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Ryuichi Sakamoto collaborated with Shiro Takatani (of Dumb Type) for the presentation of their newest and final theatrical piece, TIME, which will make its premiere in Japan.
Following his renowned work, LIFE a ryuichi sakamoto opera 1999, Sakamoto crafted an entirely original score while leading its concept and co-creating with visual artist Shiro Takatani. Featuring performances by Min Tanaka, Mayumi Miyata (sho player), and Rin Ishihara, TIME presents a world where sound, installations, and visual art intersect and where light and water merge to produce a myriad of dreams that seamlessly blend within the theatre space.
*Japanese performance with English subtitles.


Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani

Ryuichi Sakamoto | Sound + Concept
Shiro Takatani | Visual Design + Concept

Min Tanaka | Dancer
Mayumi Miyata | Shō player
Rin Ishihara | Dancer

Noh flute: Rokurobyoue Fujita, the 11th grand master of Fujita School of Noh flute (recorded in June, 2018)

Lighting Design: Yukiko Yoshimoto
Media Authoring/Programing: Ken Furudate, Satoshi Hama, Ryo Shiraki
Costume Design: Sonya Park
Costume Production: ARTS&SCIENCE
Production Manager: Simon MacColl
Stage Manager: Nobuaki Oshika
Front of House Engineer: ZAK
Filming Assistant: Shuta Shimmyo
Graphic Design Assistant for Video: Takuya Minami
Additional Audio Engineer: Alec Fellman (KAB America Inc.)
Additional Assistant Audio Engineer: Maria Takeuchi (KAB America Inc.), Makoto Kondo (Office INTENZIO)
Production Assistant: Mai Yuda (Kab Inc.)

English translation of “Dream #1” from “Ten Nights of Dreams” by Natsume Soseki & “KANTAN”: Sam Bett
Modern Japanese translation of "KANTAN": Rurihiko Hara
English translation of “The Butterfly Dream”: Neo Sora

Special thanks to Dr. Shin-Ichi Fukuoka for his advice during the conceptualization of the project.

Produced by Richard Castelli, Norika Sora, Yoko Takatani
In co-production with Holland Festival - Amsterdam, deSingel - Antwerpen, Manchester International Festival
Developed in collaboration with Dumb Type Office, KAB America Inc., Epidemic
Production & Tour Management: Richard Castelli, Florence Berthaud (Epidemic)

Organized by PARCO Co.,Ltd., The Asahi Shimbun, Shueisha-T JAPAN / Assisted by J-WAVE, TOKYO FM, interfm, TBS RADIO
Organized by ABC TV, Sunrise Promotion Osaka, PARCO Co.,Ltd., The Asahi Shimbun, Shueisha-T JAPAN / Co-organized by ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation)

Special sponsorship by Shabondama Soap Co., Ltd.

Assistant stage manager: Hiroshi Isoda, Sound: resonate with, Lighting: Lightship, Video: International Creative, Stage set production: Shimizu Octo, Wardrobe assistant: Towazukuri

Public relations graphic design: Takuya Minami

I thought to create a theater piece that could exist without the boundaries that separate performance and installation art. Working under the banner of the title TIME, I purposefully challenged myself to deny the notion of time itself.

(excerpt from the book, How Many More Times Will I Watch the Full Moon Rise published in 2023 by Shinchosha in Japan)

Ryuichi Sakamoto

After spending a long time working on the creation of TIME with Ryuichi, we are finally able to present it in Japan. Coincidentally, the first day of the Tokyo performance is the first anniversary of his death. When I heard the news of his demise, I was speechless with grief in light of this coincidence. It was a miracle premiering in 2021 in Amsterdam, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr. Min Tanaka, Ms. Mayumi Miyata, and the entire team working together accomplished its first performance with Ryuichi. I have had the good fortune to work with him on many productions and have learned a great deal in the process. We discussed many things about "time", from various angles, during its production. He gave much thought and passion to creating TIME. Like his other works, TIME is full of Ryuichi’s ideas. The simple structure of TIME is interwoven with many layers of thought, and I will continue to deepen my understanding of the profound meaning of his plot with each successive performance. The sound of Mr. Rokurobyoue Fujita's flute at the end of the play was recorded during the stage performance directed by Mr. Moriaki Watanabe. Sadly, this was his last performance before his death. We created this scene with Ryuichi’s strong will. Everything is like a miracle and a dream and yet exists, in "time”

Shiro Takatani

Human beings do not live only in the present nor do we sleep only in the present. We dance our hearts out and live beyond the present. Mr. Ryuichi Sakamoto and I talked about this for a long time, and it is a discussion that I will continue. It was a conversation inside of silence. One day, I was asked to participate in TIME, a theatre piece directed by Mr. Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani. I instinctively wanted to immerse my body in their resonance on stage. The preparations have long been made. The Japanese tour of TIME will begin soon. I wonder if I will be able to talk with Mr. Sakamoto again then

Min Tanaka

Space, sound, and words are all born from silence, and are eventually absorbed into silence in the end.
I spent an invaluable time in the Netherlands, surrounded by a great silence.
What a joy it is to be able to share this happiness with you again in Japan.
I am sure that Mr. Sakamoto will come riding on a fluffy cloud.
I am looking forward to the spring of 2024

Mayumi Miyata

So, what kind of trip shall I take this time? What kinds of preparations should I make? How will my breath feel when I get there? I don't care if I can't return! Let's dive into the fantasy with all our might. We all are one of the small lives endlessly drifting on the current of a great river through many vicissitudes. Still, I want to keep experiencing the fleeting moments that make us feel warm inside, even while feeling vulnerable. Isn't that right?

