Concerts & Events

Wednesday, June 24, 2015  ♦  8:00 PM

Tadashi Endo

IKIRU - Réquiem para Pina Bausch

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

  • Performing for the first time in the U.S.

    Tadashi Endo, former student of one of the originators of Butoh, Kazuo Ohno, is currently director of the Butoh-Center MAMU and the Butoh-Festivals MAMU, based in Göttingen, Vienna. In his extraordinary dances, Endo expresses the field of tension between Ying and Yang, the male and female, and their ever-lasting alteration. In describing his own work, Endo “uses the suggestive power of concentrated movement phrases to explore the closure of life's cycles." He opens up a space that can be either calming or irritating; the observer submerges themselves into a world beyond time and words. His repertoire includes No theatre, Kabuki, and Butoh, as well as the traditional forms of Occidental theatre.

    IKIRU-Réquiem para Pina Bausch
    Tadashi Endo and Pina Bausch got to know each other through their friendship to Peter Kowald (double bass) and to the great Butoh-Master Kazuo Ohno.

    They all had the same wish: they wanted to bring love and humanity into this world with their art. IKIRU is dedicated to Pina Bausch, who gave dance another spirit and another dimension. Pina Bausch will live forever through her dance and her idea of expressive dance theatre.

    From Tadashi, “As I saw Pina Bausch in “Kaffee Müller“ - blind and unsure, weak but strong to overcome all hurdles (chairs) with the imperturbable wish to reach the goal. I was so impressed, I can never forget this scene. Life and death are so close to each other. If there is no life there is no death. Birth is the first step to death. Pina Bausch died. Michael Jackson died. Kazuo Ohno died. It is frightening - death is coming closer.

    It makes me so sad, when I realize that important artists, who have given some influences in my own work, suddenly are gone - for ever. But it makes me also very strong. This very moment I have to start to go on much stronger than before. I have the feeling that I have to work much more, much deeper.

    Thank you, Pina. Thank you, Kazuo Ohno.”

    Tadashi will also teach workshops at Outerspace (1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Thursday through Sunday following his performance.

    Click here for more info.

    Special thanks to our sponsor, Butoh Chicago.


The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000