Usually, in a Western context, when you sit in a theatre watching a performance, you hold your breath, trying to concentrate on the dynamics of the dancers, who are probably keeping their bodies and breath as tensed as yours, if the performance is emotionally demanding. “Scream And Whisper,” however, the new creation by Saburo Teshigawara, premiered in Sala Petrassi in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, conveyed a very different and intense sensation – at certain moments you could feel your own breath flowing with the dancers’.
And if you read the programme afterwards, you found that Teshigawara himself explains: “Scream And Whisper” is the “breathing of emotion,” “the beating of the heart,” “the flow of blood.” To be honest, it’s not exactly “normal” for the artists’ intentions and the actual production to correspond. For that reason, it is a pleasure to see a whole company devoted to demonstrating, even living, the purpose in this piece.
It starts with a solo in black by Kei Miyata, in the typical slow-quick alternation of rhythms favoured by Teshigawara, which then gives way to a section in which three girls in white and two boys with a touch of red in their costumes ...