The Idiot

Cult Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara stages his hypnotic, danced telling of Dostoevsky's The Idiot in its UK premiere.
The Idiot - Saburo Teshigawara / Rihoko Sato at Print Room

Image: Print Room


Genre: Drama
Venue: Print Room
Starts: Wednesday 20 March 2019
Closes: Saturday 30 March 2019
Running time:1 hr 00 mins
Age suitability: Not available

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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

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103 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3LB

Box office tel: 020 3642 6606

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Previews from:Wednesday 20 March 2019

Press night:Thursday 21 March 2019

Closes:Saturday 30 March 2019

Performance days & times


Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm

Sunday ‑ 7‑30pm




Front stalls £30

Rear stalls £25


Front stalls £25

Rear stalls £20

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.

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Saburo Teshigawara

Rihoko Sato

Emiko Murayama


Director: Saburo Teshigawara
Costume designer: Saburo Teshigawara
Lighting: Saburo Teshigawara
Production: KARAS

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