creation 2017

© Martin Colombet

Originally conceived while in residence at the Saison Foundation in Japan, ENDO represents a continuation of David Wampach’s work. His body of work includes pieces from 2011 that make revisit the history of dance. Pieces like CASSETTE or SACRE, where he put the relevance of classical ballet’s influence on modern vocabulary up for debate, shouldering the legacy of the Nutcracker and The Rite of Spring.

In ENDO, choreographed for Montpellier Danse, he takes another snapshot of history, this time from the vantage point of the Japanese writer, photographer, director, and sports diarist, Shuji Terayama (1935-1983), drawing on endoticism. Founded in the 60s and 70s by Picasso and Francis Bacon, endoticism called conceptual art and all forms of exoticism into question in order to, in the words of the writer Georges Perec, “Examine that which really comes from within and that we have since overlooked... To examine what seems to surprise us no longer... No longer exotic, but endotic”.

Built upon this demanding concept, ENDO re-examines the heritage of performance and the customs of performance art that existed in parallel with endoticism, in which artists like Terayama and members of the Gutaï group in Japan came to prominence. The body as the centre of danced performance, at once material, media, instrument, subject, and spectator, nourishing the postures adopted on stage, as engaging politically as it is aesthetically.

Lise Ott


choreography • David Wampach in collaboration with Tamar Shelef
interpretation • Tamar Shelef, David Wampach
visual work • Rachel Garcia
dramaturgic reflections • Marie Orts
artistic advice • Dalila Khatir, Marie Orts, Christian Ubl
light • Nicolas Boudier
sound • Gaspard Guilbert
additionnal music • Nisennenmondai, Tout Est Beau / Erwan Ha Kyoon Larcher
stage management • Jean-Marc Ségalen
sound management • Jordan Dixneuf
thanks to • Sabine Seifert, Marjorie Potiron, Maxime Guillon-Roi-Sans-Sac, Erwan Ha Kyoon Larcher, Anaïs Malaret, Antoine Billet

production and touring • Karen Jouve
administration • Sylvie Suire

executive production
• Association Achles

coproduction • Uzès Danse CDC, Festival Montpellier Danse 2017, Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours

with the support of • Le Parvis Scène Nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, L’échangeur CDCN Hauts-de-France, CND - un centre d’art pour la danse, Tanzhaus Zürich, Saison Foundation (Tokyo/Japon), l’Agence des Affaires Culturelles du gouvernement du Japon, Villa Kujoyama (Kyoto/Japon)
David Wampach was invited by the Saison Foundation in Tokyo as Visiting Fellow in 2016

references • the piece is inspired by performances of Ana Mendieta, Paul McCarthy, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Valie Export, Shuji Terayama, Kazuo Shiraga, Jackson Pollock.

June 26 and 27, 2017 • Festival Montpellier Danse
April 19, 2018 • Legs Festival, Charleroi Danse • La Raffinerie, Brussels
April 21, 2018 • Live Arts Week, Bologna
June 13, 2018 • Festival Uzès Danse, La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie
October 5 and 6, 2018 • Yeah Yeah Yeah dance festival / Rotefabrik, Zurich
October 10 and 11, 2018 • Festival de Danza contemporanea / Centro
Cultural San martin, Buenos Aires
January 16 and 17, 2019 • Montpellier Danse / La Vignette, Montpellier
January 24 and 25, 2019 • TQW Tanzquartier wien, Vienne
February 7 and 8, 2019 • Le Pavillon Noir, CCN Aix en Provence
March 26, 2019 • KLAP Maison pour la danse, Marseille
November 28 and 29, 2019 • Carreau du temple, Paris
March 10, 2020 • Théâtre d'Orléans
May 7 and 8, 2021 • Teatros del Canal, Madrid
March 5 and 6, 2022 • Mercat de les Flors, Barcelone
March 16,17 and 18, 2023 • CND, Paris
November 16, 2023 • Le Manège, Reims