Body Tales – Jakob Maché

Based on the assumptions of various cultural traditions and neuroscience, this workshop aims at awakening old trans-generational memories buried in our bodies and let our bodies narrate it with its own gestures. Our focus lies hereby on our center, the enteric nervous system controlling our bowels, which acts like our brains autonomously. In order to deeply connect with ourselves and our dancing partners through our collective unconscious, we employ Katsugen Undo exercises, fundamental floor work from contact improvisation, atomic shakes and other techniques.

Friday, March 2 3-6pm
Saturday, March 3 12-3pm
@OuterSpace Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Eventbrite - Body Tales. Jakob Maché

Registration $36/day, or $65 for both days.

The workshop is open to anybody who is ready to explore the whole depth of our existence. Jakob will also be performing at a ONE NIGHT ONLY event March 3 at Elastic Arts, Chicago, Yelling at the Dark!

Jakob Maché was born in Vienna, visiting Chicago for the very first time. Since 2012, he has been teaching workshops in contact improvisation in Austria, France, Germany, Nigeria and Benin. He received his training from teachers like Adalisa Menghini, Jörg Hassmann, Nancy Stark Smith, Anzhelika Doni, Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Frey Faust and in Butoh from Minako Seki, Yuko Kaseki, Imre Thormann, Yumiko Yoshioka, Natsu Nakajima, Masaki Iwana, Ken Mai et Yoshito Ohno. Recent collaborations involve Michael Schmacke (Fake Masters, Berlin), Lynda Ait Amer (Berlin) et Mex Schlüpfer at the Volksbühne Berlin and Illuminate Theatre (Lagos).

 

Mari Osanai Noguchi Taiso

@Japanese Culture Center, 1016 W. Belmont Avenue

Thursday/ Friday Feb 8-9 12-5pm
Saturday February 10 1-7pm
Sunday February 11 5:30-9:30pm

Back in Chicago from Battles #1: Ground Work, 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. 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.
Mari Osanai is an independent dancer, choreographer, Noguchi Taiso teacher. She is based in Aomori, Japan. She has performed and given workshops in the United States, Canada, Greece.
Exercises in the workshop train the body to embrace its weight and heighten its sensitivity to move from its most relaxed and receptive state. Starting with images, such as washing the body with water, air, sunlight, workshop participants will discover the body’s vital energies rooted in its inherent hydrodynamics. Movement and form result as participants ingest imagery inside their bodies and allow the changes to shift the body’s interior.

Community Dance Class w/Ginger Krebs

Typically on First Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm
Next Classes: April 4, May 2, and June 6
at Volta Performing Arts, 2142 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647
$10/class

In these butoh-inspired movement classes we’ll work with specific pressure points (throat, jugular, sternum, femoral artery, instep…)  and the twin impulses to protect (make a beetle of oneself), and to roll over and show your belly.  We’ll also experiment with breath, “porousness” and yielding to gravity in order to invite swooping and acceleration, on the one hand, and steady, continuous movement, on the other.  All skill levels welcome!

Ginger Krebs is a dancemaker, performer, and visual artist whose work has been shown recently in Chicago at the Chicago Artists Coalition, Loyola University, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hyde Park Art Center, and site-specifically at a traffic island in Wicker Park.  Much of her movement suggests potential energy: the quivering of a body managing, defying, preparing for, or avoiding, rather than progressing decisively through space.  Some inspirations for her new project, Escapes and Reversals, include wrestling, drone warfare, Swan Lake, and an instructional video that explains how to debone a chicken.  Krebs is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Performance and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

www.gingerkrebs.com     

Ginger Krebs, Oct 1 & 8

Welcome Ginger Krebs back to Sundays Butoh Body class! As part of the OuterSpace Soft Opening, this weeks class is FREE. Welcome your dark side to the dance 12-2pm, October 1 (free), Oct 8 ($15 drop-in, Butoh Body class cards, or NEW OuterSpace Frequent Flyer Cards.

From Ginger, “We’ll work with rhythm, sometimes letting ourselves being carried by continuous loops, and at other times working against rhythm to discover new and surprising ways of moving.

We’ll explore the impulses to provoke and to protect, finding inspiration in our lives and in lesser known predator-prey dynamics.”

