Symphonie fantastique / Berlioz (creation)

Saburo Teshigawara is one of Asia’s major creative artists. How will the Japanese master’s dance – by turns ethereal and catlike in its speed – embody the dreams and nightmares of Berlioz (who died in 1868). Also featured: American Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, a humourous and lilting response to Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. The 1918 Armistice is celebrated with Bartók’s Dance Suite, which reflects his pacifism. And this thrilling programme is rounded off by Ravel’s hypnotic Boléro. World premiere. 

Piece for 2 dancers


Part I (Orchestra only)
Joan Tower A Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman n° 6 
Béla Bartók Suite de danses 
Maurice Ravel Boléro 

Part II (commissioned by the Auditorium – Lyon National Orchestra and Lyon Dance Biennale)
Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Orchestre national de Lyon 
Direction Cristian Măcelaru 
Choreography, set, costumes and lighting Saburo Teshigawara
Artistic collaboration Rihoko Sato 
Dancers Saburo Teshigawara, Rihoko Sato
Music Symphonie Fantastique de Berlioz

Technical coordination and light production Sergio Pessanha
Production Karas
Coordination for Saburo Teshigawara Richard Castelli - Epidemic (Richard Castelli assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud and Claire Dugot)

Coproduced with the Auditorium / Lyon National Orchestra


The company : Saburo Teshigawara – Rihoko Sato / Orchestre National de Lyon

Born in 1953, Saburo Teshigawara began his unique creative career in 1981 in his native Tokyo after studying plastic arts and classic ballet.

In 1985, he formed KARAS with Kei Miyata and started group choreography and their own activities. Since then, he and KARAS have been invited every year to perform in major international cities around the world. In addition to solo performances and his work with KARAS, Saburo Teshigawara has also been receiving international attention as a choreographer/director. He has been commissioned by many international Ballet companies such as the Paris Opera to create repertoire pieces for the company.

Teshigawara has likewise received increasing international attention in the visual arts field, with art exhibitions, films/
videos as well as designing scenography, lighting and costume for all his performances. Teshigawara’s keenly honed sculptural sensibilities and powerful sense of composition, command of space and his decisive dance movements all fuse to create a unique world that is his alone. Keen interests in music and space have led him to create site-specific works, and collaboration with various types of musicians.

Through various projects, Saburo Teshigawara continues to encourage and inspire young dancers, together with his creative work. His work has won numerous awards and honours in Japan and abroad, including a Bessie Award in 2007, the Medal of Honor by the Emperor of Japan in 2009 and in 2017 he was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.

An exciting way to celebrate Berlioz!


Auditorium - Orchestre National de Lyon, Lyon


  • Demi-tarif - 3e série 8€
  • Tarif réduit - 3e série 14€
  • Plein tarif - 3e série 16€
  • Demi-tarif - 2e série 17€
  • Demi-tarif - 1ère série 24€
  • Tarif réduit - 2e série 29€
  • Plein tarif - 2e série 34€
  • Tarif réduit - 1ère série 41€
  • Plein tarif - 1ère série 48€

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