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, Teshigawara has also been receiving international attention as a dancer/choreographer/director. In 1994/95 he choreographed for the Ballet Frankfurt at the invitation of William Forsythe, Le Sacre du Printemps for the Bayern State Ballet in 1999, Netherland Dance Theater I in 2000. In February 2003, Teshigawara was invited to choreograph a new piece AIR for the Ballet de l'Opera National de Paris. Also for the Ballet du Grand, Théâtre de Genève, choreographed Para-Dice in 2002, and VACANT in May 2006. Teshigawara has likewise received increasing international attention in the visual arts field, with art exhibitions (Light Behind Light in 2004, Fragments of Time and Double District in 2008), films/videos (such as T-City in 1993, and more recently Perspective study vol. 1 in 2004, A Tale Of in 2005 and Friction of Time – Perspective Study vol.2 in 2008) 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. Besides the continuous workshops at the KARAS studio in Tokyo, Saburo Teshigawara has been involved in many education projects. S.T.E.P. (Saburo Teshigawara Education Project) has been initiated since 1995 with partners in the UK, bringing out performances as a culmination of year-long projects. In 2004, he was selected as the mentor of dance for The Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, to work for one year with a chosen protégé. From 2006 to 2013, he taught at the College of Contemporary Psychology, St. Paul's (Rikkyo) University in Japan. Since 2014, he is professor at the Tama Art University, department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance. Through these various projects, Saburo Teshigawara continues to encourage and inspire young dancers, together with his creative work. Since 2013, he has established his own private creative space KARAS APPARATUS in Ogikubo, Tokyo. Here, he constantly creates a performance series called “Update Dance”.
Rihoko Sato - dancer, artistic assistant of Saburo Teshiagawara, studied gymnastics in England and the United States, where she lived until age 15. Having participated in KARAS’ workshops in 1995, she joined the group in 1996. Since then, she has performed in all group works, and also works as the artistic assistant to Saburo Teshigawara in all his creative activities. She is acclaimed internationally, as one of the main figures in Teshigawara’s works. She has just presented her solo dance SHE directed by Teshigawara, leaving a striking and emotional impression. Her exceptionally sensitive body and nerves create a wide range of dynamism, from melting fragility to sharp intensity, opening a new dimension for physical expression. Rihoko Sato has also assisted with KARAS’ education project S.T.E.P. and has worked as dance mistress for Teshigawara’s commissioned works for other ballet companies. She has received the Best Dancer Award for her duet with Vaclav Kunes in Scream and Whisper at Les Étoiles de Ballet 2000 Awards in 2005 in Cannes, France, and the Japan Dance Forum Award for 2007 and the Forty edition of the Premio Positano “Leonide Massine” Per la Danza 2012
Katarzyna Pastuszak (Ph.D./Poland) - dancer and artistic director of Amareya Theatre (Gdansk, Poland); curator of Butoh Festival in Gdansk and Gdansk Dance Festival (2009-2014), honourable member of the Gdansk Culture Council (2009-2014), in 2015 received the prestigious scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Culture “Młoda Polska” for the realisation of performance project “Kantor_Traces”; also in 2015 she was nominated for prestigeous prize „Splendor Gedanensis” for direction of performance „Nomadic Woman”. In 2014 published her Ph.D dissertation entitled „Hijikata Tatsumi’s Ankoku butō – the Theatre of the body-in-crisis”. Performance „Nomadic Woman” directed by Katarzyna Pastuszak together with Amareya Theatre & Guests was preformed at 11. International Dance and Theatre Festival in Theatre X Tokyo and also in Greenland National Theatre in Nuuk and Sisimiut Kulturhus. In 2015 she premiered a co-production “Sisimiut Needs a Hero” created in Sisimiut Kulturhus in Greenland and created a new solo piece “Yameru maihime_prologue” premiered in May 2015. Katarzyna Pastuszak is currently working on the project inspired by the art of Tadeusz Kantor entitled „Kantor_Traces”, developed in cooperation with such artists as Saburo Teshigawara, Kae Ishimito, Yuko Kawamoto and coproduced by Theatre X Tokyo, which