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CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
Performances
> Sleeping Water (2017)
sleeping water
Sleeping Water © Aya Sakaguchi
Sleeping Water unfolds in a dreamlike landscape that invites the audience into "a floating world without borders" (RFI Radio France), that zone between wakefulness and sleep. The work is set to a soundtrack of Bach, Schnittke, the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black" and ambient electronica, and incorporates evocative stagecraft such as transparent furniture, floating set pieces, and shimmering surfaces.

Premiered the 9 February 2017 at Les Salins, scène nationale de Martigues (FR).
Revised version: 13 July 2017, Lincoln Center Festival (US), with Etoile Aurélie Dupont as special guest.

> The Idiot (2016)
the idiot
The Idiot © Akihito Abe
I was aware of the impossibility to create a dance piece from such a great novel.
Yet this impossibility was the key to approaching and creating something completely new.
A dance that only exists here.
With no usage of text at all, a pure dance piece is embodied from the novel. (...)
The Idiot told by the body, not as a literature. (Saburo Teshigawara)

Premiered the 8 June 2016 at Karas Apparatus, Tokyo (JP).

> Tristan and Isolde (2016)
tristan and isolde Excerpts of the music from Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde” is edited into an original and unique dance piece. 

Premiered the 8 June 2016 at Karas apparatus, Tokyo (JP).

> The Man with Blue Eyes (2015)
broken lights
The Man with Blue Eyes © Aya Sakaguchi
Choreography inspired by Polish writer Bruno Schulz’ Republic of Dreams.
Text and music and dance make this poetic world emerge.

Premiered the 8 July 2015 at Theatre X, Tokyo (JP)
> Broken Lights (2014)
broken lights
Broken Lights © Wonge Bergmann / Ruhrtriennale
In Broken Lights, created for the Ruhrtriennale 2014, then re-created in an adapted version at Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels in 2018, Saburo Teshigawa literally dances glass to pieces along with dancer Rihoko Sato. 
The sound of breaking gllass and reflecting light creates a situation in which the stage space and our sense of time transform constantly. In the tense relationship between the dancer and the material, new perspectives constantly open on movement and the body. With each performance, the stage fills with more and more broken glass.

Premiered the 12 September 2014 at Gebläsehalle, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, Ruhrtriennale (DE).
Recreated and adapted for the Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels (BE) in February 2018.

 

> SLEEP (2014)
sleep New performance with the Paris Opera's "etoile" Aurélie Dupont,
Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato and other dancers of Karas.

Premiered the 14th of August 2014 at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (JP).

> Second Fall (2013)
second fall Second Fall was conceived from a short story with the same title written by Polish writer Bruno Schulz.
Teshigawara is not trying to interpret Schulz's words, but he is searching for the hidden quality, smell and colors in between his words through a different vocabulary.

Premiered the 6th of September 2013 at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (JP).
> DAH-DAH-SKO-DAH-DAH (2012)
skinners
DAH-DAH-SKO-DAH-DAH © Jun Ishikawa
This choreography is inspired by the long poem Haratai Kenbairen written by Kenji Miyazawa and themed around the "kenbai" folk dance practised for over 100 years in the northern Iwate mountain village of Esashi.

The title DAH-DAH-SKO-DAH-DAH refers to the onomatopoeia expressing the beating of the kenbai taiko drums, the sound of the wind, and the pulsing of the heart. The dancer weaved through Miyazawa's mineral psyche in an air rich with noise music, music being ripped apart into proto-music grains and clusters of sound, transforming a physicalized space of dancers, objects and lighting.

DAH-DAH-SKO-DAH-DAH was first performed in 1991 and revised in 1994, and fully re-staged and adapted once again at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre as part of Festival/Tokyo the 23rd of November 2012 (JP).

> SKINNERS - dedicated to evaporating things (2010)
skinners
SKINNERS © Sakae Oguma
Group piece for 6 dancers.

With SKINNERS-dedicated to evaporating things, Saburo Teshigawara has gone one step further from his previous dance of cutaneous sensation that melts and synchronizes with the air and wind... Originally Saburo Teshigawara's dance bears within itself something far more intense and dangerous than how it may look from the outside. Now it has burst out of the skin, out into the exterior space. There are angelic time zones. And also time/space zones with the aggressive throbbing pulse of life.
(Yuichi Konno, dec. 2010)

Premiered the 26th of November 2010 at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Playhouse (JP).

> SHE (2009)

SHE © Sakae Oguma
SHE is a solo piece danced by Rihoko Sato, and directed by Saburo Teshigawara.
Sato is one of the main dancers of KARAS. Her unique and exceptional physicality and sensitivity has made her dance vocabulary grow beyond the dance method she has learned from Teshigawara.
A completely new dimension of dance improvisation.

