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 Post subject: Teshigawara / Karas
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2003 3:47 pm 

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 Post subject: Re: Teshigawara / Karas
PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2003 6:54 am 

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Breath of Light
- Saburo Teshigawara/Karas in "Luminous"

by Donald Hutera for CriticalDance/Dance Umbrella

As choreographer, dancer and designer of the productions of KARAS, the company he and Kei Miyata formed in 1985, Saburo Teshigawara has earned both international recognition and cult status in his native Japan. Trained in classical ballet as well as the plastic arts, he moves as if he wished to ditch his ingrained academic refinement. The tension inside him – formality versus abandonment – is startling to watch. Liquid yet cutting, the compact, shaven-headed dancer slips between sculptural stillness and whirlwind speed with mesmerising skill.

Teshigawara performs in Luminous, a visually daring show built round the sometimes enigmatic interactions of light, sound and motion. The two-part production occupies a transformative, black and white world disturbed by opacity or reflection.

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 Post subject: Re: Teshigawara / Karas
PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2003 3:57 am 

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Review from The Times.

A CULT figure in Japan, Saburo Teshigawara is a contemporary Renaissance man who choreographs, dances in and designs the sets, costumes and lighting for productions by his company Karas (Japanese for “crow”). He’s also fêted in Europe where he has received commissions from the likes of Ballett Frankfurt and the Paris Opera Ballet.

And from The Guardian.

Sabura Teshigawara creates strange and beautiful worlds for his dances to inhabit. In previous shows he has lined the stage with a thousand books and scattered the floor with shards of glass, but the canvas he creates in Luminous is one of the most extraordinary so far of his career.

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 Post subject: Re: Teshigawara / Karas
PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2003 5:31 am 

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As the title suggests Saburo Teshigawara’s “Luminous“ is concerned with illumination, both visual and perhaps also inward. The first half offers us entry into Teshigawara’s world of elegant design with silhouettes on small square screens rather like dancers in boxes. As choreographer, designer and composer of the work, when the charismatic Teshigawara begins to dance he is inviting us into his own created universe. As this lengthy work progresses he is joined by a small corps of female dancers, each a totally individual physical type with the versatility to portray, the drama and humour which develops throughout the evening.

The second half begins rather enigmatically with a dancer in what looks like a nuns habit suspended above the stage. Dancers in luminous costumes swoop across the stage looking headless and eerie and classical music begins to interrupt the gravelly electronic score. A lyrical mood develops as Teshigawara dances first alone and then with Stuart Jackson. Jackson is blind and has learning difficulties, but he was also born to dance. I’ve watched dancers with disabilities before and their inclusion in productions can often lead the spectator to feel they are witnessing a therapy session rather than a performance. But Jackson is capable of communicating a glowing happiness on stage. When he dances he radiates a joyous sense of freedom and enjoyment, holding his own against the magnetic Teshigawara as he dances to the gorgeous middle movement of Mozart’s clarinet concerto. I will never listen to that music again without thinking of Stuart Jackson. Towards the end actor Evroy Deer added to the moving atmosphere of the evening by reciting what for me is Shakespeare’s loveliest speech, “We are such stuff as dreams are made of…..” and I heard someone sitting behind me softly weeping, literally moved to tears.

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