By Saburo Teshigawara

Original composition by Tim Wright, with music by Maurice Duruflé, Olivier Messiaën, Maurice Ravel

Premiere 22.03.2024

  • World premiere and Swiss premiere
  • Interesting for people from 10+

A poetically pulsating two-act opera with dance and chorus.

Masterpieces by the Japanese pioneer Saburo Teshigawara exclusively for Ballett Basel. In the impressive interplay of light, sound, dance and body, the total artist Teshigawara reveals like a magician what makes us human and what holds us together in our innermost being. Poetry of movement by one of the greatest of this genre, one who does not shy away from risk. Life is movement. Teshigawara's art emerges between haunting images and poetic calligraphies. Dynamically breathing and breathtaking at the same time, theatre spaces are transformed into sculptures and bodies into dance poetry, literature into energy. A unique experience that moves.

  • World premiere
  • Swiss premiere 'Metamorphosis' (world premiere Gothenburg 2014), Basel version

Meet Saburo Teshigaware, 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 deep insight into the work of this exceptional artist.

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


Shortly before the premiere, during the final rehearsals, we invite you to a first exclusive insight. In an introduction you will get to know the artistic team and learn more about the play, the material and the production. Afterwards you will visit a stage rehearsal.

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

Guest performance as part of Steps 2024 - Swiss Dance Festival 'Tristan and Isolde' 16 May 2024 Large Stage. More info to follow from August 2023.

Together with the dramaturgy, Basel's Kulturhaus Bider & Tanner has curated the book table for our plays for many years. Now this selection of books, CDs, DVDs, catalogues or even sheet music can be accessed at any time in the online shop. It's worth browsing regularly.

Book table

With the kind support of Theater Basel's medical partner, the Kantonsspital Baselland, the Binding Stiftung and the Stiftung Basler Ballettgilde (bbg)

Ballett Basel 23/24: