Butoh Intensive Workshop/Performance Opportunity
Tadashi Endo May 25-31, 2019
Six day Intensive Butoh Workshop culminating in a student performance. Full participation is recommended. Dance or movement background strongly encouraged but not required.
When Tadashi Endo is teaching, he offers challenging warm ups, improvisational scores and choreographic work. He gives a deep view into Butoh philosophy and speaks to what Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata were thinking and tells us about their lives. But first he lets the students search for their own Butoh. To quote Kazuo Ohno, “everybody can dance Butoh,” it may be not the Japanese Butoh, but everybody can find their own movements in the sense of Butoh.
This will be Tadashi’s third visit to Chicago. He performed IKIRU- Requiem para Pina Bausch to a sold out show at the Old Town School of Folk Music in 2015 and Fukushima Mon Amour at Columbia College Chicago in 2016. He has led series of sold out workshops at OuterSpace Studios in Wicker Park each time, and now would like to workshop toward a student performance, HAUTNAH. We will focus on recovering, the space between things, finding new patterns, new imaginations, discovering new sensations, and encouraging continued growth in each of our bodies.
HAUTNAH means close to the skin. The performance will take place onsite @OuterSpace on the last evening of the workshop. The audience will sit very close, which means we must be strong and present. During the workshop, Tadashi will not rehearse with you exactly what you will dance, but he will give you time and space for you to research for yourself under his guidance.
@OuterSpace Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Saturday, May 25 1-5pm; 4hrs
Sunday, May 26 1-5pm; 4hrs
*LABOR DAY OFF*
Tuesday-Friday, May 28-31, 5-9pm; 4hrs/night
Early registration process until May 15.
$335 for full workshop.
Approximately $14/student hour, 2-5 day options available.
This workshop does build every day, but our lives and schedules may not allow for complete immersion. Come to as many as you can, and we welcome all curious bodies! The space does have a long set of stairs however, so regretfully it is not wheelchair/handicapped accessible. Student/volunteer discounts available upon request and availability. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Friday, May 31, 2019
Doors open 7pm, performance begins 7:30pm
$10 (suggested donation)
@OuterSpace Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
About Tadashi Endo:
Elève of the great butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, is a Butoh-dancer, choreographer, director of the Butoh-Centre MAMU and artistic director of the Butoh-Festivals MAMU Butoh & Jazz in Göttingen. He has coined his own way of Butoh dance which he calls “Butoh-MA”. MA is a very important word in zen buddhism, which has two meanings: the “emptiness” and “the space between the things”. Butoh-MA is one way to find the invisible visible. He believes the minimum of movements lets the expression of feelings and situations grow to highest intensity. For this work, it is more important to keep the balance between energy, tension and control than to care for the aesthetics of movement.
His dance is a synthesis of theatre, performance and dance. Tadashi Endo expresses the field of tension between ying and yang, male and female, and their everlasting alteration. “He manages to fill that void with a poetic beauty, precision movement and spiritual flavor. It`s like cut grass and cut glass, one smells good and brings back memory, the other cuts into you leaving a scar.” David Carter
Tadashi Endo collaborates with Germany’s most popular film- and opera director DORIS DÖRRIE, as choreographer for the opera Madame Butterfly (Theater am Gärtnerplatz München 2006), for the cinema film HANAMI-KIRSCHBLÜTEN (2007), the opera ADMETO (International Haendel Festival Göttingen and International Festival Edinburgh 2009) and DON GIOVANNI (Hamburgische Staatsoper 2011, 2012). In all these productions Tadashi Endo also appears as a solo dancer.
Since 2009 he is in continuous collaboration with Italy’s prima ballerina assoluta CARLA FRACCI, in “I HAVE A DREAM” (Teatro Massimo/Palermo Sicily 2009), and FUTURISMO (Teatro Nazionale in Rome, Italy 2010).
Tadashi Endo is a guest professor at the Hochschule für Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany, The Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel, and at the Nucleo Interdisciplinar des Pesyuisas TeatrUnicamp, University Campinas, Brazil.
Tadashi Endo is brought to you in partnership with Sara Zalek, ButohChicago, and OuterSpace.