Celebration of Kyoto Prize Laureate
Joan Jonas


Joan Jonas, Reanimation, 2012. Performance at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy, Light Time Tales, 2014. Photos by Moira Ricci
Joan Jonas, Reanimation, 2012. Performance at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy, Light Time Tales, 2014. Photos by Moira Ricci
Joan Jonas, Reanimation, 2012. Performance at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy, Light Time Tales, 2014. Photos by Moira Ricci
Joan Jonas, Reanimation, 2012. Performance at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy, Light Time Tales, 2014. Photos by Moira Ricci

Joan Jonas is the pioneer of a highly original form of artistic expression fusing performance art and new media. Commemorating her receiving the 2018 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, this is the long-awaited premiere in Japan of one of her most recent major works, “Reanimation.”

Inspired by “Under the Glacier” (Kristnihald undir Jökli, 1968) by the Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness, “Reanimation” is a stark yet spellbinding denunciation of environmental destruction and the melting of the ice caps through global warming. Jazz pianist Jason Moran’s live performance resonates onstage with Jonas’s own reading of Laxness’s poetry as well as renditions of joik, traditional songs of the Sámi people indigenous to the Nordic region. Animated drawings by Jonas intersect with video imagery of mountains covered by ice caps. Nature and humankind. The sacred and the profane. These various elements diffuse through crystals, lyrically and lucidly evoking the complexity of our present reality.

Developed from a lecture-performance given in 2010 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which combined animation projected live with the artist’s early video work, “Reanimation” was first shown as an installation at dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012. This installation is on display at a solo exhibition at Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA that accompanies the performance. Experiencing these two versions of “Reanimation”—the performance presented in a theater space by the artist herself and an installation in an exhibition room with the artist absent—offers a compelling view of Jonas’s ideas and practice until now.

Jonas only signaled, through repetition rather than logical development, as the contours of a landscape dissolved like a magic lantern slide, or a glacier, wondrous and imperative.
(Glacial Pace: Joan Jonas’s “Reanimation”- Art in America by Gillian Young)

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Joan Jonas

ジョーン・ジョナス|Joan Jonas

In the early 1970s, Joan Jonas established a new artistic form by integrating performance art and video. Her remarkable achievements have earned her an esteemed reputation and respect as a pioneer in the fields of contemporary performance art and video art, and as an active artist who has pursued the exciting relationship between performance art and new digital media. In addition to solo exhibitions and performances at art museums around the world, she has presented at numerous international and special exhibitions, including documenta. She represented her country at the United States Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. From March to August 2018, she held a major retrospective exhibition at London’s Tate Modern.
Photo by Moira Ricci

Jason Moran

ジェイソン・モラン|Jason Moran

Jazz pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran hails from Houston, TX. He’s an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Jaki Byard. Upon graduation, he studied with Andrew Hill and Muhal Richard Abrams. Moran’s 18-year relationship with Blue Note Records produced 9 highly acclaimed recordings. His groundbreaking trio, The Bandwagon (with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits) is currently celebrating their 20th anniversary.
Moran’s performances with Cassandra Wilson, Charles Lloyd, and the late Sam Rivers reveal the scope of Moran’s partnerships and music making. He’s also worked with visual artists Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker, Stan Douglas and others. Recent awards and fellowships include the MacArthur Foundation, US Artists, Doris Duke Foundation and Ford Foundation. Moran collaborated with his wife, the mezzo-soprano/composer Alicia Hall Moran, as named artists in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, constructing BLEED, a five-day series of live performances spanning Motown to acupuncture to dance. They also created WORK SONGS for the 2015 Venice Biennial and continue to produce albums for their record label, YES RECORDS.

Since his first album, he has produced fourteen additional albums, created scores for Ava DuVernay’s films Selma and 13th, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ staged version of Between the World and Me. History is a recurring theme for Moran, who has mounted monumental touring works for Thelonious Monk (IN MY MIND: Monk at Town Hall 1959), Fats Waller (Fats Waller Dance Party, plus a Grammy-nominated album All Rise: An Elegy for Fats Waller) and James Reese Europe (James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin).

In 2018, Moran’s first solo museum exhibition opened at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, and traveled to ICA/Boston. The exhibition opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art in September 2019. Moran is currently the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center, teaches at New England Conservatory and Jazz Ahead, and curates the Artist’s Studio series for Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
photo by Clay Patrick McBride


Performance of “Reanimation”

in Celebration of Kyoto Prize Laureate Joan Jonas

Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2019 / 7:00 PM (doors open: 6:45 PM)
Venue: ROHM Theatre Kyoto, South Hall

Performers: Joan Jonas, Jason Moran (piano)

All seats reserved
25 and Under: ¥1,000
For 25 and Under tickets, proof of age is required when collecting tickets from the box office before the performance.

Advance tickets had been sold out. Day Tickets will be available starting from 18:00 at the South hall entrance.

ROHM Theatre Kyoto
13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City 606-8342 Japan

Presented by the Inamori Foundation
Co-presented by ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation)
Planned and produced by ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Planned with the cooperation of Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA

稲盛財団 京都市立芸術大学 ロームシアター KUCA