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Butoh-MA Workshop

Butoh-MA Workshop

TADASHI ENDO, elève of the great butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, found his own way of dance
which he calls “Butoh - MA”. MA is a very important word in zen buddhism, which has two
meanings: the “emptyness” and “the space between the things”.
When Tadashi Endo is teaching, it is not only hard warming up, improvisations and choreographical work,
he also tries to give a deap view into the butoh philosophy, tells a lot about
what Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata were thinking  and about their lives as “butoh-ist”. But first of all
he always tries to let the students search for their own butoh. Like Kazuo Ohno says: ”everybody can dance Butoh” but
may be not the Japanese butoh. Everybody can find his/her own movements in the sense of butoh. To succeed in this
resesarch you need emptiness so that new ideas and new imaginations with new patterns of movements
can grow in your mind and in your body.

Butoh-MA is the way to make the invisible 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 esthetics of the movements.
"The dancer shall not dance - but schould be danced"      
Tadashi Endo has the position as 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.