Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato: Tristan and Isolde
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Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato: Tristan and Isolde

Choreography: Saburo Teshigawara
Dancers: Rihoko Sato, Saburo Teshigawara

Music: Richard Wagner, Tristan and Isolde (excepts)
Production: Karas

The timeless myth about Tristan and Isolde based on a Celtic legend was first recorded in the form of episodic poems of the late 12th century. In adapting the tragic story about a destructive passion between knight Tristan and princess Isolde, who is promised in marriage to King Mark of Cornwall, Richard Wagner expressed his yearning for Mathilde Wesendonck. The operatic version was composed between 1854 and 1859, and premiered in Munich in 1865.

Tristan and Isolde by Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato is constructed around excerpts from Wagner’s monumental work, re-imagined as an original music and dance piece. The musical texture of the piece is repetition, stemming from the belief in the fatality of doomed romance, the infinite spiritual and metaphysical bond between the two lovers and the only possible consummation of their (total) love in death. In keeping with his artistic vision, the choreography is a poetical journey employing diverse means of expression. Ostensibly lacking in narrative, it gives precedence to the sensual over rational.

Saburo Teshigawara (1953) 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, ranging from dance, film, exhibitions, opera and art installations to video. The art of Teshigawara ranks alongside Kazuo Ohn, Sankai Juku and Kei Takei, whose creative endeavours display tendencies towards the symbolic, non-narrative representation, towards blending natural elements and advanced technology in performing arts.

 

 

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