Tadashi Endo and Flowers

Thank you to all those who brought and threw flowers on Saturday night ❤ A real honor to be with you at the opening of the 43 season @Dance_Center! The seeds have been planted for 2018 growing season…add water, good soil, and lets see what blooms.


Screen&Projector- Expanded Cinema
“Arguments about the body-mind or the controller versus the controlled are mostly carried out by using two words “choreography” and “improvisation”. But these
words are totally inadequate because the decision making or objectifying subject is
totally blurred in the peculiar state of consciousness of Butoh as an embodied primary
process.” Toshiharu Kasai

Interesting read on some concepts of the body-mind exploration of Butoh training: Publication by Toshiharu Kasai

Tadashi Endo in Chicago June 24-28

TADASHI ENDO THE MAMU DANCE THEATRE INTER.SEX    -   BUTOH-TANZ-THEATER 26./27.9.2009 / Junges Theater GšttingenPerforming for the first time in the U.S.

Tadashi Endo presents IKIRU-Réquiem para Pina Bausch at the Old Town School of Folk Music on June 24, followed by workshops June 25-28 for beginning and advanced students at the Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park.

June 24, 8pm
IKIRU-Réquiem para Pina Bausch
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N Lincoln Ave

June 25-28
MA Workshops

Outerspace, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave

This project is supported in part by 3Arts, only if the $5,000 goal is reached by June 15. Donate now to make it happen!

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Friday and Saturday Program

5th Vangeline MichaelBlaseCARDFIFTH OF BEETHOVEN
Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata- Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed and Choreographed by Vangeline

Music: Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67, first movement, conducted by Gothenburg Symphony and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel; Yoichiro Yoishikawa, Jean Renoir, Georges Van Parys, Patrick Bruel
Costume by Todd Thomas

Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (NYC), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century. She was born in Burgundy, France and moved to New York in 1993. Vangeline’s choreographic work spans performance on stage and in film and has been performed throughout the US for the past 10 years. Her work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and LA Weekly to name a few. Time OUT Chicago named Vangeline’s, “one of the best Dance Visits of 2011.” Since its inception in 2002, the Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh with the aesthetics of 21st century film noir. The Company’s unique style, which might be described as “Butoh meets film noir,”  is informed by Vangeline’s extensive training with Butoh Masters, including Tetsuro Fukuhara, Yoshito Ohno, Diego Pinon and Katsura Kan.

Vangeline is a regular guest Butoh teacher at universities such as Cornell University, New York University, and Brooklyn College. Recent invitations include a series of classes at Brown University in 2014 and a teaching residency at Princeton University in 2016 (Princeton Atelier). She is the founder of the 7-year running, award-winning program “Dream a Dream Project”, which brings Butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York City. Vangeline is currently in collaboration with the Marina Abromovic Institute and Neuroscientist Suzanne Dikker, exploring the intersection of Butoh and Neuroscience.

Between Worlds
Performed and choreographed by Sara Zalek
Music: Meredith Monk, “Evening”; The Daoist Music Orchestra of the White Cloud Daoist Temple in Beijing China, “Music for the Heavenly Worthies”; Nina Simone, “Feeling Good”

Between Worlds is an evolving work, which through the lens of Butoh, examines the rules of execution of three forms:  dance, theater, and performance art. Juxtaposed and woven together, this hybrid form disorients and entices the audience to follow
Hermaphrodite down a path between life and death, a place where dancing with spirits might actually happen.

Sara Zalek is an artist obsessed with time travel, experimental science, hybrid animals, permaculture, and the intentional act of transformation. Inspired by the likes of Hijikata, Kazuo Ono, Yoko Ono, Pina Bausch, and David Bowie.

Engaging otherness as it relates to transformative power, Sara uses Butoh training, drawing, object-making, and poetry as starting points. Her creative endeavors are specifically crafted to ignite dialog with the public with unexpected encounters; using risk, often with humor, and an intentional focus on that moment when the self is limitless potential.

Performed and Choreographed by Eli Halpern
Music: Ryoji Ikeda

Eli Halpern is a bitumen: a bit of business, a bit human. He records his lives bit by bit through performance. Eli co-organizes the New Room performance series and, with the Impossible! Collective, is participating in the LinkUp residency culminating next spring at Links Hall.

This presentation is provided with special thanks to the following beautiful people:
Vangeline,Chris Zalek, Aurora Tabar, Geoffrey Guy, Laura Andrea Peterson, Brooke Underwood, Catherine Yanes, Holly Chernobyl, Adam Rose, Jose Hernandez, Laura Goldstein, Kevin Simmons, Eli Halpern, April Noga, Carron Little, Stephanie Lupu, Wanda Jin, Allyson Esposito, Anne Kasdorf, Jason Greenwald, Lauren Beck, Rachel Ellison, Bryan Saner, Ginger Farley, Ayako Kato, Outerspace, High Concept Labs, Mana Contemporary and all you people there to witness.


Vangeline Coming to Chicago


Vangeline is back in Chicago this Fall to teach a Butoh workshop and perform her wildly acclaimed FIFTH OF BEETHOVEN. Vangeline’s approach is well informed by numerous Butoh Masters and her style is unique. Her workshops provide an opportunity to explore and move deeply into an embodied process, awakening lost parts of the human being, exploring all human qualities to transform our dance, our daily life and offer creative energy to the community.

Registration and Info
More about Vangeline

Thank you

Chicago 14 monster

Thank you to Yumiko, and to over 44 participants in the workshop April 9-13. We worked on our wave, our  visualizations of waterballs, ghost horse, fish eating bubbles, and so much more!

Yumiko Yoshioka – Chicago


“Body Breaks,Butoh Breakdancing and Beyond”, Chicago 2006

We are so excited to have Yumiko back here in Chicago, 8 years ago I met her, and her energy is curious, impish, extraordinary. Dance with us April 9-13 @Outerspace!