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Sueyeun Juliette Lee this weekend Feb 12/13

Red Rover Series  {readings that play with reading}
Presents a series of special events with Sueyeun Juliette Lee
at OuterSpace Studios 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave 

*Friday, February 12th from 6-8pm
WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS & PERFORMERS:
An exploration in memory, movement, and language, this workshop will introduce participants to elements of the traditional Korean dance form salp’uri as a means for accessing ancestral languages locked in our bodies. The salp’uri form is a meditative solo dance featuring a long white sash, which helps release energies through the dancer’s body into the atmosphere. Participants are invited to bring in materials that they have a strong connection with in lieu of a sash. Be prepared to participate in discussions, write reflectively, and move thoughtfully.
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*Saturday, February 13th events 7pm & 9pm
PERFORMANCE & INSTALLATION:
An intimate experience, BLUE LIGHT and WAVE invites individuals to wander through this installation and observe a ritualistic recitation and performance.  If grief is a deep blue set loose in our bodies, can it find rest under a twilight sky?

TO RSVP & REGISTER:
write “workshop” in the subject line
open to all levels & experiences
suggested donation $10
facebook page here

Video elements were shot in the subarctic environment of wintry Norway, capturing the twilight’s fall into deep blue. The installation collects together materials from the region that were “charged” with this blue light; the hope is that they will transmit these wavelengths resonantly into the audience’s bodies. The performance poaches elements from the Korean traditional dance form of the salp’uri–a shamanic dance for discharging grief and hardship. A meditative solo dance, the salp’uri form features a long white sash that helps the dancer communicate these emotions into the atmosphere.  Dedicated to the deep blue of arctic twilight, BLUE LIGHT and WAVE meditates on human fragility, memory, and longing.

SUEYEUN JULIETTE LEE grew up three miles from the CIA and is currently based in Denver. A former Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, her books include That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut 2008), Underground National (Factory School 2011), andSolar Maximum (Futurepoem 2015) as well as numerous chapbooks. She has held residencies at Kunstnarhuset Messen (Norway), Hafnarborg (Iceland), and UCross Foundation (Wyoming) for poetry and video art. She founded Corollary Press, a chapbook series dedicated to innovative multi-ethnic writing. She reviews contemporary poetry for The Constant Critic, a project of Fence Books, and has published essays on Asian American poetry and conceptual writing.  Her website ishttp://silentbroadcast.com/.
 
TO RSVP & MAKE A RESERVATION:
write “blue light” in the subject line
choose 7pm OR 9pm time slot
suggested donation $5
facebook page here

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Venue logistics —

near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible

doors lock 15 minutes after start time

All events sponsored by
Red Rover Series
Poets & Writers
and the IN>TIME Festival
Red Rover Series is curated by Laura Goldstein and Jennifer Karmin. Each event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers. Founded in 2005, the over ninety events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds.
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Elaine Lemieux on Using the Voice

Elaine Elaine Lemieux is co-teaching Butoh Body with Sara Zalek this Sunday, December 20, 12-2pm. Exercises include:
Vocal Warm-Up
Ssaaa Exercise / Life living between the notes
Long Vocal Sound / Vowels
Rhythm / Consonances
Babbling
Vocal Exploration coming from the navel (umbilicus)
For as long as she can remember, Elaine Lemieux has always been fascinated by the sonic colors of the human voice, its possibilities for creative expression and the diversity of emotions that can be revealed.  Elaine has more than 30 years of experience in voice study, training, and singing performance. She had the opportunity to solo with different chamber music ensembles, choirs, theatrical groups and dance companies.  She performed classical, baroque, sacred and contemporary repertory in Canada, the United States, as well as in Europe. Elaine has always been inspired by the theatrical improvisation styles created by many performance artists that she had the privilege of working with over the years. In addition, she has completed five years of training in the Musicianship and Leadership Program (MLP) from the Music for People organization. As a result, she has truly enhanced her creative musical language and has found her doorway in helping people find their authentic expressive selves.  Elaine focuses on voice and channeling self-expression and movement.  She brings a new sensitivity to music improvisation founded in an education in formal classical voice. 
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Diego Piñón Workshop Sept 19-20

11864901_1470035176654868_5135690362953008800_oTo truly awaken the body is a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual process. Every Butoh Ritual Mexicano workshop involves high-impact aerobic training, 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. Active meditation exercises are introduced to quiet the mind and awaken originative, non-reactive impulses for organic movement. Guided improvisations then give participants the opportunity to integrate this newfound sensory awareness within their physical body, environments both internal and external, and the shared workshop space.

Diego Piñón’s teachings are the distillation of his extensive research in body-based energy methodologies he has developed since 1975. Butoh Ritual Mexicano is primarily derived from Diego’s Mexican heritage with traditional energetic practices and Japanese butoh under the guidance of Kazuo Ohno, Yoshito Ohno, Min Tanaka, Natsu Nakajima, among others. Diego’s extensive artistic research includes modern dance technique, contemporary movement and theater practice, and therapeutic body modalities. He performs and teaches throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico using Butoh Ritual Mexicano as a means to transform personal and collective divisions through the dancing body and to cultivate a deeper connection to our shared humanity.

