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Safe Hiatus

With sadness, and with a terrific need to respond in some way. Not knowing words, or combinations of words for these feelings, clearly in transition, as we are.

The much planned for Butoh Between Festival for May 2020 has been cancelled. All programming at OuterSpace is also cancelled until further notice. Our international artists have stopped travel plans. We are going dark so that we may transform, to find our present in the purpose of community and survival. We will communicate as we can, and urge you to share in ways that nurture generosity and open heartedness toward every one of us.

Wishing you health & sanity during a most surreal time. 
We encourage each other to support feeding and housing our local communities. To remain engaged, and responsive to each situation.
To trust that our body/mind will know how to respond. To cultivate self practice, mindfulness, and respect for all beings.

“Like what we know of the virus so far, we are uncommitted to anything particular. We mutate with the times.”

Thanks for supporting us. We will be back ASAP. 

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20/20 foresight

Yumiko Yoshioka, 100 Years of Solitude, Links Hall, April 25, 2018. ©Photo by Meghan Strell

PLAN AHEAD for upcoming May Butoh Situation. This is our annual push to work deeply with experienced international teachers, to absorb deeply from a fresh perspective, to come together in the dance, the feeling, the continual transformation of learning, being actively curious, and empowered problem solvers. TO THRIVE

20/20 BUTOH BETWEEN FESTIVAL
Workshop Calendar:

20/20 BUTOH BETWEEN FESTIVAL
Minako Seki
April 29-May 3
April 29/30
Wed/Thurs 6-10pm
May 2/3
Sat/Sun 12-6pm

Yumiko Yoshioka May 6-10
May 6/7
Wed/Thurs 6-10pm
May 9/10
Sat/Sun 12-6p

Mari Osanai May 20-24
May 20/21
Wed/Thurs 6-10pm
May 23/24
Sat/Sun 12-6pm


REGISTRATION PRICES:
Approximately $14/student hour, daily options thru festival pass options available soon. The most affordable as possible.
These workshops do build every day, but our lives and schedules may not allow for complete immersion. Come to as many as you can, and we welcome all curious bodies!

The space does have a long set of stairs however, so REGRETfully it is not wheelchair/handicapped accessible.

Student/volunteer discounts available upon availability.
Contact butohchicago@gmail.com for details or question.

Performances on Fridays in April and May
Doors open 7-10:30pm, performances begin 7:30pm
@OuterSpace Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
May 31 LAST NIGHT IN OUTERSPACE
PERFORMANCES BY MANY MANY MANY

REGISTRATION LINKS COMING SOON

LO/NO TECH Performances as Farewell Fridays (artists & curators TBA) Fridays in May: 1, 8, 15, 22, && FINAL FINAL SHOW ON SUNDAY MAY 31

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Tadashi Endo Butoh-esque

A rare and beautiful treat! Tadashi Endo leads six days of choreographic workshops and with a final performance open to the pubic May 25-31. If you are even slightly Butoh curious, flow your juices over to OuterSpace studios on May 31 to see us perform. If you want to just dip your toe into the Butoh training, or can’t commit to the entire week, consider trying one or two classes to see what you discover.

We will focus on recovering, finding the space between things, discovering new patterns, new imaginations, new sensations, while encouraging continued growth in each of our bodies. When Tadashi Endo is teaching, he gives a deep view into Butoh philosophy and speaks to what Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata were thinking and where we can find inspiration for our own work. Tadashi Endo lets us search for our own Butoh.

HAUTNAH means close to the skin. The audience will sit very close, be strong and present. During the workshop, Tadashi will not rehearse exactly what your dance will be, but he will give you time and space for you to research yourself under his guidance. 

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Press!

Proud to be a top pick in May ❤ Chicago, US. Calling all Butoh enthusiasts and all beautiful weirdos celebrate with us, in all the ways. See you soon! For a full list of events see : butohchicago.com

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#1
Butoh Non Festival
(various venues)
Workshops and performances in the Japanese avant-garde discipline with local and visiting artists take place at OuterSpace Studios, the International Museum of Surgical Science and No Nation Tangential Unspace Gallery throughout May.
Through May 31

See chicago dance /fifth-annual-non-festival-sara-zalek-brings-international-menu-butoh-masters

“Butoh brings a sense of finding something unique from deep inside each individual, not in beauty but based on real human experience, to share with audience,” said Zalek. “To me, Butoh offers a deepening sense of familiarity with human existence.”

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May Butoh Non festival !

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:

May 1-4 Yuko Kaseki, Frontier in body, @OuterSpace Studios Register here

Friday, May 3 Yuko Kaseki, Shoot Geez My Gosh, @No Nation Tangential Unspace Gallery, 7pm Purchase tickets

Friday May 10 Jon Poindexter, Holly Chernobyl & Sara Zalek, The inside is not different than the outside@Museum of Surgical Science, 530pm Purchase tickets

Sunday May 12, 12-4pm Holly Chernobyl, Body + Imagination Workshop @OuterSpace Studios Register here

May 25-31 Tadashi Endo, Butoh Intensive Workshop/Performance Opportunity @OuterSpace Studios Register here

Friday, May 31 HAUTNAH, Student Performance, @OuterSpace Studios, 7pm Purchase tickets

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Prepare Butoh Flowers, for May

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?

Register for workshops Early:

May 1-4, 2019
Yuko Kaseki / Frontier in Body
Butoh Workshop
(REGISTER)

May 25-31, 2019

Tadashi Endo / Hautnah 
Butoh Workshop and Student Performance
(REGISTER)

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Butoh Workshops with Holly Chernobyl

Next up in the new year, Butoh: Body + Imagination Workshop

Saturday, January 5, 2019
4-8pm
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 info@japaneseculturecenter.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.

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Open Voice / Oscillations

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.

OPEN VOICE: Micro Drone

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.

OSCILLATIONS: Divyamaan Sahoo / Les Chanteuses du Rien

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.

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Conference of the Birds : Nejla Yatkin

Performances:

September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays 5-7pm

Where:
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.

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Butoh Body- Ongoing class news

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 ❤

A new class will begin in the fall, at a new day and time. It will still be in OuterSpace Studios, and it will nurture safe space to explore the parts our selves that is searching and curious to go deeper into the unknown. Butoh Chicago will continue to post upcoming shows and classes that might interest you, and I hope to dance with you soon. More about Butoh Body..
In the meantime, enjoy your summer, radiant as you are!
all Love,
Sara