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Dancing on Glass Shards, or in the Cattle Market

Saburo Teshigawara has danced onstage with animals (GREEN/Raj Packet, which included a goat), created site-specific work in a cattle market (Oxygen), and in his Black Water, three dancers—clad completely in black—dance on an unlit, black stage. Perhaps most incredible, his evening-length piece Glass Tooth is performed on a stage covered completely in broken glass shards. […]

Saburo Teshigawara has danced onstage with animals (GREEN/Raj Packet, which included a goat), created site-specific work in a cattle market (Oxygen), and in his Black Water, three dancers—clad completely in black—dance on an unlit, black stage. Perhaps most incredible, his evening-length piece Glass Tooth is performed on a stage covered completely in broken glass shards.

Despite his prolific career, Teshigawara rarely performs in the U.S. Which is unfortunate, because he has one of the strongest bodies of work of any contemporary dancer/choreographer. His comprehensive vision also includes the scenography, lighting and costume design for all his dances. Additionally, he works extensively in film/video installations and visual arts. His philosophy in dance/art was chronicled recently in the documentary Still Move. He has inspired many, including choreographer Akram Khan, whose bahok the Walker co-presented last month.

Teshigawara brings his solo Miroku to the McGuire stage, next Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24, in a tour that includes only 3 U.S. stops. Unless you frequent yearly dance festivals in NYC, this chance to see Teshigawara is…rare. Click here for tickets.

From Miroku: