Partner of

Kyoto Experiment 2023

Poster of Kyoto Experiment 2023 festival - group of people in line tracing curved paths in the sand

Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels presents four shows by Lucinda Childs, revived by her niece Ruth Childs, as part of the Kyoto Experiment performing arts festival 2023.

 Kyoto Experiment is a performing arts festival held in Kyoto since 2010. Dedicated to producing and presenting experimental performing arts—both from Japan and overseas— the festival aims to explore and create new dialogues and values in society. Featuring experimental works that move freely between genres such as theater, dance, music and fine art, the festival hopes to open up new possibilities through the creations, experiences, and ideas that emerge from such a diverse combination.

 The festival's core concept for 2023 is the Japanese word maze maze literally meaning ‘mix mix’. This year’s lineup features experimental performing arts works that allow us to consider language, identity and culture as maze maze; as a mix of things. By considering these things as changeable, fluid and plural; for example by considering how languages constantly change and intermingle, we believe we can allow ourselves space to consider contemporary society in a multitude of alternative ways.

Visual : ©  Aiko Koike