Saburo Teshigawara Project
31 October – 5 November 2017
On 31 October, Teatro Ariosto will host the European opening of Tristan and Isolde (the world premiere took place in Tokyo in June 2016), starring Rihoko Sato and Teshigawara himself. The work is constructed upon excerpts from Richard Wagner's monumental opera Tristan and Isolde, re-imagined and rearranged as an original music and dance piece. The composition, with a musical texture characterised by repetition, rests on a belief in the fatality of doomed romance, in the infinite spiritual and metaphysical bond that exists between lovers, and in death as the only possible conclusion to love's journey. In keeping with Teshigawara's artistic vision, the choreography is a poetical voyage which spans diverse means of expression. Ostensibly lacking in narrative, the work gives precedence to the sensual over the rational: the bodies of the dancers, who play the star-crossed lovers, reach for our souls as ineffable messengers of the unspeakable.
Teshigawara, known for writing lines of poetry to accompany his own works, penned the following for Tristan and Isolde:
From 1 to 5 November, the rooms of the Collezione Maramotti will house Pointed Peak, an original site-specific performance which Teshigawara created specifically for the occasion. The five repeats, starring the choreographer himself along with Rihoko Sato and Eri Wanikawa, represent a once-off opportunity to attend the show in the very place that inspired it and to which it is dedicated. When Teshigawara first visited the site last March, the history-rich spaces and the works of art housed inside triggered a strong emotional response in the choreographer, who immediately connected those sensations with important elements of his own artistic vision, such as his concept of movement as an existential condition. His is an intense, fluid and elegant physicality – one which is traversed by air and where air is both space and spirit. The inner and outer world come together in a style which has its roots in Japanese and martial tradition yet opens itself to western aesthetics, in creating sensory, poetic experiences laden with symbols and allusions.
31 October 2017
1-5 November 2017
supported by The Japan Foundation, Tokyo
Free admission on a first come first serve basis, reservation is recommended: tel. +39 0522 382484 / email: email@example.com
A. Ghani, Wenn ich mit ihr ringe, bemerke ich, dass die Schwerkraft gegen mich ist (It. transl.), in "Interview.de", 8 Nov. 2017
M. C. Bizzarri, N. Dusi, Danzare sui vetri, in "Doppiozero.com", 14 Jan. 2018