Premiered the 20th of November 2009 at Kawasaki Art Center (JP).

> Mirror and Music (2009)

Mirror and Music © Sakae Oguma
Group piece, premiered the 25th of September 2009 at the New National Theatre of Tokyo (JP).
> Obsession (2009)

Obsession © Emmanuel Valette
A duet dance performed by Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato, inspired by Luis Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou. 

Premiered the 29th of May 2009 at Art Rock Festival in Saint Brieuc (FR).

> MIROKU (2007)

MIROKU © Bengt Wanselius
Originally created at the New National Theatre Tokyo in December 2007, MIROKU is based on the spirit to see the present from the eye of the future. For Teshigawara, dance is the continuity of the future completing each second before us. Sense of time emerges purely from the body movement, and thus space from the movement and time. The blue-box stage set changes its phase each moment with the magic of Teshigawara's lighting design.

Premiered the 8th of December 2007 at New National Theatre Tokyo (JP).

> Glass Tooth (2006)

Glass Tooth © Toshiaki Yamaguchi
Uncountable broken pieces of glass reflect time
Bodies collide, hesitate, and paradox multiplies
Life appears in an unknown land
Fragments of glass are fragments of time
Melt beyond meanings.

Exploring the not-yet seen aesthetics accompanied by prominent KARAS dancers,
Saburo Teshigawara performs on a massive square of countless broken glass fragments.

Premiered the 15th of December 2006 at New National Theatre Tokyo (JP).

Collaborations
> La Symphonie fantastique (2018) — with Orchestre national de Lyon
symphonie fantastique
© Akihito Abe
Duet by Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato on H. Berlioz's La Symphonie Fantastique, with Orchestre National de Lyon.

Premiere the 22nd September 2018 at Auditorium de Lyon, as part of Biennale de la danse (FR).

> Brandenburg Concerto 3 (2018) — with Pygmalion
brandenburg concerto
Saburo Teshigawara has been invited by Raphaël Pichon, director of Pygmalion, to dance with Rihoko Sato on Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, as part of the Bach Cycle - Lights program.

Premiered the 11 October 2017 at the Cité de la Musique - Philharmonie de Paris (FR).
> Flexible Silence (2017) — with Ensemble intercontemporain and the CNSMD Paris
flexible silence
© Toshi Yamaguchi
Cast: Rika Kato, Maria Chiara Mezzadri, Junya Okazaki, Rihoko Sato, Saburo Teshigawara, Eri Wanikawa (dancers), Odile Auboin (viola), Frédérique Cambreling (harp), Jérôme Comte (clarinet), Gilles Durot (percussion), Hideki Nagano (piano), Emmanuelle Ophèle (flute) from the Ensemble intercontemporain with the Ondes Martenot sextuor of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Paris.
Co-production Chaillot – Théâtre national de la danse / Ensemble intercontemporain.

Premiered the 23 February 2017 at the Théâtre national de Chaillot (FR).

> Partita No. 2 (2017) — with Sayaka Shoji
partita 2
© La Folle Journée à Nantes
Duet with Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato, with Sayaka Shoji (violin).

Premiered the 1st February 2017 at le lieu unique, La Folle journée à Nantes 2017 (FR).
> Up (2016) — with Yosuke Yamashita
Duet with Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato, with Yosuke Yamashita (piano).

Premiered the 07 October 2016 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (JP).
> Landscape (2014) — with Francesco Tristano
landscape
Landscape © Toshi Yamaguchi
Cast: Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato (dance), Francesco Tristano (piano and electronics).
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, John Cage and Franesco Tristano.

Premiere the 15th of October 2014 at Théâtre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines (FR).

Creations for other companies
> Transparent Monster (2018) — for the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine
transparent monster
Transparent Monster © Saburo Teshigawara
The piece for three dancers was created the 16 February 2018 at the BAM - La Boîte à musique, Metz (FR).

> Grand Miroir (2017) — for the Ballet of Paris Opera
grand miroir
© Saburo Teshigawara
Choreography for the Ballet of the National Opera of Paris.

With Grand miroir, his third creation for the Paris Opera, Saburo Teshigawara continues to pursue his concept of an open work, guided by his ever-vigilant creativity.
Choosing Esa-Pekka Salonen's Concerto for Violin and Charles Baudelaire's poem La musique, he works alchemist-like moving beyond artistic categories to explore the relationship between substance and movement.

