Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato (JP): Obsession

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There will be a post-show discussion after the performance on 14 November with choreographer Saburo Teshigawara, moderated by journalist Nóra Balkányi. Everybody welcome!

A duet dance inspired by Luis Buñuel's "Un Chien Andalou". An inner obsession tears apart the conscious. Impossible desires become reality only through irrational love.

Love is crystalized into the seasons by death. The piece is constructed around the prelude of Tristan and Isolde by Wagner, Tango and noise music. KARAS was formed in 1985 with Saburo Teshigawara and Kei Miyata. The group's aim was to search for a 'new form of beauty'. 'Dance' is a form of art that consists not only of dance but also of elements of art, music, conscience methodology and historical view. KARAS began considering all such factors through the fusion of physical movement, visual art, rock and classical music.  

Saburo Teshigawara began his unique creative career in 1981 in his native Tokyo after studying plastic arts and classic ballet. In 1985, he formed KARAS with Kei Miyata and started group choreography and their own activities. Since then, he and KARAS have been invited every year to perform in major international cities around the world. In addition to solo performances and his work with KARAS, SaburoTeshigawara has also been receiving international attention as a choreographer/director. He has been commissioned by many international Ballet companies such as the Paris Opera to create repertoire pieces for the company. Teshigawara has likewise received increasing international attention in the visual arts field, with art exhibitions, films/videos as well as designing scenography, lighting and costume for all his performances.

Teshigawara’s keenly honed sculptural sensibilities and powerful sense of composition, command of space and his decisive dance movements all fuse to create a unique world that is his alone. Keen interests in music and space have led him to create site-specific works, and collaboration with various types of musicians.

Besides the continuous workshops at the KARAS studio in Tokyo, Saburo Teshigawara has been involved in many education projects. Recent young members of the company KARAS are from the project Dance of Air, an educational project bringing out a performance as a culmination of a year-long workshop process, produced by the New national Theatre Tokyo. S.T.E.P. (Saburo Teshigawara Education Project) has been initiated since 1995 with partners in the UK, also in the same style as Dance of Air. In 2004, he was selected as the mentor of dance for The Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, to work for one year with a chosen protégé. From 2006 to 2013, he taught at the College of Contemporary Psychology, St. Paul’s (Rikkyo) University in Japan. Since 2014, he is professor at the Tama Art University, department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance. Through these various projects, Saburo Teshigawara continues to encourage and inspire young dancers, together with his creative work.

Since 2013, he has established his own private creative space KARAS APPARATUS in Ogikubo, Tokyo. Here, he constantly creates a performance series called “Update Dance”.

Choreography, set design, lighting design, costume design: Saburo Teshigawara
Music Compilation: Saburo Teshigawara Sonatas for Solo Violin OP27 by Eugene Ysaÿe, performed by Fanny Clamagirand (Ysaÿe Records)
Cast: Rihoko Sato, Saburo Teshigawara
Technical Coordination/lighting: Sergio Pessanha
Sound: Tim Wright
Stage Manager: Markus Both
Wardrobe: Eri Wanikawa
Production: KARAS
Production, touring: Epidemic (Richard Castelli, Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud, Claire Dugot)
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2015, The Japan Foundation

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