Japan’s great choreographer reimagines Wagner’s opera of doomed love
“A fabulous dancer. Liquid yet cutting, he slips between sculptural stillness and whirlwind speed with amazing skill” The Times
“He seems to have come from another planet and frontiered a new aspect of dance” Der Tagesspiegel
“Japan’s most important choreographer” The New York Times
Choreographer, dancer, designer, writer, installation and visual artist – Saburo Teshigawara is one of the all-round greats in the world of contemporary performance.
He began his creative career in Tokyo in 1981, going on to form his world-famous company KARAS four years later.
Teshigawara both directed and designed Turandot for the 1999 Edinburgh Festival, has made films and videos, and top dance
houses Paris Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater have all commissioned his work for their repertoire. His huge collection of professional honours stretches back decades with four Japan Dance Critic Awards, the Munich Dance Critic Award in 1993, and the New York Dance and Performance Award in 2007. He has been awarded France's prestigious cultural distinction of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2017.
Teshigawara’s Tristan and Isolde transforms Wagner’s opera of impossible love and its inevitable, tragic consequences into a unique movement work for two dancers. Elements of Wagner’s score together with the choreographer’s unique sculptural sensibilities and decisive dance imagery magically fill the space. The performers are Teshigawara himself and his long-time stage partner Rihoko Sato.
Everyone who loves great artistry should see this production, which brings together all the classic Teshigawara hallmarks – a complete
sensorial experience in which poetry and symbolism override mere narrative.
Direction, lighting design
Technical coordination/Lighting assistant
EPIDEMIC (Richard Castelli, assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud, Claire Dugot)
Approx 1 hr with no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted