Dance performance by Saburo Teshigawara

Virtuoso Saburo Teshigawara – sculptor, poet, visual artist and “dance maker” – has received great honours for his choreographies and body installations both in his home country of Japan and internationally.

”Metamorphosis” is a razor-sharp, blinding masterpiece.” Dagens Nyheter
"… substantial prestige for the Göteborg Opera ... " Svenska Dagbladet
"… a phenomenal, world-class dance company …" Göteborgs-Posten

Faithful to the culture of his homeland, Teshigawara is minimalist – everything he creates is aesthetic, beautiful and pared down. It is also spiritual and subtle.

His Metamorphosis, inspired by Kafka's novels, is an art work filled with pain and breathtaking beauty. At its centre is the body's constant changes, the cells' constant renewal – the metamorphosis: "Even when we believe we are completely still, our bodies are moving. That movement is life. To stop is to die. Life is like cycling – if you stop you lose your balance and fall over. Life is balance in motion."

Metamorphosis, created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, is also about controlling, and allowing oneself to be controlled.

The Göteborg Opera Chorus also feature on stage, their ethereal voices contrasting with the dancers’ sometimes constrained bodies.

The works that The Göteborg Opera Chorus performs in Metamorphosis include:

  • Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium!, choral motet (1937)
  • Maurice Ravel: Soupir (Suck), the first of three songs from Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913) transcribed by Clytus Gottwald for a cappella choir.
Saburo Teshigawara
Saburo TeshigawaraNorifumi Inagaki

Photos from Metamorphosis

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Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius

Watch an interview with choreographer Saburo Teshigawara

Konstaffisch av Saburo Teshigawara

Poster art by Saburo Teshigawara

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