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In Performance: Saburo Teshigawara’s Glass Tooth (Tokyo, Japan)

Saburo Teshigawara’s Glass Tooth

Pieces of glass reflect the fragment of time. Bodies confront, waver in unquantifiable contradictions amplify and explore the unknown aesthetics. Accompanied by prominent KARAS dancers, Saburo Teshigawara performs on a massive square made of countless broken glass pieces.
Premiered in Tokyo, on 15th, 16th, 17th December 2006.

Currently on tour.

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Duration: 70 min. (with intermission)
Production: KARAS (Tokyo)
Co-production: The New National Theatre (Tokyo)
Choreography, Set design, Lighting Design, Costume: Saburo Teshigawara
Artistic collaboration: Kei Miyata
Choreography assistant: Rihoko Sato

On Tour

Romaeuropa Festival
Auditorium Conciliazione / Rome, Italy
2nd October, 2009

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Saburo Teshigawara

Saburo Teshigawara began his unique creative career in 1981 in his native Tokyo after studying plastic arts and classic ballet. In 1985, he formed KARAS with Kei Miyata and started group choreography and their own activities. Since then, he and KARAS have been invited every year to perform in major international cities around the world.

In addition to solo performances and his work with KARAS, Teshigawara has also been receiving international attention as a choreographer/director. In 1994/95 he choreographed for the Ballet Frankfurt at the invitation of William Forsythe, “Le Sacre du Printemps” for the Bayern National Ballet in 1999, Netherland Dance Theater I in 2000. In February 2003, Teshigawara was invited to choreograph a new piece “AIR” for the Paris Opera. Also for the Ballet du Grand,Théâtre de Genève, choreographed“Para-Dice” in 2002, recently “VACANT” in May 2006.

Teshigawara has likewise received increasing international attention in the visual arts field, with art exhibitions, films / videos as well as designing scenography, lighting and costume for all his performances.

Teshigawara’s keenly honed sculptural sensibilities and powerful sense of composition, command of space and his decisive dance movements all fuse to create a unique world that is his alone. Keen interests in music and space have led him to create site-specific works, and collaboration with various types of musicians.

Besides the continuous workshops at the KARAS studio in Tokyo, Saburo Teshigawara has been involved in many education projects. S.T.E.P. (Saburo Teshigawara Education Project) has been initiated since 1995 with partners in the UK, bringing out performances as a culmination of year-long projects. In 2004, he was selected as the mentor of dance for The Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, to work for one year with a chosen protégé. Since 2006, he has begun a professorship at the Department of Expression Studies, the College of Contemporary Psychology, St. Paul’s (Rikkyo) University in Japan, where he teaches movement theory and conduct workshops. Through these various projects, Saburo Teshigawara continues to encourage and inspire young dancers, together with his creative work.


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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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