“A magnificent epic of the human spirit.” —The Asahi (Tokyo)
One of the great international artists of our time, Japan’s Saburo Teshigawara erases the body and reaches for the dance of the soul. In a rare U.S. visit presented by the Walker Art Center and Northrop Dance at the University of Minnesota, Teshigawara performs Miroku, a work of striking visual beauty, rigor, and clarity. His newest solo is an exploration of space and velocity, creating an eternity where everything harmonizes with delicate yet powerful tension. Fluid movement becomes edgy and then blissfully still. Saburo Teshigawara/KARAS perform Miroku Thursday–Saturday, April 22–24, at 8 pm, in the Walker’s McGuire Theater.
Originally trained in ballet, Teshigawara gained renown for movement innovations based on investigations of elements such as air, gravity, buoyancy, and “how to collapse the body and how to rebuild it.” A truly multidisciplinary artist, he creates all aspects of his performances, from choreography and lighting to set and costume designs. He has also in recent years exhibited video and visual art installations at arts festivals around the world.
Saburo Teshigawara began his unique creative career in 1981 in his native Tokyo after studying plastic arts and classic ballet. In 1985, he formed the company KARAS with Kei Miyata. In addition to solo and company performances in major international cities and around the world, Teshigawara has garnered international attention as a choreographer/director. He has been commissioned by many international ballet companies, such as the Paris Opera, to create repertory pieces for the company.
Teshigawara has also received increasing international attention in the visual arts field and has designed the sets, lighting, and costumes for all his performances. His keenly honed sculptural sensibilities and powerful sense of composition, command of space, and his decisive dance movements combine to create a unique world that is his alone. Keen interests in music and space have led him to create site-specific works, in collaboration with musicians.
In addition to his ongoing workshops at the KARAS studio in Tokyo, Teshigawara has been involved in many educational projects, including a year-long workshop that culminated in Dance of Air produced by the New National Theatre Tokyo. STEP (Saburo Teshigawara Education Project) began in 1995, with partners in the UK, to develop similar projects. In 2004, he was selected as a dance mentor to work for one year with a chosen protégé for The Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative. Since 2006, he has been a professor at the Department of Expression Studies, the College of Contemporary Psychology, St. Paul’s (Rikkyo) University in Japan, where he teaches movement theory and conducts workshops. Through these various projects, Teshigawara continues to encourage and inspire young dancers.
Tickets to Saburo Teshigawara/KARAS performing Miroku are $35 ($31 Walker members and Northrop subscribers) and are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600. The McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar will be open at 7:30 pm and after the performances.
Preshow Tour: Miroku and Abstract Resistance
Thursday, April 22, 7 pm, Free with performance ticket
Meet in the Bazinet Garden Lobby
Join a 45-minute guided tour of the exhibition Abstract Resistance, focusing on works that echo Teshigawara’s creative process.