20 – 30 March 2019
Print Room at the Coronet presents 

The Idiot 

Saburo Teshigawara / Rihoko Sato


‘Teshigawara is a visionary of the stage’ The Guardian

Celebrated Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara brings his hypnotic dance reimagining of Dostoevsky’s novel to the Coronet for its UK premiere.

The Idiot is pure dance, fluid and intricately sculpted. Teshigawara and his longstanding 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.

A major figure in the dance world, Saburo Teshigawara has won international acclaim as a choreographer, director and performer for over 30 years. For The Idiot, he is performer, director, designer, and creator of the sound score, which includes a Shostakovich waltz.

After major pieces such as Flexible Silence, Glass Tooth and Miroku, The Idiot is once again testament to Teshigawara’s creativity, and his use of the body as an amazing artistic laboratory.

“I knew it would be impossible to create a choreography taken from such a novel”, says Teshigawara. “But this impossibility has been key to our approach in creating something completely new.”

‘Pure, precise, infinitely elegant’ Danses avec la plume



7.30 pm from 20 March until 30 March, excluding Monday

6.00 pm on Sunday 24 March

Press night: 21 March


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


Premiere: 21 Jun 2016 at KARAS APPARATUS, Tokyo

Production: KARAS

Production, touring: Richard Castelli – Epidemic

Photo credit: © Akihito Abe