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Chiten, meaning “locus” or “point”, is a theatre company led by director Motoi Miura. It specializes in performances created out of collages using fragments of existing texts. It employs an original linguistic style, deliberately delaying the cadence and rhythm of language to expose the raw sound of the words liberated from their meanings. This technique has frequently been recognized for its musical qualities. Rather than maintaining a single systematic methodology, Chiten explores a wide variety of approaches for the texts it adapts. Its major work includes a series of stagings of Chekhov plays, Brecht’s Fatzer, and Jelinek’s Kein Licht.
Originally based in Tokyo, Chiten moved to Kyoto in 2005. In 2013 it renovated a derelict former music venue to open an atelier space: UNDER-THROW. The name is derived from a Japanese-English word literally meaning “under pitching” and which usually refers to a submarine pitch in baseball. At the space Chiten performs a repertoire of previous productions and new works. In 2011, it performed The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya at the Meyerhold Centre in Moscow. It was invited to perform Coriolanus at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London as part of the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012. Alongside its acclaimed overseas tours, it regularly receives commissions for co-productions with public theatres and festivals in Japan, including the Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT) in Yokohama, Kyoto Experiment, and Festival/Tokyo.
The company currently has six permanent performers. All the members of the company appear in every production, whether that is acting over thirty roles in Shakespeare plays or performing texts that are fundamentally non-dramatic, such as the Constitution of Japan. The company aspires to arrive at new frontiers in technique and directing. Departing fully from realism, Chiten rehearsals are improvisational in nature in order create complex and difficult theatre through its unique critical interpretations.


Born in 1973, Miura graduated from the Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music. In 1996 he joined Seinendan Theater Company, where he worked as an assistant director to Oriza Hirata and as full-time staff at Komaba Agora Theatre. From 1999 he studied in Paris for two years on a government scholarship, learning directing, arts management and artistic directorship under Jacques Blanc. He returned to Japan in 2001 and started his work with his company CHITEN, directing Japan premières of plays by Jon Fosse and David Harrower. In 2005 he left Seinendan and moved to Kyoto, and won the Outstanding Performance Award at the Toga Director Contest. He has been re-creating the four masterpieces of Chekhov since 2007 and in the same year he received the Agency of Cultural Affairs New Director Award for his production of “The Cherry Orchard”. In 2010 he received the Kyoto Prefecture Culture Award and his first book on production theory “Is just being interesting OK?” was published. He has won many other awards. Among his productions are Philip Glassʼs opera “In the Penal Colony”(2008), Elfriede Jelinek’s “Kein Licht.”(2012), and Beltort Brecht’s “Fatzer”(2013) .






64-22 Kitashirakawakubota-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 606-8266
Tel +81-(0)75-888-5343
Fax +81-(0)75-888-5344
Mail info@chiten.org


21-B1F Kitashirakawakubota-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN 606-8266
Tel +81-(0)80-6189-9226