This Spring, Yumiko will be hosting a very special Chicago-style Butoh class, broadcasting live and in person from her home in Tokyo.
SAVE THE DATES March 18-20, 2022 Class times TBD
Three 90 minute classes with an opportunity for Q&A after the third class on March 20. Let us know if morning or evening classes would work better for you.
Yumiko has brought her very unique teaching to us many times in person, and this is her third online class for us during pandemic. We all look forward to the days when she will come again in person. For this set of classes we explore a new idea, won’t you join us?
What is onomatopoeia? (the sound that is the movement, for example, yura yura , puka puka, Aun, papipupepo….)
The word onomatopoeia comes from the combination of two Greek words, one meaning ‘name’ and the other meaning ‘I’ make. So, literally, onomatopoeia means the name (or sound) I make. For example, splat! or boing! Both these words are onomatopoeic and they mean nothing more than what they sound like.
These sounds become both playful and useful tools to deepen and cultivate our body and sensorial awareness.
Belonging to a third generation of Butoh artists, Yumiko has developed a personal style of bodywork called Body Resonance, which integrates Butoh practice with features of Noguchi Taiso gymnastics and various other Asian training methods to help prepare the body to receive and transmit dance and inspirations. Body Resonance starts from the idea that the world, including our body and soul, consists of vibrational waves that create constant resonances like echoes. When we tune our body to that frequency, we receive images, feelings and sensations accordingly. For this to happen, we need first to shake off unnecessary tension. In effect, we make a white canvas of our body to paint new color on it. I teach this as neutralization, encouraging a close-to-zero state, scouring off rust and polishing antenna to catch waves from profound layers of the body. The transformations and concentrations of dancing break up the eggshell of form. They melt down the armor of our ego, allowing resonant memories to emerge from our cells that are floating in the primal liquid of time.
Orchid: Dormancy and Becoming is an interdisciplinary dance and performance work by Mitsu Salmon with a live soundscape by La Spacer.
The work will be performed outside and interacts with the environment in which it is presented. Through dance, electronic dance music, and lectures; the piece investigates the history and symbolism of orchids as connected to imperialism, sexuality, and the environment. This project was made possible through the support of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Award.
Check out this article about Mitsu and the Orchid in the Chicago Reader here.
On Zoom (listed below in Chicago, Honolulu, Tokyo time) Friday in Chicago 8-9:30pm; Honolulu 3-4:30pm; Tokyo 10-11:30am Saturday in Chicago 8-9:30pm; Honolulu 3-4:30pm; Tokyo 10-11:30am Sunday in Chicago 8-9:30pm; Honolulu 3-4:30pm; Tokyo 10-11:30am
Workshop Content: *Release exercises, inspired by Noguchi Taiso (Gymnastics), Taichi and Yoga *Breathing exercises *Dynamic training for the flow of energy *Butoh-related work to activate our universal memories (sensitization, combination of image and movement with antenna exercises such as figure of 8, water ball, animal, insect, snake, witch and fairy, the creatures inside us, hanging body, walking, dialogue with a partner etc) *Structured improvisation, free association
A Message from Yumiko: “I call my dance approach (or my body work) “Body Resonance.”
The world, including our body and soul, consists of vibrational waves that create constant resonances like echoes. When we tune our body to a certain frequency, we consequently get a resonance, and according to the frequency, we get different resonances. In order for this to happen, we need to first get rid of unnecessary tension.
Butoh (dance) for me activates divergent body energies that are usually not seen or permitted in our daily life. In other words, as our body is a receptacle of time, we can evoke its forgotten memories through dance.
Butoh has the intensity to trigger that process, because it creates heat through friction and cold through stillness. The transformations and concentrations of dancing break up the eggshell of form, melt down our armor of ego, as our stiff cells and sealed memories float in the primal liquid of time. Through a dialogue with our body, we learn not how to move, but to be moved. Consequently we realize that we are a part of the Universal, the wholeness.
My workshop, hopefully, can offer a help to enjoy that transformative /transcendental process of our entire presence.”
Contact email@example.com if you have questions about this workshop.
Yumiko Yoshioka is a Japanese Butoh dancer and choreographer from Tokyo. Since 1988 she has been based in Germany. Yumiko is a former member of Ariadone, the first female Butoh company, which was founded by Ko Murobushi and Carlotta Ikeda in 1974. In 1978, she performed with Ko and Carolotta in Paris, LE DERNIER EDEN – PORTE DE L’AU-DELA, the very first Butoh performance to be presented in a public theatre outside Japan. In 1988 she met Minako Seki and delta RA’i in Berlin, with whom she founded tatoeba THÉÂTRE DANCE GROTESQUE. This experience, along with work with the Butoh dancer Kim-Itoh, encouraged Yumiko to start to unfold her own personal style of dancing and choreography.
In 1989 she also started to develop and teach her own form of bodywork. The approach became a pillar of her career as a reflection of her profound understanding of the importance of deepening consciousness of the body, not only in order to dance and express, but also to illuminate our daily life, opening ourselves to the deeper layers of our inner world and rediscovering a subtle beauty in each moment. The strength of this perception led her to create her own method of bodywork, called “Body Resonance”
Mitsu Salmon will lead a Butoh, Japanese contemporary dance, workshop. We will work with guided imagery, movement and structured improvisation. The workshop draws from aspects and the trainings of Butoh and interweaves them with visions and textures of the desert from cacti to fission. The class will start with Noguchi exercises, which foster an experience of the body as water with the goal of encountering and releasing the body. Once our bodies and imaginations are opened, we will go into movement prompts. We will roll around in the sand, embody turtles and eat sour plums. Our bodies will become water seeping into cracks of rocks and ice creating ancient land formations. We will pull from imagery connected to animism, geology and physics. Students are welcome to modify exercises based on their comfort and inventiveness. The series works well together but also fine do drop-in. All levels welcome and please wear comfortable clothing.
In week one, we will have a quick introduction to Butoh and Noguchi, looking at the history of the dance form and learning warm-ups. From there we will imagine rolling through various landscapes such as desert, ice and rock to embody land formations. We will explore various energies as connected to sensation and movement such as electric, nuclear and fission. We will then be introduced to brush walking (suri ashi), a meditative form of traditional butoh walking.
In week two, we will start off again with the Noguchi warm-up. Looking at the writing of Kazuo Ohno, one of the founders of Butoh, we will dive into plant (desert and other) improvisation. We will explore ideas of ancestors and the environment. We will then be guided through layered imagery starting with a grandma eating plums to becoming a turtle.
In week three, we will build upon the Noguchi warm up. We will then work with Kazuo Ohno prompt connected to family, the desert landscape and rain. We will then review brush walking. From there we will look at explosive energy and physical and emotional release.
In week three, we will build about the Noguchi warm-up. I will then introduce examples and ideas of mythical creatures. From there we will be guided through one’s own imagery of mythical creatures. There creatures will then interact with one another whether through battle, dance or dream.
