June 11 & 12 at 8 p.m.
Duration: 1 h
June 11: Meet the artists after the performance
Regular Price: 60$ / 52$ / 35$
25 and under, 65 and over: 50$ / 41$ / 25$
Tickets also on sale at Place des Arts: 514-842-2112
A choreographer, dancer and visual artist, Saburo Teshigawara is keenly aware of the power of images. His dance pieces contain striking imagery, and he has become one of the most important artists of our time. A classically trained dancer, Teshigawara has created dance movement that exists in space like vapour particles, in the Japanese manner of letting art be disclosed gradually, while retaining an element of mystery. Miroku, Future Buddha. Miroku is the Buddha who will appear once the world is in harmony. But for Teshigawara harmony is never achieved, for it demands constant struggle. In the stark, bare space, the stage design consists of lighting only. The dancer is a silhouette, a brightly lit monster or a shadow giant. In his superarticulated and extremely precise body, equilibrium occurs when opposites brush against one another. Here arms and legs move with the fluidity of seaweed; there nervous staccatos decompose the movement into the jolting motion of an old silent movie. It is an acute presence, a technique of being fully engaged. This is an exceptional choreographic encounter with Teshigawara, an opportunity to celebrate his return to Montreal after a ten-year absence.
In 1985 Teshigawara founded the dance company KARAS (the Japanese word for crow) with the dancer Kei Miyata, their goal being to search for a new form of beauty. He has since created some fifteen ensemble dance pieces for KARAS. The 2007 work Miroku is the most recent of eight solos of his. His 1991 solo Bones in Pages was remounted in 2003, and received the prestigious Bessie Award. Here to Here was first presented in 1995 and remounted in 2007, and Light Behind Light made its dĂ©but in 2000. At last yearâ€™s Series Danse Danse in Montreal, he presented Para-Dice, choreographed for the Ballet du Grand ThĂ©Ă˘tre in Geneva.
â€śTeshigawara transformed his body quality skilfully, erasing the body and reaching the dance of the soul. [â€¦] a magnificent epic of the human spirit.â€ť
Kumiko Murayama, The Asahi, December 2007
Produced by Karas + New National Theatre Tokyo
Choreography, Performance, Set, Lighting and Costume Design: Saburo Teshigawara
Music Compilation: Neil Griffiths + Kei Miyata + Saburo Teshigawara
Production + tournĂ©es: Epidemic
Presented by Festival TransAmĂ©riques
In Association with Place des Arts