Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, in agreement with the City of Strasbourg, the Regional Council of the Great East and the European Community of Alsace, gave his approval to the proposal to appoint Kaori Ito to the management of the TJP, Centre Dramatique National de Strasbourg-Grand East.

Born in Japan into a family of artists, Kaori Ito trained at a young age in classical and contemporary dance in New York before becoming a performer for the greatest European choreographers. In 2015, she created in France the company Himé which conducts a work between dance and theatre. His shows are based on the writing of raw and intimate texts that constitute a matter from which arise movements necessary for the expression of the body.

Kaori Ito intends to make the TJP a place of multiform theatre, intercultural and for all generations, which establishes an artistic dialogue with children. They will be invited to put their dreams into words, create or schedule shows. It wishes to strengthen the TJP as a national and international reference point for young audiences, in the fields of theatre and puppetry, and with a view to a great disciplinary openness and constant hybridization of forms.

Convinced that theatre can “repair the world”, she proposes an open and multidisciplinary project, concerned about the care given to those who live in it.

Camille Trouvé and Brice Berthoud, Olivier Martin-Salvan, Justine Emard, Juliette Steiner, Vimala Pons, Clément Dazin, Fabrice Melquiot, Emilie Flacher and the companies La Belle Meunière and the Munstrum Theatre will form a committee of multidisciplinary artists who will live alongside the TJP. Kaori Ito wants their projects to reach beyond the walls of the theatre, throughout Strasbourg, and to meet audiences from Alsace, the Great East and the transboundary basin of the European Capital.   

Kaori Ito will take up his duties on 1er January 2023, succeeding Renaud Herbin, who will continue, with his company l'Etendue, his artistic career of excellence. Rima Abdul-Malak salutes the latter’s action at the head of the TJP, which he has made a recognized institution for its singular artistic line, marked by a desire to break down the barriers between disciplines and generations.