: 53 minutes (NOWHERE 40 minutes / Special interview 13 minutes)
This film is made from the stage performance commissioned for the renewal of the Greek National Theatre in 2009. Papaioannou says “I always think about how to overcome the space that challenges human beings” and has boldly choreographed the renewed “stage machinery” and the performers with his overflowing imagination. A scene dedicated to Pina Bausch, “For Pina”, is a must-see. The screening also includes a special interview with Dimitris Papaioannou.

©Julian Mommert

Born in Athens in 1964, Dimitris Papaioannou gained early recognition as a painter and comics artist, before his focus shifted to the performing arts. After studying dance in New York, he formed Edafos Dance Theatre in 1986 as an initial vehicle for his original stage productions, hybrids of physical theatre, experimental dance, and performance art. Papaioannou became widely known in 2004, as the creator of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games. He then created NOWHERE (2009) for the inauguration of the renovated Greek National Theatre, INSIDE (2011) for the Pallas Theater, PRIMAL MATTER (2012) for the Athens Festival, STILL LIFE (2014), the first work that toured extensively around the world. In 2017, he created THE GREAT TAMER, which in 2019 became his first work to be presented in Japan. In 2018, Dimitris became the first artist to create a new, full-length work for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch after the death of its founder. In 2020, Dimitris created and performed a duet piece INK. His latest work TRANSVERSE ORIENTATION (2021) premiered in June 2021 and has also toured Japan in 2022.

④<i>Shiro Takatani - between nature and technology</i> (2018)

©Ideale Audience – 2018

Shiro Takatani - between nature and technology (2018)

At 17:00 on 10. 14 (SAT) and at 13:00 on 10. 15 (SUN)
★There is a talk by Shiro Takatani after the screening on 10. 14 (SAT).
Director, editor and writer: Giulio Boato
Joint writer: Enrico Pitozzi
Producers: Léa Bardet and Pierre-Martin Juban
Featuring: Shirô Takatani, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yuko Hasegawa, Simon Fisher-Turner, Thomas Delamarre, Satoshi Hama, Richard Castelli, Olivier Balzarini, Yuko Hirai, Alfred Birnbaum
Duration: 55 minutes
In Japanese, French and English
Distributors: EUROSPACE / ©Ideale Audience – 2018
Shiro Takatani – between nature and technology is a documentary film which, for the first time, follows Takatani’s work over 30 years. Giulio Boato, an Italian director who is highly regarded for the documentary works on cutting edge artists such as Jan Fabre, unravels Takatani’s evolution and the driving force of his creation in the 30 years of his work, through interviews with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Simon Fisher-Turner and Yuko Hasegawa, who has curated the exhibition “DUMB TYPE ACTIONS+REFLECTIONS” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and the abundant video recordings of his performances and installation works.

Born in 1963, Shiro Takatani was a founding member of the artist collective Dumb Type in 1984. He creates multimedia performances and installations that are performed and exhibited at theatres, museums, and art centers around the world. His many collaborators include Fujiko Nakaya, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mansai Nomura, and Raku Kichizaemon XV – Jikinyū.

As a related program, from 13:00 on 10. 29 (SUN), there will be a screening of Théâtre du Soleil’s early performance work 1789 and an open discussion with Ariane Mnouchkine at Shunjuza, Kyoto University of the Arts.
* Tickets can be also purchased at ROHM Theatre Kyoto.


ROHM Theatre Kyoto Box Office TEL.075-746-3201


Ticket Prices

Unreserved seating
For each screening: ¥1,000 / 25 and under ¥500
*Free admission for the ticket holders of the following performances: L’ÎLE D’OR Kanemu-Jima by Théâtre du Soleil, INK by Dimitris Papaioannou on 18th-21st January and the new work by Shiro Takatani on 9th-12th February.


2023.8.19 (SAT)

Tickets on Sale

2023.8.26 (SAT)

Tickets Available from

  • ROHM Theatre Kyoto Online Tickets
  • ROHM Theatre Kyoto Box Office[窓口・電話 TEL.075-746-3201(10:00~17:00、年中無休 ※臨時休館日等により変更の場合あり)]
  • Kyoto Concert Hall Box Office[TEL.075-711-3231 (10:00~17:00 closed on the 1st and the 3rd Mondays, and the following Tuesday in case 1st or 3rd Monday is a national holiday) ]

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