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Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2015 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Teshigawara, Saburo (Japan)

Video producer : Maison de la Danse


Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2015 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Teshigawara, Saburo (Japan)

Video producer : Maison de la Danse


On a constant quest for new poetic spaces, the dancer and choreographer Saburo Teshigawara invites the young virtuoso pianist Francesco Tristano to perform Bach's famous 'Variations Goldberg' (Goldberg Variations), John Cage's 'In A Landscape' and some of his own compositions. 

As in improvisation the master Saburo Teshigawara and his muse Rihoko Sato launch themselves into abstract yet sensual dances that resonate freely with the scores played on stage.
An encounter between music and dance that is both improbable and obvious, and full of beauty. The Japanese choreographer is known for the meticulousness and the artistic perfection of his pieces, but also for their intelligence and sensitivity, which make each of them a real jewel in contemporary dance. With this collaboration, he presents an inner journey of his dance, a duet that is both simple and sophisticated.

Source : Maison de la Danse

Teshigawara, Saburo

Saburo Teshigawara began his unique creative career in 1981 in his native Tokyo after studying plastic arts and classic ballet. In 1985, he formed KARAS with Kei Miyata and started group choreography and their own activities. Since then, he and KARAS have been invited every year to perform in major international cities around the world. In addition to solo performances and his work with KARAS, Teshigawara has also been receiving international attention as a choreographer/director.He has been commissioned by many international Ballet companies such as the Paris Opera to create repertoire pieces for the company. Teshigawara has likewise received increasing international attention in the visual arts field, with art exhibitions, films / videos as well as designing scenography, lighting and costume for all his performances. Teshigawara's keenly honed sculptural sensibilities and powerful sense of composition, command of space and his decisive dance movements all fuse to create a unique world that is his alone. Keen interests in music and space have led him to create site-specific works, and collaboration with various types of musicians.

Besides the continuous workshops at the KARAS studio in Tokyo, Saburo Teshigawara has been involved in many education projects. Recent young members of the company KARAS are from the project "Dance of Air", an educational project bringing out a performance as a culmination of a year-long workshop process, produced by the New national Theatre Tokyo. S.T.E.P. (Saburo Teshigawara Education Project) has been initiated since 1995 with partners in the UK, also in the same style as "Dance of Air". In 2004, he was selected as the mentor of dance for The Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, to work for one year with a chosen protégé. He is a professor from 2014 at Tama Art university, department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance. 2006-2013, he taught at the College of Contemporary Psychology,St. Paul’s(Rikkyo) University in Japan. Through these various projects, Saburo Teshigawara continues to encourage and inspire young dancers, together with his creative work.

Source : The company Karas 's website

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Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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Choreography : Saburo Teshigawara

Interpretation : Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato

Set design : Saburo Teshigawara

Live music : Francesco Tristano (Piano et électronique) interprétant : Francesco Tristano - Hello Jean-Sébastien Bach - Suite française n°2 BWV 813 en do mineur : Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Air, Menuet I, Menuet II, Menuet I da capo, Gigue Francesco Tristano - Nach Wasser Noch Erde Higashi piano solo Jean-Sébastien Bach - Variations Goldberg BWV 988 : Aria, Variations 1 - 3 - 7 - 13 - 18 - 27 - 28 - 30, Aria Da Capo John Cage - In a Landscape

Lights : Sergio Pessanha (assistance)

Costumes : Saburo Teshigawara, Eri Wanikawa (habillage)

Technical direction : Sergio Pessanha (coordination technique)

Sound : François Vaurin

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production KARAS / Production, tournée : Epidemic (Richard Castelli, assisté de Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud, Claire Dugot) / Agent de Francesco Tristano : Danielle Schadeck

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse - 2015

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