Are you ready? Early registration deadline quicky approaching for Yuko workshop, Frontier in Body, and many other opportunities to see and experience butoh / butô liveliness in Chicago!Short calendar of events:
Yuko Kaseki / Frontier in Body
Tadashi Endo / HAUTNAH
Celebrating five years as an ad-hoc passion project, Butoh Chicago is proud to present disillusion/dissolution, a Butoh non festival in May, 2019. We will feature performances, workshops, and informal gatherings around Butoh for the month. Join us, won’t you?
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Next up in the new year, Butoh: Body + Imagination Workshop
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Japanese Culture Center
1016 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago
In this 4 hour workshop, we will use and go beyond the 5 basic forms. Using center (hara/tanden/dantian) work and specific imagery, we dive deep into dancing butoh. You’ll learn different techniques for releasing tension to open physically and energetically. This class uses a combination of improv and technique. Finally, using embodied imagery, we create dances that can carry us and support our daily lives.
Instruction for butoh is instruction for life!
This class is for dancers, actors, martial artists, butoh artists or the butoh-curious. You do not need to have previous experience with butoh, but it helps. Whatever your circumstance, please show up ready to do your best!
Class is $45.00, you can order on Eventbrite
This workshop has a limited number of spaces available! Please register ASAP through the JCC office by emailing email@example.com or by calling the office directly.
Wear clothes that are easy to move in! Bring a water bottle. This workshop is open to all levels and abilities. Total newbies especially welcome!
From Holly: I am committed to creating an environment which is inclusive of many lived experiences and many abilities. That said, the center is not ADA accessible, unfortunately. Many apologies. This may change in the future.
Holly Chernobyl is a body-based performance artist. Holly has presented work in many Chicago spaces such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, and Dfb Gallery. Her work has also been performed in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, Brooklyn at JACK, and shown in Boston, Berlin, the UK, and Quebec. She continues to create solo pieces and collaborate with a talented array of Chicago artists. In 2016, she held four artist residencies, in rural Finland, Wisconsin, Germany, and at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Weellllcoommmeeee to a 3 Part Workshop on Sound and VOICE. This class will feature exercises that will help you to freely use your voice and body to explore ~*vibration*~ and Microphones and sympathetic resonances.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Sundays from 6-8p on Oct 28, Nov 4, and Nov 11.
$10 Suggested donation.
OPEN VOICE is a voice workshop focusing on vocal technique and improvisation, hosted by the performance trio LES CHANTEUSES DU RIEN. If the sound of your voice is always something you’ve wished to explore, come and join! Discover the possibilities and uniqueness of your voice, individually and with a group. Learn to deepen your listening skills. Get in touch with your inner child and create through playful improvisation. No previous experience necessary. Everyone is worthy of expression! Those that attend any of the workshops are welcome to open our set at Oscillations on November 16. Details will be discussed in all of the Open Voice workshops.
November 16, 2018
Doors at 7:30PM. Music at 8:00PM
General $10 | Student/Members $8
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60660
OSCILLATIONS presents concerts by artists selected from submissions received in response to an open call for proposals.
In the final evening of Oscillations performances, composer, musician, and puppeteer Divyamaan Sahoo will present his new work “Flatland” and Les Chanteuses du Rien (Elaine Lemieux, Hanna Brock, and Sara Zalek) will present an immersive improvisation utilizing the entire ESS building.
LES CHANTEUSES DU RIEN is Sara Zalek (movement), Elaine Lemieux (voice), and Hanna Brock (instrumentalist). We explore the dynamics of resonance in relation to space using classical scores, experimental opera, improvised sound, expanded cinema, and Butoh dance. Our gestures come from strong desire to communicate intimately, to seek an opening to our fears in an embrace. Ultimately, we want to surprise, disarm, and uplift the spirit, to continue weaving the long tail of our evolutionary story. We have been making in this collective for two years, in all sort of venues in Chicago, including Chicago Cultural Center, Edgar Miller Legacy Studio, Silent Funny, Ragdale Foundation and the Hungry Brain, and are looking to tour in 2018. We have been supported by Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Cheney Foundation, the City of Chicago, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation.
September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays 5-7pm
Beginning at Caracol Gathering Space (located south of McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, by the lakefront at 2400 S. Lake Shore Dr.)
Ending at La Ronda Parakata Gathering Space (south of the 31st St. Harbor, around 3300 S. Lake Shore Dr.)
Open the visceral door of your body, move within a flock. Join award-winning choreographer and master teacher Nejla Yatkin to explore the interaction between people, their movement, and the natural environment through this series of unique movement workshops on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in August. Participants will be guided through a process harnessing multiple practices including; Reiki, Feldenkrais, physical theater exercises, and contemporary dance. The conference will transform the way we experience ourselves through movement.
Workshop participants will perform in Conference Of The Birds, a series of six site-specific, interactive performances presented on Saturdays and Sundays in September in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor on Chicago’s lakefront. During each performance, workshop participants will guide an audience in an interactive and participatory movement practice inspired by bird flocking behavior with the goal of transforming audience self perceptions, their views of one another, and to move through an environment in new and unexpected ways.
My inspiration: “Everything in life moves. The human body is designed to engage with the environment through movement. Throughout a lifetime of choreographing, teaching, and dancing around the globe, I have learned how beneficial dance is to human development. Dance sharpens the senses, enhances social intelligence, challenges the body and mind and consequently reinvigorates our cognitive, physical and social development. In this workshop we will explore what moves people and how the collective energy inspires people to move.” –Nejla Yatkin
See samples of other work by Nejla Yatkin created in more than 30 countries around the world by clicking here or visiting https://www.youtube.com/user/aljen07/videos
About: Nejla Yatkin Award-winning and critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer Nejla Yatkin is a recent Drama Desk Award Nominee, Chita Rivera Nominee for Outstanding Choreography, 3Arts Awardee, and Princess Grace Choreography award fellow. Nejla hails from Germany, bringing a luminous and transcultural perspective to her creations. Her focus is regularly drawn to the role that memory and history serve in constructing identity, causing and resolving conflict, and the possibility of transforming cultural tensions into deep, authentic moments of human connection.
