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 recorded choral pieces that are played during Metamorphosis include:

  • Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium!, choral motet (1937), performed by Vox Clamantis, conductor: Jaan-Eik Tulve
  • Maurice Ravel: Soupir (Suck), the first of three songs from Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913) transcribed by Clytus Gottwald for choir. Performed by Accentus Chamber Choir, conductor: Laurence Equilbey.
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

Team and ensemble

Choreography, Set, Costume, Light Design Saburo Teshigawara
Conductor Henrik Schaefer
Assistant Choreographer Rihoko Sato
Assistant Light Designer Hiroki Shimizu
Assistant Set Designer Kazuomi Kurosawa
Original Music & sound design Tim Wright
Music Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel

World premiere March 8 2014
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

Length 35 min
Dancers 12

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