Mari Osanai Noguchi Taiso

Mari Osanai’s workshop focuses on Noguchi Taiso combined with the influences of her early training in Tai Chi, western dance methods, traditional folk dance in Aomori, Japan (her birthplace), and the connection between one’s thoughts and sensation of weight. Noguchi Taiso (Water Body movement) has been widely appreciated and incorporated/integrated into Butoh movement practice

Mari Osanai Workshop

This is a unique opportunity to explore the Noguchi Taiso work with a master teacher. Osanai’s approach to movement research and exploration begins with a heightened awareness of gravity’s influence on the body and the body’s connection with the center of the earth. WHERE: Japanese Culture Center, 1016 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

Wed April 5, 1-5pm
Thurs April 6, 1-5pm
Fri April 7, 1-5pm
Sun April 9, 1-5pm

Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival

bat-tle: Friction caused by entities who disagree, collide, or conflict
When called to Battle, where do we stand? In resolution? Rebuke? Revenge? Each performance this year features artists exploring the concept of Battles and alternative possibilities.

International Guest Artists
I’m delighted to welcome artists Ken Mai (Finland) and Mari Osanai (Japan), and Paul Michael Henry (Scotland) teaching workshops throughout the month. Local and Visiting Artists include Kiam Marcelo Junio, Wannapa P-Eubanks, Cristal Sabbagh, Holly Chernobyl, Carole McCurdy, EfrĂ©n Arcoiris, Adam Rose and April Lynn, //interference, Peter Redgrave, Alba Soto, Pepper Pepper and More

Noguchi Taiso Workshops

Noguchi Taiso physical training technique was founded in Japan by Michizo Noguchi. Mari Osanai explains “it’s not about strength or resistance, or forcing the body to move in a certain way. Instead, it allows the body to melt. It is tender and flexible, and lets us give in to gravity rather than fight it. Noguchi Taiso allows us to find a more natural way to move.

Thank you!

To ALL, who shared, participated, witnessed, and survived this full month of Battles:SS3 with us, we thank you with our whole hearts which have grown over three sizes! We have discovered that some things that may seem impossible or too challenging to take on, are TOTALLY possible, invigorating, and even (en)lightening. We have to say we couldn’t have done it with you all.

Butoh Workshop Recommendations

We have been getting so many questions about which workshops to take, its so much information to take in, I just want to give you my brief recommendations based on your expressed interests. All of the workshops are four hours per day, and we recommend you bring clothes that are comfortable for moving in, a journal, water, and snacks as you need, like fruit or nuts. Take as many days in a row as you can for the richest experience.

Battles: SS3 Calendar Of Events

WORKSHOPS Mari Osanai Noguchi/Butoh Workshops April 5, 6, 7, 9, 1-5pm @Japanese Culture Center, 1016 W. Belmont Ave. Paul Michael Henry Butoh Workshops  April 14-15, 12-4pm @High Concept Labs, 2233 S. Throop. Ken Mai Butoh Workshops  April 26, 27, 28, 30, 1-5pm @Japanese Culture Center, 1016 W. Belmont Ave. PERFORMANCES April 8, Doors open at … Continue reading Battles: SS3 Calendar Of Events

Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival

Battles: SS3, coming to Chicago April 5–29, 2017 will feature both local and international artists, and include lectures and performances, workshops, films, and community dinners. It is the third in a series of Post-Butoh Festivals, Spawned Seeds in 2014 and SSII in 2015. From these events, Butoh Chicago has become a hub for cultural exchange, featuring weekly classes, intensive workshops and events that showcase this enigmatic style of contemporary dance, Butoh.