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.
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.
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.
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.
Child from a mammut
Child out of rotten things
Power, which is always rising, ever and everywhere,
in the air, in the sand, in the steam, in red and white.
MAMU exists and does not exist.
Events, which disappear and will be born,
hiding and showing themselves.
MAMU is an other country,
born in the chaos of crossings and activites,
MAMU is another body.
Shy - hesitating
Like a cat - identifying with hesitating, - with hesitating realizing the differences.
To recognize all differences and drifting along with affirmation,
this power is HUMOUR.
Big like a mammut, tiny small like a mammut -child
Living in wild sensitivity.
Butoh is everywhere -MAMU is everywhere.
Grasping all threads, which lead through MAMU to Butoh,
through Butoh to MAMU.
New horn, new fingernails, new hair, new breast,
new lips, new knees, new eyeapples and new soles of the feet.
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.
OUT in IN
To walk beyond your own limits.
MAMUfruits and fruitstones,
Tadashi Endo & Ko Murobushi