A hymn to slowness that fights against the frenzy of contemporaneity. Saburo Teshigawara, one of the most appreciated contemporary choreographers in the world, arrives at the Teatro Ristori – for the first time ever in Verona – with a work that dances to the notes of Mahler, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Ravel, and Bruckner. Adagio, at the Teatro Ristori on Friday 26 April at 8.30 p.m., brings to the stage the power of bodies in movement, perfectly interpreted by the Japanese genius and his historical collaborator and muse, Rihoko Sato. The two artists will alternate on stage without almost ever meeting. In fact, it is not a pas de deux but an alternation of solos that tell a dialogue with the most intimate part of themselves.

Saburo Teshigawara is not only an eclectic dancer and one of the world’s leading contemporary choreographers, he is also a complete and multifaceted artist: painter, draughtsman, installation and film maker. After studying plastic arts and classical ballet, Teshigawara began his career in 1981, in his native Tokyo, and created KARAS a few years later. The aim of the company was to create new forms of artistic expression that could not be captured by existing choreographic structures. Thus, a unique dance method was born, which took him to the world’s biggest stages and won him the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Biennale Danza 2022 in Venice.

Joining him on the Ristori stage is his muse, Rihoko Sato. Part of the KARAS company since the 1990s, the dancer is recognised as one of the central figures in the great Japanese choreographer’s creative universe. She has also received several awards over the years: from the Best Dancer Award for her duet with Vaclav Kunes in Scream and Whisper at Les Étoiles de Ballet 2000, to The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize [of dance] in 2018.

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