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ROHM Theatre Kyoto Program


Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 2016 Spring

Chiten”Sports Play”

2016.3.5 (SAT) – 3.6 (SUN)

Theatre South Hall
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    “Kein Licht. (No Light.)” photo: Takuya Matsumi

Reuniting Chiten, Elfriede Jelinek, and Masahiro Miwa for a provocative critique of sport, politics, and the media

Chiten opened its own performance studio, UNDER-THROW, in Kyoto in 2013, where it continues to challenge the conventions of theater and theater spaces. Utilizing a wide range of global texts by the likes of Chekhov, Chiten has honed a radically new style of theater through director Motoi Miura’s deconstruction of language and body. Chiten first tackled the work of Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek in 2012 with its staging of Kein Licht., a postdramatic text devoid of narrative which Jelinek wrote in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima crisis. The highly acclaimed production was revived at Kyoto Experiment 2014. Deftly directed by Miura, it also featured a soundscape by composer Masahiro Miwa that resonated live voices. Miura has now chosen to stage Jelinek’s long 1998 work, Sports Play. In it, Jelinek likens today’s mass frenzy for sports to warfare. Her text interweaves multiple layers of fragmentary monologues, forming a vast collage with characters from Greek tragedy such as Electra, Achilles, and Hector that transcends straightforward social critique. Once again teaming up with composer Miwa, Chiten serves up a bold and avant-garde portrayal of sports in the twenty-first century, continually exploited by politics and the media.


2016.3.5 (SAT) – 3.6 (SUN)

Venue : South Hall

Performance Time:90 minutes (TBC)

Start 3/5(Sat) 3/6(Sun)
18:00   ●◎


※Theater reception opens 1h prior to the performance



Performed in Japanese


Presented by:Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee (City of Kyoto, 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)


flowing KARASUMA 2F, 645 Tearaimizu-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8152 JAPAN


Ticket Prices

reserved Seating

Adult       Adv. ¥3,500 / Day ¥4,000
Youth, Student   Adv. ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
Senior       Adv. ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
High School Student and Younger  Adv. ¥1,000 / Day ¥1,000
Pair       ¥6,500(Advance only)
Youth tickets → Up to 25
Senior tickets → 65 & Up

* The price of a Pair Ticket includes two seats.
* A Pair Ticket is valid for two persons for the same performance only.
* Proof of age is required for Youth, Student, Senior, and High School Student & Younger tickets.
* The group rate is applied to groups of more than 10 people. Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Ticket Center for details.
* Accessible Tickets are available at a ¥500 discount from the regular price and include one complimentary ticket for a helper. We may guide you to specific seats. Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Ticket Center for further information.

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