Hear that? A wind of arid and dry beauty is blowing over Chaillot. After Mirror and Music et DAH-DAH-SKO-DAH-DAH, Saburo Teshigawara is back to the Palais with an in situ creation: Flexible Silence. The japanese choreographer and six dancers sofly approach the dissonant repertory of the Ensemble Intercontemporain founded by Pierre Boulez.

Saburo Teshigawara, Flexible Silence, Chaillot
Saburo Teshigawara, Flexible Silence, Chaillot

It’s a piece where beauty emerges from multiple sources. A ray of light, a shadow, a halo, the electrified fluttering of slender fingertips. Exceptional solos and duets shape up an extraordinary variety of birds and aquatic plants. The movement of bodies creates a bubble of soft energy, like an anamorphosis makes confluences appear. Here it feels like stepping into Murakami’s captivating world. There one can almost see Michael Jackson’s shirt floating freely–recalling the compelling piece Glass Tooth.

Costumes are black, set is austere yet it’s warm. As usual, Saburo Teshigawara does everything from choreography to (a sublime) light design. Pure moments of gracefulness are in there for those who wait in silence.


Illustration © Araso