For more information please visit www.ny2dance.com
Conference Of The Birds by Nejla Y. Yatkin is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 100 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative. Conference of the Birds is also supported, in part, by Contratiempo, The Jay Pritzker Foundation, and the McClelland Foundation.
Hello butoh body enthusiasts~
Butoh Body has held a regular Sunday class from 12-2pm at OuterSpace Studios for six years! I am taking a necessary hiatus for the rest of the summer and want to express gratitude for your participation. This amazing network of students and teachers so curious about encountering our shadowy nature inspires me endlessly and seriously. I am humbled by all I have learned with you. Shoutouts to all the guest teachers, so thankful for everything you shared … Cristal Sabbagh, Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks, Ginger Krebs, Holly Chernobyl, Mitsu Salmon, Carole McCurdy, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Eryka Dellenbach, Elaine Lemieux, Aurora Tabar, Adam Rose, Efrén Arcoiris, Rosé Hernandez, Laura Goldstein, Geoff Guy, per erez, ESP THANK YOU ❤
June 3 & 17
OuterSpace Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
$15 drop in, FREE with JIM Membership
We warmly welcome Aurora back for another round of BB classes, her teaching is always thoughtful, direct, and impactful. She has a history of working with children, and it shows up in the most beautiful way. All Ages Welcome BTW 🙂
May 27 & June 10
OuterSpace Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
$15 drop in, FREE with JIM Membership
Suspend, Glitch, Wobble, Fight, Surrender.
Steadily unsteady, redrawing and twanging our axial lines, we’ll be working with some ideas stolen from Mal de Debarquement Syndrome and Argentine Tango. Derangement will ensue.
Carole McCurdy is a Chicago-based artist who harnesses her nervous energy as a movement performer and visual artist. She received a 2016 Lab Artist award from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum and is a Fall 2016 Sponsored Artist at High Concept Laboratories. Her work addresses grief and anxiety, duty and resistance, and the absurd mysteries of embodiment. Last millennium she worked as a copy editor, but since then she’s been privileged to study with many masters of butoh dance, including Natsu Nakajima and Yoshito Ohno, and also with great teachers of Argentine tango. She has performed at spaces including the Chicago Cultural Center, Epiphany Dance, Links Hall, Hamlin Park, High Concept Laboratories, Defibrillator Gallery, and Movement Research (NY). In 2014 she danced under viaducts in downtown Chicago and then toured Indonesia with Nicole LeGette’s blushing poppy Dance Club. In 2008–09 she was awarded a six-month artistic residency at Links Hall, where she created and showed her ensemble piece Alas. For Redmoon Theater’s 2006 Twilight Orchard event in Columbus Park, McCurdy created A Cure for Scurvy, a performance installation one reviewer described as “an example of the way dread can be created virtually out of thin air.”
Eryka Dellenbach leads Butoh Body March 18 & 25 12-2pm @OuterSpace Studios $15 walk in, or FREE with JIM membership
In this 2-part workshop we will consider the ‘threshold’ as both a personal or subjective limit[ation], and as a border between that-which-is and that-which-is-not. In part through repertoire born out of Eryka’s present performance project, entitled Make the Brutal Tender, we will attempt to explore the qualifiers tender and brutal corporeally, and learn directly from the body using what is immediately available to us:
Physical Space: Floor, Wall
Body: Ours and other’s
Energy: Ours and other’s
Accompanied by sound artist Hanna Elliot (HOGG, Goad Deimos), she will lead us through simple and greatly variable exercises that will allow us to cultivate miniature, sensual (as opposed to verbal) dialogues around comfort and discomfort, pain, impulse, effort, nurture and hopefully, fear. In addition to butoh, activities in the workshops are also culled from her experience in capoeira, flying low, flamenco and play-fighting techniques, and reinterpreted.
Everyone is welcome! These workshops are about exploring your own threshold(s).
Please wear comfortable clothing. We will work barefoot.
*Alternative tasks can always be provided for those who wish to work alone during partnering exercises.
The brink of being a thing (border, barely)
The limit of a thing (capacity, furthest)
Space between objects
Silence between sounds = ‘palpable absence’, ‘pregnancy’, ‘potential’
Stillness between movements
Impression left in a sheet or pillow
The body as a receptacle of time.
A dance of metamorphosis inevitably appears.
The main focus of this workshop is a conscious research in the unification of our body/mind/soul, so that we can deeply enjoy the intrinsic process of metamorphosis through the spirit of dance. Through a continuous exploration of our past collective memories, we can strike a vein of abundant creative resources, enriching the essence of our life.
Body resonance is a key to opening up the doors of an ever-changing world inside and outside ourselves, which helps the body to unfold its secrets, holding them up until they shine and tremble. Everything is in resonance with each other. Through a dialogue with our body, we can learn to be moved by inner and outer forces, thus realizing we are a part of the Universe.
@ Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
2018 Workshop Dates:
Thursday/ Friday April 19/20, 12-5pm
Saturday April 21, 1-7pm
Sunday April 22, 5:30-9:30pm
*Release exercises, inspired by Noguchi Taiso (Gymnastics), Taichi and Yoga
*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
Dancer, choreographer, teacher, art director
Born in Tokyo, residing in Germany since 1988
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Thanks to our partners for helping to make it happen ❤