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KARAS – Saburo Teshigawara – Rihoko Sato
December 3 – 4, 2022
The notes of Mahler, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Ravel – their adagios – accompany this new work by Saburo Teshigawara, one of the most prominent choreographers and performers on the international dance scene, who was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2022 Venice Biennale. Teshigawara returns to Triennale Milano with a work in which his actions and movements alternate and combine with those of his “muse” and historic collaborator, Rihoko Sato, as though in a kind of ritual. On the stage, as the words are set aside, the bodies of the two dancers remain alone, suspended in an unreal time, in search of an essence that only the encounter of music and dance can attain. The duets of Teshigawara and Sato, like choreographic poetry, reveal the power and magic of bodies in movement.
Through his ability to imagine and construct entire artistic ecosystems, in which dance represents the central element of a broader visual and sensory experience, Saburo Teshigawara has inspired several generations of artists. Also a painter, designer, opera director and creator of installations and films, Teshigawara was born in Japan in 1953 and began his career in Tokyo after studying plastic arts and classical ballet. The artist is now considered one of the leading international choreographers and dancers in the field of contemporary dance. In over forty years of activity he has received numerous prestigious awards, including a lifetime achievement Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale and the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic.
Dancer and choreographer Rihoko Sato is one of the key figures in Teshigawara's creative universe. She joined his company, KARAS, in 1996, and since then has taken part as a performer and artistic collaborator in all Teshigawara's productions. Over the years she has been awarded the Prix Ballet2000 for best dancer, the Japan Dance Forum Award and the Art Encouragement Prize from the Japanese Ministry of Culture.
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Running time 60’
choreography, lighting design: Saburo Teshigawara in collaboration with: Rihoko Sato costumes: Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato music: Gustav Mahler, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel, Anton Bruckner danced by: Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato production: KARAS created: 13 November 2021 – KARAS APPARATUS, Tokyo (Japan)
2022 tour is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan