Saburo Teshigawara

Veteran Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 2022 Venice Biennale. His advice is surely golden too.

Dance Gazette | Advice Bureau | Issue 4 - June 2022

The best advice I ever received Something an aged dancer once told me, ‘I have nothing to teach you. Continue with me for at least five years.’ I made a decision. I realised that dance was something that you don’t learn from someone, but study, and I never went there again. After that I started to research and study by myself. It was clear to me that time was yours, and you had to make your future by yourself. And with that determination, everything in front of me seemed to open up.

The advice I would pass on I would pass on these very simple words: ‘It is a good thing not to know. Feel reassured and continue, with patience.’

Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato in Tristan and Isolde. Photo: Akhito Abe
Tristan and Isolde. Photo: Ketaro Nemato
Tristan and Isolde. Photo: Mariko Miura
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