There is no universal language. No word has the same meaning in every country. No book can be read by every nation. No sentence can by understood by all. But in this barrier, lies a beauty...the ability to communicate without words. Body Language.
I find the beauty of dance is that you do not need to speak a certain language to understand, to feel, to be moved by what you see. Dance is an innate tongue. Art is another. You are responsible for your own understanding; you translate what you see. There is no right, there is no wrong.
By this, we are able to appreciate dance from different countries, different heritages, different languages. Dance speaks to me, to Uncle David, to our neighbor Sara, and to you.
And the language of dance is timeless. The art lives on, but it cannot be adequately transcribed into speech. It can only be explained in the emotions, the thoughts, and the fondness you felt as you were in a wordless conversation with dance.
Ah, these conversations are mood changing and night-altering, yet rare. They come and go, with few chances to partake. It is therefore imperative that you take advantage of the discussions available to you.
Saburo Teshigawara, one of the great international artists working in dance today will erase language and speak from his soul as he performs with unnatural fluidity at the Walker Art Center April 22-24.
His visit to the U.S. is a rare one. And his dance, even more rare. Teshigawara includes art exhibitions, films, and videos as well as his set, lighting, and costume designs for all his performances. In his newest solo, MIROKU, he explores space and light, extremity and velocity, creating an eternity beyond time where everything harmonizes with delicate yet powerful tension.
Want to know more? Ask him about it. I'm sure he will tell you, without even saying a word.
- Allyson Taubenheim