Mirror and Music
Israel Festival, Karas-Saburo Teshigawara, Mirror and Music, Jerusalem Theater, June 7.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company Photo: courtesy
Avisit by prominent Japanese artist Saburo Teshigawara is by far the only
important dance event in the current edition of the Israel Festival.
Teshigawara, choreographer and established visual artist, brought his latest
creation, Mirror and Music, a dazzling, enigmatic piece flooded with visual
images, sounds and flashing lights with mind-boggling, hypnotic
The strongest impression that got etched on memory is the way a
sequence of images and sounds versus movements forms in spite of juxtaposing
stands, a cohesive artistic statement that bring the dance itself into new
awareness level, stretching its function borders and bringing about an
overwhelming experience usually found in new media art.
structure reflects a process of reconstructing a puzzle made of previously
Teshigawara strings a line of very short scenes of
well-defined movement with chaotic, obtrusive strobelike lighting
All eight dancers, but particularly Teshigawara himself and his
leading dancer Rihoko Sato, stand out. Teshigawara seems to move simultaneously
in several directions, his movement qualities range from sensitive lyricism to
stormy wind, yet there is always a poetic, somewhat spiritual touch to his
presence that seems to stem from a solid inner core. In his solo section, based
on constant shifting of body center and weight, he wrote himself in space with
his expressive hands and supple torso.
Rihoko Sato leaves the impression
that her thin frame and ethereal look is fit for a spirit, but this nymph is
some strong dancing machine. Her relentless dancing conveys exceptional strength
of the feet and unusual looseness, free-dangling upper body and arms. In one of
many scenes of touching beauty, she and the other dancers simply jump together
forever, until the mundane act becomes poetic as the physical actions turns