Ginger Krebs has been creating, performing and directing multi-disciplinary performance projects since 2005. Her work has been presented recently in Chicago at The Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Artists Coalition, the Storefront Theater, and the Hyde Park Art Center. She was awarded a MAP Fund grant for innovation in live performance in 2015, and her 2016 performance, Buffer Overrun, was chosen for the Chicago Tribune’s Best dance of 2016. Krebs is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Performance and Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
www.gingerkrebs.com

Diego Piñón Body Ritual Movement (Samhain Edition)

Warmly welcome Diego Piñón to Chicago for
(Samhain Edition) Body Ritual Movement
October 27-29 at Outerspace Studios

Friday, Oct 27 6-10pm $65
Saturday, Oct 28 12pm-6:30pm $95
Sunday, October 29 12pm-6:30pm  $95
Full Weekend $215 (contact us for other payment options, butohchicago@gmail.com )

Eventbrite - Diego Piñon Body Ritual Movement (Samhain Edition)

“Butoh, since it’s beginnings in 1959, has always confronted notions of tradition, legacy, culture, innovation and contemporary manifestation. From the beginning, the key to this path has been the relentless search for the essence of art, as a refuge to our humanity.”

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BRM Trainings are both emotionally intense and physically challenging. Techniques that stimulate, expand and recapture energy from the body through the senses are used. The body is trained to awaken these sensitivities and vital energies in order to transform the limitations perceived in ourselves. A key foundation to the training is how it consciously uses a collective group experience to engage and expand this energy beyond the individual. It is from this enhanced opening that the creative and artistic work can begin to emerge. BRM proposes methods that stimulate sensory sensitivity, the imagination, and creativity to support the deep expression of each individual through movement.

BRM Training involves high-impact aerobic movement, active meditation, and guided improvisation; all embraced within a sense of communal ritual. The collective physical training consists of stretching, shaking, jumping, low-level groundwork, balancing, partnering, weight sharing, impulse exchange, bodywork, bioenergetics, breath expansion, and transpersonal communication.

Training for the spine, joints, and internal body spaces—our energetic centers—through focused breathing are used to regenerate and expand the currents of energetic exchange between our internal and external realities. Active meditation exercises are introduced to quiet the mind and awaken original, non-reactive impulses for organic movement. Guided improvisations then give participants the opportunity to integrate this newfound sensory awareness within their physical body, external environments, and the collective presence to reach new realms of creative potential.

Embodying the Spirit

TWO EVENINGS OF BUTOH TRAINING
September 26/27 6-9:30pm $50 per night, $90 for both
@Outerspace!! 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Register online

Embodying the Spirit: Butoh Training with Joan Laage
Experience training methods towards a supple body and mind, and investigate aesthetics common to Butoh through creative explorations. This workshop is a process of erasing and re-creating the body through guided improvisation largely inspired by nature imagery. ETS explores endless questions: What is life? What is the human condition? What is the body? How can we experience infinity within the body/mind? The workshop structure includes exercises and explorations of physical body, nature body, and transforming body. Group and partner work will facilitate participants’ individual and collective journeys. The workshop draws from her training with Butoh Masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa and her background as a Tai Chi practitioner and professional gardener.

Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh) studied under butoh masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa and performed with Ashikawa’s group Gnome in Japan in the late 80s. After settling in Seattle in 1990, she formed Dappin’ Butoh, a company known for its appearances in Seattle’s fringe theater and dance festivals. Joan has performed and taught at national and international butoh and dance festivals, and was a featured artist at the UCLA Butoh Symposium in May 2011, and has been an adjunct faculty at Cornish College of The Arts (Seattle). She is featured in Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, And Japan and Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy by Sondra Horton Fraleigh. She performs frequently at the Seattle Japanese Garden where she is a docent. Joan is known as a NW butoh pioneer, and is a founding member of DAIPANbutoh Collective which produces an annual butoh festival in Seattle. www.seattlebutoh-laage.com www.daipanbutoh.com

Please direct any questions to butohchicago@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest!

July 25 & July 2 Efrén Arcoiris leads BB

Efren ArcoirisWhat lies beneath our surface, what creature to we keep submerged in dark waters?

Join us at Butoh Body for the next two Sundays with guest teacher Efrén Arcoiris. 

Efrén has prepared a series of exercises they learned from the brilliant teacher Mari Osanai, to allow us to feel the natural flow of water through our bodies. A guided journey through clear streams, gentle rains, storms, bogs and mires to vast oceans.  Says Efrén, “I will bring my training as a reiki master teacher to this session, with an intention for us to move though stagnant energy and rejuvenate ourselves through our collective dance.”

Efrén Arcoiris is an artist, performer, healer and teacher living in Chicago, Illinois.  Arcoiris’ performance practice draws from studies in Butoh, as well as various healing modalities and ritual structures.  They approach performance as an opportunity to mediate the relationship between self and universal and to dissolve these boundaries.  Arcoiris brings their sculpture practice to their movement work, employing object’s symbolic meanings and associations to weave a story through dance. Efren has performed at various locations in Chicago including: Links Hall, Dfbrl8r, High Concept Laboratories, 2nd Floor Rear Festival and has performed and shown internationally in Mexico City at the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico curated by S+S Project and Perras del Museo.  Currently Arcoiris recently debuted “Odessa” with their performance collective Burning Orchid, which premiered at Links Halls in April.  Efrén Arcoiris earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher.