will be premiered in October 2015 in Gdansk. As dancer and artistic director of Amareya Theatre she has created performances presented at festivals in Poland and abroad: Butoh Dance Festival (Gdansk), Tanzimpulse Festival (Salzburg), Redplexus Festival (Marseille), XV Alternative Theatre Meetings KLAMRA, SUKKOT Dance Festival in Adama Centre / Mitzpa Ramon (Israel), Festival of Asian Culture - MADE IN ASIA, Gdańsk, Poland, Festival Streetwaves Gdańsk, Poland; International Festival „Sound Around Kaliningrad”, Russia; Redplexus Festival - Préavis de Désordre Urbain in Marseille, France; Shakespear Festival, Gdańsk, Poland; Villkvinneseminar Festival of Women Art, Mosjøen (Norway); TAGTAS Festival, Morishita Studio in Tokyo, Japan; „Opening Doors III” festival organised by Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. She began her dance and theatre education in 1995 and learned from such teachers as Peter Schumann (Bread and Puppet Theatre), Zygmunt Molik (Grotowski Theatre), Eugenio Barba (Odin Teatret), Wojciech Misiuro, Ko Murobushi, Atsushi Takenouchi, Gekidan Kaitaisha, Ernesto Edivaldo, Horacio Macuacua, Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea, Tao Dance Theatre, Yumiko Yoshioka, Yukio Waguri and others. As dancer and artistic director of Amareya Theatre she has created performances that were presented at festivals in Poland and abroad – France, Japan, Greenland, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Israel, Azerbaijan, Georgia. She also leads workshops in Poland and abroad and teaches at the Cultural Studies Department in the University of Gdansk. In the years 2014-2015 she co-created numerous performances and performative actions: „VHS nr 33 – WCZASY 1983” (Katarzyna Pastuszak, Joanna Duda – premiere at Streetwaves Festival 2014); „Mushi no Hokô” (K. Pastuszak, J. Duda, A. Śliwińska – premiered at MADE IN ASIA Festival), „Fragile” (K. Pastuszak, D. Androsz, J. Duda, A. Kamińska, A. Śliwińska – premiere at International Festival „Sound Around Kaliningrad” BBNCCA (Baltic Branch of National Centre for Contemporary Arts), Kaliningrad), „Ocalony” (premiere at 11. International Dance and Theatre Festival in Theatre X in Tokyo), „Forandring” (premiere at Villkvinneseminar Mosjoen, Norway), „Sisimiut Needs a Hero” (premiere in Sisimiut Kulturhus Greenland, 2015). In 2014 Amareya Theatre led by Katarzyna Pastuszak was recommended by the jury of the Polish Dance Platform 2014 for presentation within „Artist at a Glance” at the Polish Dance Platform 2014. Since 2014 Pastuszak cooerates with visual artist Magdalena Mellin in the project entitled “Dialogi nie/przeprowadzone, listy nie/wysłane” that has recently been presented in galleries in Gdańsk, Poznań and in May 2015 will be presented within the framework of Month of Performance Art in Berlin. In May 2015 she premiered her new solo performance “Yameru maihime_prologue”.
Joanna Duda (MA/Poland) - pianist, composer, creator of the projects: J=J, Hotgod, AuAuA & many more. Member of the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet. Holder of Gdansk city's cultural scholarship in 2010, 2012, 2015. She was nominated for the Polish Television “The Guarantee of Culture” Award in the category “Debut of the Year” and “Plus Grand Prix Jazz Melomani” Award in the category “Music Lovers’ Hope” in the same year.
In 2013 she started working with Amareya Theatre. Together with the group she performed at festivals:
- Redplexus Festival - Préavis de Désordre Urbain in Marseille (France.
- 11. Theater X International Dance and Theatre Festival in Tokyo (Japan)
- Streetwaves (Gdańsk, Poland, 2014)
- Sukkot Dance Festival, Mitzpe Ramon (Israel, 2014)
- International Performing Arts Festival Apart ( Katowice, Poland, 2015)
Also together with the Amareya Theatre Joanna Duda got special invitation for the performance in Cultural Centre in Sisimiut (Greenland) and National Theatre of Greenland in Nuuk (2014, 2015)
In the beginning of February 2015 Joanna has created a multimedial installation "TRACK(S)" for the order of TRAFO - Contemporary Art Centre in Szczecin with Katarzyna Pastuszak performative participation. TRACK(S) was also shown on the Present Performance Festival in Gdańsk this year. Joanna Duda performed solo and group concerts in Tokyo, Berlin, Budapest, Paris, Prague, Brussels, Kaliningrad, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Delhi, Bangalore, London, Berlin, Budapest, Weimar, Istanbul & many more.
