Saburo Teshigawara Choreographer

© Rihoko Sato


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 choreographies and his 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.
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 in 1995 with partners in the UK, also in the same spirit as Dance of Air. In 2004, he was selected as the mentor of dance for Rolex Mentor & Protégés Arts Initiative, to work for one year with a chosen protégé. Since 2014, he is a professor at Tama Art University, department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance. From 2006 to 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.

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