“Japan’s most important choreographer” Saburo Teshigawara (New York Times) returns to Lincoln Center Festival with his newest work featuring Aurélie Dupont, Paris Opera Ballet’s former étoile and new Director of Dance. In this fantasy that inhabits the border zone between wakefulness and sleep, Teshigawara uses evocative stagecraft—transparent furniture, floating set pieces, shimmering surfaces—and a rippling, aqueous dance vocabulary to create a dreamlike atmosphere. Tinkling piano keys and ambient electronica give way to a striking rock anthem, the musical progression echoing the deepening ambiguity about the nature of consciousness, sleep, and the world on the other side.   

“An invitation to a floating world without frontiers.”
– RFI (France)


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Sleeping Water

Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS

North American premiere

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Choreography, Set, Lighting, and Costume Design Saburo Teshigawara

Dancers Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato, Maria Chiara Mezzadri, Eri Wanikawa, Rika Kato, Junya Okazaki

Special guest Aurélie Dupont

Performance Details

Made possible in part by The Harkness Foundation for Dance

Production: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Aichi Arts Center, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, KARAS
Administration: KARAS
Production, touring: Richard Castelli - Epidemic
These performances are supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in fiscal year 2017.

ANTEROOM by Theo Bleckmann, used with permission of Modern Works Music Publishing
Partita N°2 In D Minor BWV 1004 - Sarabande and Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach, played by Sayaka Shoji with the permission of MIRARE records
Suite in A major, BuxWV 243: III - Sarabande by Dietrich Buxtehude
Hellmesberger Ball scene by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Für Alina II by Arvo Pärt
Concerto Grosso No. 1: II - Toccata by Alfred Schnittke Hinaaja / Tugboat by PAN SONIC
“Paint It, Black”
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 - Fugue #8 In D Sharp Minor, BWV 853 and Prelude #22 In B Flat Minor, BWV 867, Book 2 - Fugue #9 In E, BWV 878


Running Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes, with no intermission