An introduction. Bob’s Compilation is a solid list for anyone looking to tap into sensitivity trainings of mind body awareness from a lineage of Butoh. Bob has a twenty year plus record of attending workshops and participating in performances with many of Butoh’s legendary masters. Both formal and informal techniques originate from Japanese masters, and have adapted and regenerated into European descendants, and folded back into it’s roots, which are a collage of Japanese, African, European, and American art, dance and performance styles of the early twentieth century. Butoh tends to have a murky water flavor, teaming with variation, nuance, and multiplicity. In our estimation, this dance form is the endless trickster, it becomes a ritual dance of the present, to mark a specific time and place, to be shared by all humans, including immigrants, refugees, otherly abled, and worldwide outsider artists seeking to express through the body, all of its vivid dimension. TransfoRMiNg, unLeaRNINg, DisCoVERIng, Resilience TraiNING. And More. All classes are suggested donation. Please do be aware that all of these artists support themselves by sharing their accumulated knowledge online. If you find any error or wish to add classes to this list, please reach out and let us know, we can update and revise as we go. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tuesday: 4-5:30am US eastern time Yumi Umiumare‘s butoh class from Melbourne, Australia She also operates on a suggested pay-what-you-can donation basis Register ahead of time with Yumi and she’ll add you to the class. Email Yumi, and she’ll send you the link: https://www.yumi.com.au/contact
1pm to 3pm US eastern time: Maureen Fleming‘s Metamorphosis class (from upstate NY). Butoh inspired, involves the use of elastic bands (that you can buy from Maureen) for the first half of the class, which is largely stretching and range of motion exercises, and the second half is learning a series of five Metamorphoses, which are sort of poetic moving poses that transition from one into the other. $100 for full series of 8 classes (twice a week). If you take Maureen’s class, you will want to get the elastic band set from them (it’s an excellent exercise tool) at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maureen-fleming-metamorphosis-series-tickets-103296628998
Belonging to a third generation of Butoh artists, Yumiko has developed a personal style of bodywork called Body Resonance, which integrates Butoh practice with features of Noguchi Taiso gymnastics and various other Asian training methods to help prepare the body to receive and transmit dance and inspirations.
Butoh/Curios/Chi hosts 3 days of Body Resonance On Zoom (listed below in US Central Time)
Earthdance hosts 3 days of Body Resonance On Zoom (these times in Central Daylight Time): Friday 11–12pm & 12:30–1:30pm Saturday 11–12pm & 12:30–1:30pm Sunday 11–12pm & 12:30–1:30pm More information and registration here.
WITD hosts 2 days of Body Resonance On Zoom (these times in Central Daylight Time): Saturday & Sunday 12-1:30pm More information and registration link here.
May 8 – 10
Bob Lyness from Hawaii will host a class especially for those in that part of the world! 5:00 – 6:30pm Hawaii time 10:00-11:00pm Chicago time Register here or contact : Bob Lynness @email@example.com
Yumiko’s words: “Body Resonance starts from the idea that the world, including our body and soul, consists of vibrational waves that create constant resonances like echoes. When we tune our body to that frequency, we receive images, feelings and sensations accordingly. For this to happen, we need first to shake off unnecessary tension. In effect, we make a white canvas of our body to paint new colour on it. I teach this as neutralization, encouraging a close-to-zero state, scouring off rust and polishing antenna to catch waves from profound layers of the body. The transformations and concentrations of dancing break up the eggshell of form. They melt down the armour of our ego, allowing resonant memories to emerge from our cells that are floating in the primal liquid of time.”
Yumiko Yoshioka: dancer, choreographer, teacher, art director is a Japanese Butoh dancer and choreographer originally from Tokyo. Since 1988 she has been based in Berlin. Yumiko was a former member of Ariadone in 1974, the first female Butoh company, founded by Carlotta Ikeda and Ko Murobushi. In 1978, she performed with Carlotta and Ko in Paris ”Le Dernier Eden- Porte de L’Au-Dela,“ the very first Butoh performance to be presented in a public theatre outside Japan. In 1988 she founded tatoeba THÉÂTRE DANCE GROTESQUE with Minako Seki and delta RA’i in Berlin (1988–1996). Between 1995–2015 she was a core member of TEN PEN CHii art labor, an interdisciplinary and experimental art formation, as a dancer and a choreographer along with JoaXhim Manger (visual artist) and Zam Johnson (composer and musician). Since 1995 she has also set up various collaborative projects across Europe such as “eX…it!, Dance eXchange Festival” at Schloss Bröllin in Germany, dance projects with Gest-Azione, with Annalisa Maggiani from Italy, and dance creations with Rena Konstantaki from Greece. Many other collaborations with international artists and dancers encouraged Yumiko to unfold her own personal style of dancing and choreography. www.yumiko-yoshioka.com