20 – 30 March 2019
Print Room at the Coronet Presents 

The Idiot 

Saburo Teshigawara / Rihoko Sato


Cult Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara stages his hypnotic, danced telling of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot in its UK premiere.

Teshigawara’s The Idiot is pure dance, intricately sculpted and fluid. Two performers – Saburo Teshigawara and his long-standing artistic collaborator Rihoko Sato, embody the principal characters of the novel; Prince Myshkin (the Idiot) and the fascinating Nastasya Filippovna. Together they reveal the movement inside Dostoevsky’s words – silent voices, screams and moans, murmurs and sighs are fleshed out by their moving bodies, with their gestures in the space echoing the structural images in the novel.

A major figure in the world of dance, Saburo Teshigawara has attracted international attention as a choreographer, director and performer for over 30 years.  He takes complete creative control of all his productions and, for The Idiot, he is performer, director, lighting and costume designer and creator of the soundscore which includes a Shostakovich waltz.

” I was aware of the impossibility to create a dance piece from such a great novel. Yet this impossibility was the key to approaching and creating something completely new. A dance that only exists here. With no usage of text at all, a pure dance piece is embodied from the novel. Not just embodying the character related to the original novel, but the embodiment of movement inside words…” – Saburo Teshigawara



7.30 pm from 20 March until 30 March, excluding Monday

6.00 pm on Sunday 24 March

Press night: 21 March


All other performances
Front stalls £30 | £25 concession
Rear stalls £25 | £20 concession

Concessions are available Tue – Thur evenings only for those in full-time education, in receipt of benefits, or aged 65+

£15 per student. One teacher goes free for every eight students.

Approx. 60 min


Production: KARAS

Production, touring: Epidemic 

Photo credit: © Akihito Abe, © Aya Sakaguchi