Rin Ishihara

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto was a composer, producer, and artist born in Tokyo. His diverse résumé includes pioneering electronic works in the legendary techno group Yellow Magic Orchestra, producing pop albums and numerous classical compositions, two operas, and nearly 45 original film/TV scores for directors, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Pedro Almodóvar, Brian De Palma, and Alejandro González Iñárritu.
His film soundtracks have won prestigious awards, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and many more. Sakamoto also made considerable contributions to the art world with both solo and collaborative installations and multi-piece exhibitions presented in galleries and museums worldwide.

On January 17th, 2023, his 71st birthday, Ryuichi released "12", his 15th solo album. The new album is a collection of 12 songs selected from musical sketches Sakamoto recorded like a sound diary during his two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.
In the years leading up to his death, Sakamoto could no longer perform live. Single concerts, not to mention sprawling global tours, were too taxing. Despite this, in late 2022, Sakamoto mustered all of his energy to leave the world with one final performance: a concert film featuring just him and his piano.
A celebration of an artist's life in the purest sense, Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus is the definitive swan song of the beloved maestro.

Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away in March 2023 at the age of 71.
In memory of Ryuichi, his family and friends launched TREES FOR SAKAMOTO, a tree planting initiative to enable fans to donate to planting trees in various regions simply and transparently.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

PHOTO BY NEO SORA ©2020 Kab Inc.

Shiro Takatani

Born in 1963, Shiro Takatani studied environmental design at Kyoto City University of Arts. He joined the artist collective Dumb Type in 1984 as one of the founding members. In 1998, he began individual activities in parallel with Dumb Type. He created his own performance La Chambre Claire (premiered in 2008, Theater der Welt, Germany), CHROMA (premiered in 2012, Biwako Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Shiga) and ST/LL (Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto and others/Premiered in 2015, Le Volcan – Scène Nationale du Havre, France). His works have been presented, among others, at the National Theater & Concert Hall Taipei, Festival de Marseille, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. In 2022, Dumb Type created a new installation 2022 for the Japan Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, welcoming Ryuichi Sakamoto as a new member. “Japan Pavilion Exhibition in Tokyo—From the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia | Dumb Type, 2022: remap” was held at the Artizon Museum in Tokyo in 2023

Shiro Takatani

Min Tanaka

Born in 1945, Min Tanaka studied classical ballet and modern dance in 1966. He began pursuing his own form of dance and physical expression in 1974. His overseas debut was at Time-Space of Japan—MA exhibition at the Paris Autumn Festival (Louvre Museum of Decorative Arts) in 1978. His performances, infinitesimal and extremely gradual movements to unearth the potentials of the body, transcended dance and made an impact as a new form of artistic expression. From 1985 to the present, he has pursued a deeper physicality by moving to a mountain village and leading an agrarian life. Since his first appearance in the film The Twilight Samurai (Directed by Yoji Yamada, 2002), he has expanded his scope of activities by appearing and exhibiting his unique presence and distinctive acting ability in many films. He is the author of Bokuwa Zutto Hadakadatta and co-author of Ishindenshin. He also published photo books Last Movement: Itaru Hirama/Min Tanaka, Min Tanaka—Between Mountain and Sea: Photography by Masato Okada, and Photosynthesis MIN by Keiichi TAHARA. In 2022, his full-scale feature-length documentary film The Unnameable Dance was released (Directed by Isshin Inudo).

Min Tanaka

Mayumi Miyata

Mayumi Miyata is the leading exponent internationally of the traditional oriental instrument, SHO. She actively pursues the diverse potential of the SHO both in classical gagaku and contemporary music, in collaboration with orchestras. After graduating from the Kunitachi College of Music with a degree in piano, she studied gagaku (ancient Japanese court music) and has participated in gagaku performances at the National Theatre of Japan since 1979. She has performed classical gagaku works and contemporary works by Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Helmut Lachenmann, and Toshio Hosokawa with the Saito Kinen Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa; the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit; the New York Philharmonic under Andre Previn; the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy; the Royal Opera Orchestra of Belgium conducted by Kazushi Ohno; the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Nott; the Orchestre National de Lyon conducted by Quasi-Merkle; the Munich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alexander Liebreich; the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and the WDR Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, she has participated in music festivals in Salzburg, Vienna Moderne, Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Paris Autumn, Avignon, Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, and Tanglewood and has given recitals in Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, and New York. Her performance of Kimigayo at the opening ceremony of the 1998 Nagano Olympics attracted worldwide attention. She received the Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists, the Avon Women of the Year Award for Art, the Kenzo Nakajima Award, the Yokohama Culture Award Encouragement Prize, the Japanese Traditional Culture Promotion Award, the Keizo Saji Award, the Matsuo Performing Arts Award for Excellence, Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize, Medal with Purple Ribbon in the 2018 Autumn Medal, and the Japan Foundation Award for International Exchange for 2021

