Tadashi Endo


Born:         August 31,1947 in Peking, China
Nationality: Japanese

Butoh-dancer, choreographer, director of the Butoh-Centre MAMU and artistic director of the Butoh-Festivals MAMU Butoh & Jazz in Göttingen embodies in the truest sense of that word the wisdom of both, the Western and Oriental dance and theatre traditions. After his study as a theatre director at the famous Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna, he performed with collaboration with jazz musicians. In 1989 he met Kazuo Ohno who already then realized a deep relationship between Endo's dance and the Butoh-dance. Since then Tadashi Endo developped his movements to that ethetic and expressive dance, as you can see today. His dance is like a synthesis of theatre,performance and dance, Tadashi Endo succeeds to express the field of tension between ying and yang, male and female and their everlasting alteration. He is the master of being "in between", that is Butoh - MA. Tadashi Endo is well known as a solodancer, performing all around the world with his solo-productions MA, TASOGARE, QUAI DAN, ONE NINE FOUR SEVEN, KARA DA KARA and SYNAPSIS as well as a choreographer and director with the productions METASEQUOIA, SENRO, MINOTAURUS, MIGRATION and MIGRATION 01 performed by his company the MAMU DANCE THEATRE, SHI ZEN performed by cie. LUME, Sao Paolo/Brasil, and SOPRO performed by Carlos Simioni/LUME.

SHI ZEN was nominated to the Shell Dance & Theater Award 2004 for it 's light  design and choreograhpy and also to the first No Ballett Award 2006 in Germany.
SYNAPSIS with Tadashi Endo was invited to Japan for the German Year “Germany in Japan" in September 2005.”

Tadashi Endo has the position as a guest professor at the "Hochschule für Darstellende Kunst" in Frankfurt am Main, Germany,  "The Academy of Music and Moving Arts" in Jerusalem, Israel,  and at the Núcleo Interdisciplinar des Pesquisas Teatrais, Unicamp, University Campinas/ Brazil.