Verwandlung - Teshigawara
Ballet

By Saburo Teshigawara
Original compositions by Tim Wright and Saburo Teshigawara, as well as music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninoff and others

Premiere 22.03.2024

  • Szene aus ‹Verwandlung – Teshigawara›
    © Julian Mommert
  • Szene aus ‹Verwandlung – Teshigawara›
    © Julian Mommert
  • Szene aus ‹Verwandlung – Teshigawara›
    © Julian Mommert

  • Swiss premiere of 'Metamorphose' (world premiere Gothenburg 2014), Basel version
  • 'Like a Human' world premiere
  • 2 hours with an intermission
  • Interesting for people aged 10+

A poetically pulsating two-act opera with dance and choir

The Japanese choreography pioneer Saburo Teshigawara creates exclusively for Ballett Basel. This two-part evening offers an opportunity to experience the extraordinary work of the Japanese master.

The first part consists of the Swiss premiere of the celebrated work 'Metamorphose'. The second part is 'Like a Human', a choreography created for the Ballett Basel ensemble. In an impressive interplay of light, sound, dance and body, 'Verwandlung - Teshigawara' reveals what makes us human and holds us together at our core. Art that is created between haunting images and poetic calligraphy. Dynamically breathing and breathtaking at the same time, theatre spaces are transformed into sculptures, bodies into dance poetry, literature into energy. A unique and moving experience.

With original compositions by Tim Wright and Saburo Teshigawara, as well as music by Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninov, Arcangelo Corelli, Tomaso Albinoni, Cesar Franck, Pavel Chesnokov.

Saburo Teshigawara is not only a star in the dance world: he has been honoured with numerous prizes and awards, including the Nobel Prize for the Arts, the Praemium Imperiale of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale for his work as a choreographer, dancer, sculptor, designer and painter, the Bessie Award and appointment as Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France. His 40 years of work has been seen worldwide and has influenced numerous artists.

Shortly before the premiere, during the final rehearsals, we invite you to a first exclusive insight. You will get to know the choreographer Saburo Teshigawara and learn more about the piece, material and staging. Afterwards, you will attend a stage rehearsal.

  • Meeting point foyer
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Usually in German
  • CHF 10.-
  • Date: 18 March 2024

Following the performance on 24 March 2024, there will be an audience discussion in the foyer with dancers, artistic director and curator Adolphe Binder and other members of the ballet ensemble. Exchange ideas directly with the stage artists and ask any questions you may have!

Guest performance as part of Steps 2024 - Swiss Dance Festival 'Tristan and Isolde' 16 May 2024 Large stage. More

Together with the dramaturgy department, the Basel Kulturhaus Bider & Tanner has been curating the book table for our plays for many years. The selection of books, CDs, DVDs, catalogues and sheet music is always available in the online shop. It's worth browsing regularly.

Book table

With the kind support of Medical Partner Theater Basel, Kantonsspital Baselland, the Binding Foundation, the Basler Ballettgilde (bbg) and the Gönnerkreis.

Before the performances on 13./26. April and 14. May 2024, Ballett Basel will be offering a guided movement session with the audience. This way you can not only see but also feel some of choreographer Saburo Teshigawara's movement methods. The introduction will be led by a member of the Ballett Basel team.

  • 13./26. April, 14. May 2024, 7:00 pm
  • Duration approx. 20 minutes
  • Meeting point: dance floor downstairs in the foyer
  • Free of charge, with registration
  • In English and German 
  • No special attire required

Registration

The performance on Friday 31 May 2024 will take place as part of the 11th annual benefit gala in aid of the Basel Cancer League. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the Cancer League's research funding. The Krebsliga beider Basel research prize will be awarded for the first time in 2024. The aim of the Cancer League is to promote progress in the treatment of malignant tumours and a steady improvement in the survival time of patients with tumours.

  • Door opening 18:00
  • Reception including aperitif 18:00-18:30
  • Ballet performance and research award ceremony 18:30-20:30

Tickets

Mediathek

Saburo Teshigawara und Rihoko Sato bei ihrer Lecture-Performance auf der Kleinen Bühne


Meet Saburo Teshigawara, the Japanese master and winner of the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, in various formats and dialogues. At two lecture performances that offer a unique and in-depth insight into the work of this exceptional artist.

  • 5/7 October 2023, Kleine Bühne
  • In German and English
  • Free admission, registration

Performance: Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato. Moderation: Adolphe Binder

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Teshigawaras Choreografien leben vom einzelnen Moment, von der einzelnen Bewegung und Geste und ihrer Wirkung auf die Zuschauerinnen und Zuschauer. Es werden keine grossen Geschichten erzählt, die Bewegung der Tänzerinnen und Tänzer im Jetzt, im Raum, in der Zeit, im Licht und im Klang ist zentrales Element seiner Choreografien. Wer dies erkennt, für den offenbart sich mit ‹Metamorphose› und ‹Like a Human› eine vollkommen neue Welt an Bewegungsqualitäten.
Basler Zeitung
Es ist das Zögern, das Zweifeln und die Entscheidungsfindung, die Teshigawara in diesem Werk erkunden will. Das gelingt: Diese mentalen Prozesse verkörpern die Tänzerinnen und Tänzer durch ihre Bewegungen so explizit, dass sie sich von den Zuschauerrängen aus nachfühlen lassen.
BZ Basel
‹Verwandlung – Teshigawara› ist ein eindrücklicher Abend (...), und ist für die meisten ein visueller, künstlerischer und spiritueller Genuss geworden.
Tanznetz
Man verlässt den Saal mit einem tiefen Verständnis für die Unvollkommenheit menschlichen Daseins. Und das ist doch weit mehr, als man erwartet hatte.
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