Mayumi Miyata

Rin Ishihara

Rin Ishihara

In 1994, she debuted in the music-image drama Hamlet: The Pale Cast of Thought, produced by NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster. In 1996, she performed with Hideo Kanze, a prominent Noh actor, in Min Tanaka’s stage production of A Thousand Years of Pleasure (Sennen no yuraku, the original story by Kenji Nakagami). In 2006, she began a full-fledged solo career, and her ongoing series of works The Showa Era—What’s the Weight of Its Body? with music by Keiji Haino and choreography by Min Tanaka, has become one of her major works. Her other key works include the open-air performance Stranger on August 15 and choreography for the music video of The Weeknd’s Belong To The World, in addition to films and TV dramas. She is Min Tanaka’s one and only “disciple” and concurrently his manager and producer navigating his projects together. She also participates in directorial aspects of his performances, such as joining his site-specific and improvisational dance project Locus Focus as a live sound operator

Rin Ishihara



March 28 (Thu) - April 14 (Sun), 2024
The New National Theatre, Tokyo MAP

S seat: 15,000 yen
A seat: 12,500 yen
U-18 ticket: 3,500 yen
(All seats reserved. Tax included.)

U-18 ticket (for those 18 years old or younger at the time of the performance)
・You will be required to present your ID (showing date of birth—no photocopies or images, only original is valid) when exchanging your reserved seat ticket on the day of the performance.
When exchanging a reserved seat ticket for a reserved seat ticket on the day of the performance, you will be asked to present your ID (showing date of birth—no photocopies or images permitted, original only valid).

Running time: Approx. 80 minutes (no intermission)


for English, 简体中文, 繁體中文

Japanese language only
*Due to system limitations, access from outside Japan is not recommended.

Tickets are handled only on the web for each playguide.
Tickets for this performance may not be transferred for a fee without the organizer’s consent.
Tickets will not be refunded except in the case of performance cancellation.
Preschool children are not allowed to enter the venue.
If you plan to attend the performance in
a wheelchair, please purchase S-seat tickets in advance and contact Sunrise Promotion Tokyo at 0570-00-3337 (weekdays from 12:00 to 15:00) with your seat number by the day before the performance date. On the day of the performance, an attendant will guide you to the wheelchair space. Please note that wheelchair spaces are limited, and you may be asked to watch the play in the seat you have purchased. Please contact Sunrise Promotion Tokyo before purchasing tickets to inquire about the availability of wheelchair spaces.
Seats in the New National Theatre Playhouse are shaped like stairs. Wheelchair users are not allowed to go directly to their seats except for wheelchair spaces.

Inquiry about tickets

Sunrise Promotion Tokyo 0570-00-3337 (weekdays 12:00-15:00)

Inquiry about the show

PARCO STAGE 03-3477-5858

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April 27 (Sat) -28 (Sun), 2024
ROHM Theatre Kyoto MAP

S seat: 15,000 yen
A seat: 12,500 yen
U-18 ticket: 3,500 yen
(All seats reserved. Tax included.)

U-18 Ticket (for those 18 years old or younger at the time of the performance)
ID required (no photocopies, no images; only the original is valid) exchangeable for reserved seat tickets on the day of the performance.
No admission of preschool children.
Resale for profit is prohibited.

Running time: Approx. 80 minutes (no intermission)


Ticket Pia
Seven-Eleven, Ticket Pia stores, Ticket Pia website

Lawson Ticket
Loppi in LAWSON stores and Ministop

FamilyMart stores

CN Playguide
TEL 0570-08-9999 (10:00-18:00)

Rakuten Ticket

Rohm Theater Kyoto Ticket Counter
13 Okazaki Saikyoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8342, Japan
(Both at the counter and by phone: 10:00 – 17:00 / Open all year round * Subject to change due to temporary closing days, etc.)
*Service may be shortened to prevent the spread of Covid infection.
Online ticket

Kyoto Concert Hall Ticket Counter
1-26, Shimogamo-Hangi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0823
TEL 075-711-3231
(Both at the counter and by phone: 10:00-17:00 / Closed on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month *If the Monday is a holiday, the next day will be closed.)


KYODO Information 0570-200-888 (11:00-18:00 *Closed on Sundays and holidays)

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photo:Yoko Takatani

photo:Sanne Peper



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