Amareya Theatre & Guests // physical theatre of movement and body - one of the most recognized and original theatre groups in Poland, with their unique style, exceptional methods of work, extraordinary courage to trespass various boundaries on stage. The group was established in 2003 by Katarzyna Pastuszak, Aleksandra Śliwińska and Agnieszka Kamińska and has been working at the Artistic Centre „Winda" in Gdańsk, Poland, ever since. They learned from such teachers as Peter Schumann (Bread and Puppet Theatre), Zygmunt Molik (Grotowski Theatre), Eugenio Barba (Odin Teatret), Wojciech Misiuro, Ko Murobushi, Daisuke Yoshimoto, Atsushi Takenouchi, Gekidan Kaitaisha, Ernesto Edivaldo, Horacio Macuacua, Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea, Tao Dance Theatre, Yumiko Yoshioka, Yukio Waguri, Wojciech Mochniej, Melissa Monteros, Leszek Bzdyl, Zygmunt Molik, Olga Szwajgier, Ang Gey Pin, Antonie Svobodova, Hiroyo Kitao, Guillermo Horta, Natalka Polovynka, Siergiej Kovalevych, Nigar Hasib, Shamal Amin and others. The activities of Amareya encompass performances, theatre projects, workshops, publications and animation of culture. The group has developed its own method of creative and educational work, based on butoh dance, physical theatre, contemporary dance, voicework, yoga and psychosomatic practices. They established Amareya Art Association in 2009 and organize various social, educational theatrical projects, such as projects for addicts, the blind and handicapped communities. The force that drives Amareya Theatre is a deep need of community and a need of meeting with oneself, with the others and with the world. Theatre means sharing, exchanging and learning how to approach another human being in a new true way. Amareya theatre explores various themes such as: female stories, stories of the body and how it is treated in modern societies, violence, control, devaluation of the body, dehumanizing of death, war, emigration, the Holocaust, duality, sexuality, fetish, loss and birth. Amareya Theatre presented its performances at various festivals, such as: Butoh Dance Festival (Gdansk), Tanzimpulse Festival (Salzburg), Redplexus Festival (Marseille), Gdańsk Dance Festival, Butoh Barter (Warsaw), Tyskie Spotkania Teatralne - here thrice awarded, XV Alternative Theatre Meetings KLAMRA 2007 and many others. Amareya took part in the following projects: „Opening Doors III" with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, ‘Caravan Project' with Ang Gey Pin, ‘Mandala of life and death' with Atsushi Takenouchi, ‘Ten ku Youran' with Daisuke Yoshimoto, ‘Anatomical Theatre' with Joan Laage, „Dream Regime" with Gekidan Kaitaisha Theatre. The most prominent performances are FETISH.WTF (2013), Empty home (2012), 2 (2013), with-in (2013), The Blind Lady (2012), Dream Regime (2007-2010), Anatomical Theatre (2011) and Xenos (2010). Amareya Theatre successfully cooperates with international artists, propagating an exchange of ideas and the idea of artistic meeting beyond the borders of the mind and space. The continuous cooperation with internationally renown artists from various disciplines such as Louise Fontain (storyteller/performer), Joanna Duda (musician/composer), Dorota Androsz (Teatr Wybrzeże), Anna Kalwajtys (performer), Magdalena Jędra (Good Girl Killer), Daniela Komędera, has led to forming the interdisciplinary collective Amareya Theatre & Guests collective. The most prominent performances of Amareya Theatre & Guests include: Nomadic Woman (2012), Fragile (2014), Ophelia_remix (2014). Performance „Nomadic Woman” directed by Katarzyna Pastuszak together with Amareya Theatre & Guests was preformed at 11. International Dance and Theatre Festival in Theatre X Tokyo and also in Greenland National Theatre in Nuuk and Sisimiut Kulturhus. Amareya Theatre & Guests presented performances at festivals in Poland and abroad: Redplexus Festival (Marseille), SUKKOT Dance Festival in Adama Centre / Mitzpa Ramon (Israel), Festival of Asian Culture - MADE IN ASIA, Gdańsk, Poland, Festival Streetwaves Gdańsk, Poland; International Festival „Sound Around Kaliningrad”, Russia; Shakespeare Festival, Gdańsk, Poland; 11th International Dance and Theatre Festival Tokyo Theatre X.