Modern dance master Teshigawara’s Mirror and Music 日本現代舞先驅 勅使川原三郎光影極致

Sat, Mar 30, 2013 - Page 11

Saburo Teshigawara, a Japanese vanguard in modern dance, has accepted an invitation from Taipei’s Novel Hall to take part in its “Novel Dance Series 2013.” His fourth visit to Taiwan, Teshigawara will be staging a production of his Mirror and Music. After premiering at the New National Theatre, Tokyo in 2009, the piece has been performed throughout Europe and been widely acclaimed in European and American art festivals. The upcoming performances are definitely something worth looking forward to for dance aficionados in Taiwan.

Teshigawara primarily studied plastic arts before beginning his formal training in classical ballet at the age of 20, eventually taking a keen interest in physical expression. In 1985, he formed his company Karas with Kei Miyata, their mission statement being to find a new aesthetic form. In the late 90s, Teshigawara made a name for himself at European art festivals. His unique aesthetics of physical expression have created a new wave of modern dance in Japan that breaks down the barriers of tradition. Lin Hwai-min, artistic director of the “Novel Dance Series,” says that Teshigawara is a master of physically expressive simplicity, combining his own lighting techniques and costumes to create a sensible whole that is “remarkably wonderful to watch. If you never had the chance to see any of the great masters,” such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Kazuo Ohno or Pina Bausch, “You must not miss the opportunity to see Saburo Teshigawara, the Japanese master of modern dance.”

The 75-minute-long work is quite terse. The Guardian has said that Teshigawara’s pieces are “sensorial experiences,” while a reporter from the New York Times said that Mirror and Music in particular is, “One of the most striking examples of imagistic dance-theatre, or dance-art installation, that I have ever seen.” Teshigawara and Karas will be performing at Novel Hall from May 16 to May 18.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)