Saburo Teshigawara - "Glass - Fragments of Time"
Teshigawara's appearance in Birmingham is his only one in the UK in 2008. The work takes the form of an installation at the new Ikon Eastside gallery, and is performed by himself and his group of dancers on a massive square made of countless broken glass pieces, which apparently reflect fragment of time.
Oddly the work seems to have had a number of names since its premiere in 2006. In Birmingham it goes by "Glass - Fragments of Time."
Le Figaro in France said "This is an abstract piece of great visual beauty... Aestheticism triumphs at each step. Speed, fluidity, extreme rigor... each
gesture has overwhelming force.... It is this fluctuation between violence and delicateness, this constant transition from one
atmosphere to the next, that creates an impact, hypnotizes the audience amazed by the troop's virtuosity."
The Yomiuri (a Japanese newspaper) said, "Driven to an extreme situation, the body, through hesitation gives out the most powerful and beautiful movements. The audience was deeply moved by the dance which was, so to speak, life itself."
15 and 16 May. Duration: 70 min. (with intermission)
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