Premiered the 25 October 2017 at the National opera of Paris - Palais Garnier (FR).
> Tranquil (2016) — for the Göteborg Opera Ballet
tranquilTranquil © Mats Bäcker The piece Tranquil is a search for tranquility. Tranquility as a resource of power for a human being.

Premiered the 16th of March 2016 at Göteborg Opera (SE).
> Metamorphosis (2014) — for Göteborg Opera Ballet
metamorphosis
Metamorphosis © Bengt Wanselius
Choreography inspired by Kafka's novels for Göteborg Opera Ballet.
Premiered the 8th of March 2014 at Göteborg Opera (SE).
> Darkness is Hiding Black Horses (2013) — for the Ballet of Paris Opera
darkness is hiding black horses
Darkness is Hiding Black Horses
© Agathe Poupeney / OnP
Choreography for the Ballet of Paris Opera.
Premiered the 31st of October 2013 at the Opera National de Paris - Palais Garnier (FR).
Opera staging
> Pygmalion (2018) — Jean-Philippe Rameau
pygmalion
Pygmalion © Saburo Teshigawara
Commissioned by the Drottningholms Slottsteater, Pygmalion is the sixth opera directed by Saburo Teshigawara.

Opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Libretto: Sylvain Ballot de Sauvot
Conductor: Vittorio Ghielmi
Direction, choreography, set, costumes and lighting design: Saburo Teshigawara
Singers: Anders J. Dahlin, Kerstin Avemo, Hanna Husáhr, Silvia Moi
Dancers: Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato, Quentin Roger
Drottningholms Slottsteater Orchestra and Chorus

Premiere the 28th of July 2018 at Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm (SE).

> The Magic Flute (2016) — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
magic flute Musical direction: Gaetano d'Espinosa
Direction, choreography, set, costume and light design: Saburo Teshigawara.

Premiere the 17th of September 2016 at Aichi Prefecture Arts Theater, as part of Aichi Triennale, Nagoya (JP).
> SOLARIS (2015) — Dai Fujikura
solaris
SOLARIS © Vincent Pontet
Opera by Dai Fujikura, based on Stanislas Lem's novel Solaris
Libretto, Direction, choreography, set, costume and light design: Saburo Teshigawara
Musical direction: Erik Nielsen
Orchestra: Ensemble Intercontemporain
Images and light co-designer: Ulf Langheinrich
Singers: Sarah Tynan, Leigh Melrose, Tom Randle, Callum Thorpe, Marcus Farnworth
Dancers: Saburo Teshigawara, Nicolas Le Riche, Rihoko Sato et Václav Kuneš

Commissioned by Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Lausanne, Ensemble intercontemporain and Ircam-Centre Pompidou
Production Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Co-production Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Lausanne and Ircam-Centre Pompidou.

Premiere the 5th of March 2015 at Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris (FR).

> Acis and Galatea (2011) — Georg Friedrich Haendel
Pastoral Opera in one act, libretto by John Gay, Alexander Pope and John Hughes.

Conductor: Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Stage director, stage design, costumes: Saburo Teshigawara

New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the Académie européenne de musique.
In co-production with Academia Opera Verona and Teatro La Fenice Venice With the support of ENOA.

Premiered the 9th of July 2011 at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (FR).

 
Installations
> DOUBLE DISTRICT (2008)

DOUBLE DISTRICT
This is a 3D video installation in a six-sided architectural container that the audience can look into and freely circulate around. One can experience the virtual reality as if dancers are really dancing inside this imaginary space.
DOUBLE DISTRICT was produced in collaboration with Volker Kuchelmeister for the ReACTOR designed by Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw.

Premiered the 18th of October 2008 as part of the group exhibition eLANDSCAPES in Shanghai eARTS Festival (CN).
> Fragments of Time (2008)

Fragments of Time © Bengt Wanselius
Fragments of Time is a 5 hour installation performance work. The set is a huge plane filled with broken pieces of glass. The lighting makes various reflections from the broken fragments of glass. This sensitively programmed lighting creates a completely different time sense. Throughout the installation time, there will be a dancer on the broken glass to show the contrast between the human body and the glass, including its numerous reflections of the light, and the live sound of the glass itself. The visitors can see various aspects of the body interacting with the glass.
> Light behind Light (2004)

Light behind Light © Sakae Oguma
In 2004, Saburo Teshigawara designed Light Behind Light, an installation related to the performance Luminous for the exhibition "Light!", presented at Borderline Festival in Maubeuge and Exit Festival in Creteil/Paris (FR) and more recently at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin (DE) in 2007, as part of "Von Funken zum Pixel exhibition".
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