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Butoh - MA

TADASHI ENDO

director of the Butoh-Center MAMU and the Butoh-Festivals MAMU in Göttingen - embodies in the truest sense of that word the wisdom of both, the Western and Oriental dance and theatre traditions.
His repertory includes No theatre, Kabuki and Butoh, as well as the traditional forms of Occidental theatre, which he studied at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna.
In this synthesis of worldwide traditions, T. Endo transcends the boundaries of each, although Butoh's trancelike absorption into oneself continues to be visible as the starting point of his movement.
In his extraordinary dances, T. Endo succeeds to express the field of tension between Ying and Yang, the male and female and their ever lasting alteration. He uses the suggestive power of concentrated movement phrases to explore the closure of life's cycles. He opens up a voide space which can be either calming or irritating, and in the experience of which the observer submerges him-/herself into a world beyond time and words: that is MA.

MA in ZEN-Buddhism means "emptyness" and "space between the things". Butoh MA is the way to make the unvisible visible. The minimum of movements lets the expression of feelings and situations grow to highest intensity. It is more important to keep the balance between energy, tension and control, than to care for the ethetics of the movements. MA means to be IN BETWEEN.
MA is the moment just at the end of a movement and before the beginning of the next one.
MA
is like standing on the riverside watching the water floating along. You want to reach the other side but the other side means death. You want to finish your life on this side but not yet, you are half here and half over there. Your soul is waiting for the last step - completely calm - without breathing - completely quiet - not dead and not alive - this is MA.

 

   

What does it mean - MAMU?
MAMU is the combination of the two words in Zen-buddism Ma and Mu
MA - means space in between
MU - the big emptiness

But the sound of MAMU seems to be like the first word of a baby.

 

 
MAMU Manifest

MAMU 1
Child from a mammut
Child out of rotten things

MAMU 2
Power, which is always rising, ever and everywhere,
in the air, in the sand, in the steam, in red and white.

MAMU 3
MAMU exists and does not exist.
Events, which disappear and will be born,
hiding and showing themselves.

MAMU 4
MAMU is an other country,
born in the chaos of crossings and activites,
MAMU is another body.

MAMU 5
Shy - hesitating
Like a cat - identifying with hesitating, - with hesitating realizing the differences.

MAMU 6
To recognize all differences and drifting along with affirmation,
this power is HUMOUR.

MAMU 7
Big like a mammut, tiny small like a mammut -child
Living in wild sensitivity.

MAMU 8
About Butoh
Butoh is everywhere -MAMU is everywhere.
Grasping all threads, which lead through MAMU to Butoh,
through Butoh to MAMU.

MAMU 9
New horn, new fingernails, new hair, new breast,
new lips, new knees, new eyeapples and new soles of the feet.

MAMU 10
The key which leads to MAMU opens your new body and your new house
and leads you to new ways, new journeys, and new dreams,
to new ethic.

MAMU 11
OUT in IN
To walk beyond your own limits.

MAMU 12
MAMUbird, MAMUcloud,
MAMUfruits and fruitstones,
MAMUhills, MAMUvoice
Discover.

Tadashi Endo & Ko Murobushi