Cristal Sabbagh, Guest Teacher

Sundays June 11 & June 18
Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park
12-2pm

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Cristal Sabbagh, photo by Ji Yang

“How do you enter the stage in honesty, in a pure state of expression? It depends on the state of truth the body can reach—integrating the joy to move as well the pain to survive” Diego Pinon.

Cristal will be guiding and collaborating with the group a number of techniques to break out of habit, awaken the senses, and to cultivate deeper connections. She’ll use an interdisciplinary approach that will incorporate abstract drawings, organic sounds, guided words, and movements to further link participants to their creative energy.

Cristal Sabbagh is an art educator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, a fine artist, and interdisciplinary movement artist. Her work is motivated by a multitude of areas such as: film, culture, history, death/rebirth, hip-hop, butoh and improvised sound. In Cristal’s performances her goal is to organically transform her body, & display authentic emotion. Butoh has allowed her to connect to memories, her ancestors, and to her spirit. In essence she’s expanded her consciousness and she’ll continue to bring forth more offerings to her audience. Cristal is part of Marie Casimir’s Djasporas dance collective, which performed at the Instigation Festivals in Chicago and New Orleans, the Instigation Orchestra. She is also currently in a dance collective with Wannapa P Eubanks, called Body Strata, which develops works alongside Renee Baker’s Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Cristal has studied with many butoh masters: Daisuke Yoshimoto, Katsura Kan, Kayo Mikami, Natsu Nakajima, Koh Morobushi, Tadashi Endo, Yumiko Yoshioka, The Tamanos, Ken Mai, and Diego Pinon.

Read more about Butoh Body Sunday Open Classes

 

Battles#3: Spoils & Return

Saturday, April 292016revival-holly-chernobyl
Japanese Culture Center
1016 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago
Doors open 7pm
Donations kindly accepted
RSVP here: https://battle3.eventbrite.com/

Featuring:
Ken Mai
Holly Chernobyl
Kiam Marcelo Junio
Allen Turner

“The spoils of war have included the defeated populations, which were often enslaved, and the women and children absorbed into the victorious country’s population.”

“The Spoils of war have included the defeated populations, which were often enslaved, and the women and children absorbed into the victorious country’s population.”  (Wikipedia) A time where loot and lives were taken and often worn in the name of some country, some warlord, some king, still exists in us.  We deeply know violence and oppression, it lives and breathes in our bodies. Is it possible to transform our trauma, for our pain to become our teacher?

To reframe our Return, what victory do we celebrate? Do we not still embody old paradigms of winners and losers, the oppressors and the oppressed? For these suspended moments, we might release this tension, to find any small space for empathy to rise.

Do we know how to live without war? Without claiming our own lives more important than the lives of others? We accept the truth of our answer.

This night, we attempt to embrace both Ourselves and the Other, our shadow and our light. In preparation for the next.

Butoh Workshop Recommendations

SS 3 PROMOArtistsEarly Registration Deadlines extended until March 25, so register now to save some bucks! 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. 

Mari Osanai‘s training will focus on water-body exercises, a way to discover the body’s vital energies rooted in its inherent hydrodynamics. This workshop is ideal for those interested in the healing arts and tension releasing techniques to increase mobility in the joints and fascia. Dancers, teachers, healers, this is a moment to learn from a Master level teacher of Noguchi gymnastics with over 25 years of experience. This is the first of its kind workshop in Chicago! Workshops April 5-9 at the Japanese Culture Center, Register here

Paul Michael Henry is a radical punk activist from Glasglow, who themes include dealing with neglect of the body, destruction of the environment and atrophy of the soul in consumerist society. He performs, curates festivals, and organizes workshops with Master level teachers from around the globe. His workshops are focused on The Dreaming Body, and is open to all body types and needs. Ideal for Pilsen and Bridgeport communities, as it will be held at High Concept Labs/MANA Contemporary on Throop. Two days only, April 14-15, Register here

Ken Mai is local Butoh teacher and performer Holly Chernobyl’s favorite, and is making his first ever US tour possible! There is a deep spiritual quality to Ken Mai’s teaching, with 16 years of experience in a Zen monastery, years working with Kazuo Ohno (founder of Butoh), Yoga teacher training from India, Noguchi gymnastics from Japan, and more. Go super deep with Ken Mai ❤ Quite active on FB, so friend or follow him to see what they are getting into! Workshops April 26-30 at the Japanese Culture Center, Register here

Check out Festival Passes for ALL or SOME OF EACH for the most immersive experience!