20 – 30 March 2019
Print Room at the Coronet presents

The Idiot 

Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato

★★★★ ‘Magnetic…masterfully detailed dancing’ The Times

★★★★★ ‘Flawless’ The Upcoming 

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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, which extends to its dramatic lighting, sound and costume design. 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: voices, screams, murmurs and moans 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.

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.”


Wed 20 – Sat 23 March, 7.30pm
Sun 24 March, 6pm
Tue 26 – Sat 30 March, 7.30pm

60 minutes, no interval

Please be aware that The Idiot uses flashing and flickering lights throughout the performance and may not be suitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.

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.

The Idiot was first performed on 21 Jun 2016 at KARAS APPARATUS, Tokyo

Production: KARAS
Production, touring: Richard Castelli – Epidemic
Photography: Akihito Abe and Elliott Franks

Supported by: Arts Council England and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation