Tristan and Isolde / Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS

About performance

Karas / Saburo Teshigawara (JAP)

Age suitability: 12+    
Duration: 60 min
Venue: Theatre of Nations, main stage
Address:  3, Petrovsky Lane

Excerpts of the music from Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde” is edited into an original and unique dance piece. 
Continuously undulating music and body fill the space.
Forever modulating melody arising, yet reaching nowhere.
Such is impossible love and death.

— Saburo Teshigawara

Japan’s great choreographer reimagines Wagner’s opera of doomed love

“A fabulous dancer. Liquid yet cutting, he slips between sculptural stillness and whirlwind speed with amazing skill” 

The Times  

“He seems to have come from another planet and frontiered a new aspect of dance” 

Der Tagesspiegel  

“Japan’s most important choreographer” 

 The New York Times

Supported by the Agency Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018

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  • Direction, lighting design — Saburo Teshigawara
  • Dancers — Rihoko Sato, Saburo Teshigawara
  • Technical coordination/Lighting assistant — Sergio Pessanha
  • Wardrobe — Mie Kawamura
  • Production — KARAS
  • Production, touring — EPIDEMIC
  • Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan


  • Saburo Teshigawara
  • Rihoko Sato