The Idiot By Saburo Teshigwara
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★★★★ ‘Magnetic…masterfully detailed dancing’- The Times
★★★★★ ‘Flawless’- The Upcoming
Celebrated Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara brings his hypnotic dance reimagining of Dostoevsky’s novel to the Coronet for its UK premiere.
The Idiot is pure dance, fluid and intricately sculpted, which extends to its dramatic lighting, sound and costume design. Teshigawara and his longstanding collaborator Rihoko Sato embody the principal characters of the novel: Prince Myshkin (the Idiot) and the fascinating Nastasya Filippovna. Together, they reveal the movement inside Dostoevsky’s words: voices, screams, murmurs and moans are fleshed out by their moving bodies.
A major figure in the dance world, Saburo Teshigawara has won international acclaim as a choreographer, director and performer for over 30 years. For The Idiot, he is performer, director, designer and creator of the sound score, which includes a Shostakovich waltz.
The Idiot is once again testament to Teshigawara’s creativity, and his use of the body as an amazing artistic laboratory.
“I knew it would be impossible to create a choreography taken from such a novel”, says Teshigawara. “But this impossibility has been key to our approach in creating something completely new.”