Glass Tooth
Choreography, set design, lighting design : Saburo Teshigawara
Costume : Saburo Teshigawara, Kei Miyata
Music Compilation : Saburo Teshigawara, Kei Miyata
Choreographic assistant : Rihoko Sato
Dancers : Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato, Mie Kawamura, Eri Wanikawa, Jeef, others
Technical Coordination / Lighting Assistant : Sergio Pessanha
Sound operation : Tim Wright
Stage manager : Markus Both
Production: KARAS / New National Theatre Tokyo
Premiere : 15 Dec 2006, New National Theatre Tokyo
- Available on tour -
Exploring the not-yet seen aesthetics
accompanied by prominent KARAS dancers,
Saburo Teshigawara performs on a massive square
of countless broken glass fragments.
Uncountable broken pieces of glass reflect time
Bodies collide, hesitate, and paradox multiplies
Life appears in an unknown land
Fragments of glass are fragments of time
Melt beyond meanings
by Saburo Teshigawara
LE FIGARO 16-17 Feb 2008, by Marion Thébaud
This is an abstract piece of great visual beauty… Aestheticism triumphs at each step. For Saburo, music, plastic arts and dance create a single, unique object, with certain passages remaining engraved in our spirits, like the one where the choreographer leaps with his feet together on this broken glass, raising a cloud of dust.
Speed, fluidity, extreme rigor … each gesture has overwhelming force. Here the dance echoes bodies that are broken, tortured, disturbing images, like when a dancer snatches up a piece of glass in his mouth or when Saburo lays down fully on a pile of crystals. The dancers cross the space like arrows, and, a moment later, droop near the rectangle of glass, brushing the cutting shards with their hands. Each instant, gentleness and cruelty, murmurs and cries, flexibility and tension alternate in a continuous, poetic movement.
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…. To appreciate this choreographic piece, one must have a curiosity for this work, deconstructed but with great, splendid abstraction.
Liberation 16-17 Feb. 2008, by Marie-Christine Vernay
Flawless in plastic art terms, physically intelligent, silent – aside from the moans of the dancers, this piece, balanced between men and women, impartial, is a jewel. No need for a diamond, each tiny piece of glass reflects the light.