On June 14, 2019, the Inamori Foundation announced the three 2019 winners of the prestigious Kyoto Prize. Created in 1985 on a model close to the Nobel Prize, this international distinction recognizes the significant contribution of personalities for the «improvement of humanity» in the fields of science, culture and technology.

“It is with great pride that I learned of this award in 2019 for Ariane Mnouchkine in the Arts and Philosophy ».

An emblematic figure of French theatre for more than fifty years, Ariane Mnouchkine and her troupe at the Théâtre du Soleil pursue a humanist vision of art, an unwavering commitment to the service of artists and constant attention to audiences.

This award recognizes his entire work and the considerable contribution his troupe has made to the history of theatre, both in France and around the world through major international tours that have brought the Sun and part of French culture to life.

Since its creation, the Kyoto Prize has rewarded many French personalities: composers Olivier Messiaen (1985) and Pierre Boulez (2009), mathematician André Weil (1994) choreographer Maurice Béjart (1999), philosopher Paul Ricœur (2000).

I am pleased that this year, a French woman is finally being rewarded with this award. I extend my warmest congratulations to Ariane Mnouchkine and, through her, to the entire Théâtre du Soleil team. May they continue to illuminate with their rays the happy spectators we are.”