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Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 2016 Spring

Yukichi Matsumoto × Shinichiro Hayashi「PORTAL」

2016.3.12 (SAT) – 3.13 (SUN)

Theatre South Hall
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  • Yukichi Matsumoto × Shinichiro Hayashi「PORTAL」

    Photo:Yuya Tsukahara

Ishinha’s Yukichi Matsumoto directs hip-hop legend Sibitt in a script by Shinichiro Hayashi

Yukichi Matsumoto founded the Osaka-based theater company Ishinha in 1970 and is known for his bravado outdoor spectacles. In recent years he has also had hits directing Shuji Terayama’s Lemming and Kenji Nakagami’s Nineteen-Year-Old Jacob. Now he makes his long-awaited debut at Kyoto Experiment. Matsumoto will direct a script by Shinichiro Hayashi, the Kansai playwright who has twice won OMS Drama Prizes. Hayashi resides in Toyonaka, an Osaka satellite city, and his script will be staged as a pre-opening event for Toyonaka City Arts Center, which opens in autumn 2016. The title refers to puzzle games where a hole in a wall allows you to jump to another place. Specifically, Hayashi draws on the popular augmented reality game ingress, which turns the actual city into a game where players “capture” portals by visiting certain places.
In his play Hayashi develops a theory of the city from the perspective of the satellite town. Substituting the gaze directed at the city at both micro and macro levels within the changing landscape between the satellite and the metropolis, the play weaves a map through sound and body.
This project sets out to share a theater work across the Kyoto and Osaka region in order to revitalize the Kansai performing arts scene. Sibitt will play the main role for the Kyoto performances. As an MC for the hip-hop unit Origami and occasional poet, Sibitt’s unique voice will complete Matsumoto and Hayashi’s theatrical vision.


2016.3.12 (SAT) – 3.13 (SUN)

Venue : South Hall

Performance Time:120 minutes (TBC)

Start 3/12(Sat) 3/13(Sun)
15:00   ●*

*Post-performance talk
※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)


KYOTO EXPERIMENT OFFICE (11:00-19:00) 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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2015.12.8 (TUE)