Kantor_Traces: On a Sunny Day
3 November 2015 at 7 p.m.
„Kantor_Traces: ON A SUNNY DAY” is a coproduction of the renown Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara and Polish performative collective – Amareya Theatre & Guests. The performance is inspired by art of Tadeusz Kantor and it aims at new reading of „traces” left by this outstanding theatre and visual arts reformer. The dialogue with the art of Tadeusz Kantor that Amareya Theatre & Guests undertakes together with Saburo Teshigawara is also a search for their own art language „post-Kantor”. An important point of departure in the process of creation were the texts of Brunon Schulz, which resonate closely with the art of Kantor. The performance will be presented also in Theatre X in Tokyo within „Tadeusz Kantor GoEnNen Performance Festival 2015” curated by Misako Ueda.
“Kantor makes me imagine of somebody totally soaked in rain. Schulz makes me imagine someone standing when the sun comes out just after it has rained. But no one knows when the sunny day will come. That is because both of these men’s bodies are maybe already like rain. It is a fall, not literally, but more physically. Your interior rain endlessly falling from somewhere endlessly high. Though it maybe sunny outside, these people are soaked because they are inside.” [Saburo Teshigawara]
Saburo Teshigawara/KARAS (Japan) & Amareya Theatre and Guests (Poland)
Concept/Direction: Saburo Teshigawara
Assistant of director: Rihoko Sato, Katarzyna Pastuszak
Music composition and live performance: Joanna Duda and Jan Młynarski
Scenography: Saburo Teshigawara
Light design: Saburo Teshigawara
Lighting assistant: Hiroki Shimizu
Wardrobe/Production assistant: Mie Kawamura
Coproduction: Misako Ueda – Theatre X (Tokyo), KARAS, EPIDEMIC (Richard Castelli, Florence Berthaud, Chara Skiadelli, Claire Dugot)
Premiere: 29.10.2015, Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre
The project is produced by Katarzyna Pastuszak as part of the Młoda Polska 2015 scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and supported by the city of Gdańsk.
The project is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan as part of grant for 2015.
Co-producers and partners of the project include: the city of Gdańsk; Theatre X (Tokyo) – Misako Ueda; The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk; Polish Institute (Tokyo); Adam Mickiewicz Institute (culture.pl); The Center for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor – Cricoteka; The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre
SABURO TESHIGAWARA (born in 1953; real name Tsuneyasu Teshigawara) — an acclaimed Japanese choreographer and dancer, creator of innovative dance performances, skillfully combining dance perfection with the play of light and music. Stage, light and costume designer of all his performances. Teshigawara studied sculpture, classical dance and mime. He has created solo projects since 1981. In 1985 (together with Kei Miyata) he co-founded a contemporary dance company KARAS. The artist created about 40 performances successfully staged in European dance capitals. Since 2006 Teshigawara has taught at St. Paul’s University in Japan. His most widely known choreographies include: Bones in Pages (1991 and 2003), Noiject (1992), Here to Here (1995), I Was Real Documents (1996), Absolute Zero (1998), Luminous (2001). He has been awarded numerous prizes, including one of the main prizes at the International Choreographic Competition at Bagnolet in Paris in 1986 (for Kaze no sentan).
Saburo Teshigawara is also the author of choreography for several renowned companies such as: White Cloud under the Heels (parts I and II) for the Frankfurt Ballet (at the invitation of William Forsythe, 1994 and 1995) and Air for the Paris Opera Ballet (2003). Since 2014 Teshigawara works as professor at Tama Art University, department of Scenography Design, Drama and Dance. In the years 2006–2013 he taught at the College of Contemporary Psychology, St. Paul’s (Rikkyo) University in Japan.
KATARZYNA PASTUSZAK PhD (b. 1980) — dancer, artistic director, theatre researcher, translator. In the years 2009–2014 curator of the Gdańsk Dance Festival (Klub Żak). In 2003 she co-founded the Amareya Theatre. In 2015 she was nominated for the prestigious Splendor Gedanensis award for the performance Nomadka [Nomadic Woman] which she directed. Winner of a prestigious Młoda Polska 2015 scholarship awarded for the Kantor_Clues project. Author of the book Ankoku butô Hijikaty Tatsumiego – teatr ciała-w-kryzysie [Hijikata Tatsumi’s Ankoku butō – the Theatre of the body-in-crisis] published by Universitas in 2014. Pastuszak performed in all group productions of the Amareya Theatre in the years 2003–2015 as well as in projects with international artists including: The Power of Nature with a Greenland storyteller Louise Fontain (2013, Norway), Dream Regime with Gekidan Kaitaisha and Mandala życia i śmierci [Mandala of Life and Death] directed by Atsushi Takenouchi (2005). Nomadic Woman directed by K. Pastuszak was performed at the 11th International Dance and Theatre Festival at Theatre X in Tokyo, at Sisimiut Kulturhus in Greenland and at the National Theatre of Greenland in Nuuk. The Amareya Theatre headed by Pastuszak was recommended by the jurors of the Polish Dance Platform 2014 to be featured in their Wizytówka Artysty [Artist’s Auto-Presentation] series.