Diego is hosted by Ginger Krebs, TICKETS AND INFO HERE

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The Substitute

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Sunday, August 30th
12pm – 2pm
OuterSpace Studios
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
$10 suggested donation or pay what you can.

A Butoh class taught by Adam Rose of Antibody Corporation, as part of 
Butoh Body
normally taught by Sara Zalek.
This class will focus on explorations of symmetry and asymmetry, and exercises in overcoming musical taste by learning to dance to anything.

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Mitsu Salmon, Guest Teacher

For the next three weeks, Butoh Body features special guest teacher Mitsu Salmon. These classes are designed for all levels of movers and artists. Join Mitsu Sundays 12-2pm, at Outerspace in Wicker Park, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave. A $10 donation is suggested.

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About Mitsu’s class:
Drawing from Butoh and body mind centering, this class will explore the connection with body, mind and imagery.
The class will be composed of the following
1. Exercises of Noguchi (which were integrated into Butoh training). The body is thought of as water and the goal is to release the natural body.
2. Guided imagery with movement, structured and improvised
3. Body and mind centering exercises, working with breathe and body connection.

Mitsu Salmon was a member of the Butoh company, Ima Tenko and Kiraza for 3 years in Japan as well a member of Katsura Kan and Saltimbanques for one year. Any questions please contact mitsusalmon@gmail.com.

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Tadashi Endo in Chicago June 24-28

TADASHI ENDO THE MAMU DANCE THEATRE INTER.SEX    -   BUTOH-TANZ-THEATER 26./27.9.2009 / Junges Theater GšttingenPerforming for the first time in the U.S.

Tadashi Endo presents IKIRU-Réquiem para Pina Bausch at the Old Town School of Folk Music on June 24, followed by workshops June 25-28 for beginning and advanced students at the Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park.

June 24, 8pm
IKIRU-Réquiem para Pina Bausch
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N Lincoln Ave
DETAILS AND TICKETS

June 25-28
MA Workshops

Outerspace, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave
DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

This project is supported in part by 3Arts, only if the $5,000 goal is reached by June 15. Donate now to make it happen!

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RELEASE: SSII at Lake FX SUMMIT April 18-19

SSII, A Post-Butoh Festival at FX Summit held in the Dance Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center April 18-19. The festival features free workshops, performances, and discussions by Hiroko and Koichi Tamano (Berkeley, CA), Alessandro Pintus (Italy), Michael Sakamoto (Iowa City, IA), Vangeline Theater (NYC), Antibody Corporation (CHI), Ginger Krebs (CHI), Carole McCurdy (CHI), Mitsu Salmon (CHI), Darrell Jones (CHI) among others.

One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression. According to CLAUDIA LA ROCCO in the New York Times, “People tend to think of Butoh in terms of aesthetic markers: white body paint, shaved heads, slow movement gained through intense muscular control, and a way of manipulating the body that is at once beautiful and grotesque, tragic and absurd. Influenced by German Expressionism, it tends to be imagistic rather than narrative. But while these elements often appear, defining Butoh in stylistic terms is dangerous…Butoh is no one thing, but it always has, at its center, a fragile transformative spark. You can’t always describe it, but you know it when you see it, and you know when it’s missing.”01 - Rubedo - Photo by Simona Toncelli

SSII is curated and organized by Sara Zalek, butoh dancer, choreographer and teacher. In April 2014, Zalek curated Spawned Seeds: A Post Butoh Festival, in December Vangeline Theater, and hosts Tadashi Endo at The Old Town School of Folk Music in June. The artists she curates are internationally or locally renowned for their innovative use of butoh in performance. “There is a growing interest in Butoh–the invocation of transformation and the mystery of the live moment. Experiencing Butoh first hand is the best way to understand how and why Butoh is thriving now.”

This year’s Summit will explore the theme “Improvisation and Innovation”. In the spirit of this, the creative leadership of The Second City, the Chicago improve comedy giants will present lessons from their book Yes, And about improving creativity and collaboration. Lake FX Summit + Expo is a FREE event and open to anyone interested in the creative industries. Free registration will be begin in early March. The event is presented by Google, organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and co-produced by CIMMfest and The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter. Event sponsors include Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader and Splash; Virgin Hotel Chicago, and many more.

“Chicago’s creative community is one of this city’s greatest assets,” says DCASE Commissioner Michelle Boone. “We’re always looking for new opportunities to support their efforts and industries and to leverage their expertise.”

For more information about the Summit, visit LakeFXChicago.org.

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Listening to the Bones: The Body as Instrument and Offering

One Night Only Butoh Workshop by Seattle Butoh artist Vanessa Skantze
@2130 W. 21st Street, 6-9pm just $30. RSVP to butohchicago@gmail.com to attend!

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The body dancing Butoh asks of itself absolute presence and utter surrender. In Listening to the Bones, Vanessa will guide a revelation of the body as instrument through the practice of deep listening and becoming other. Creating a space of curiosity and trust while fostering intense physical/mental focus, the workshop will: facilitate awareness of the concurrent structural and energetic alignment of the body; explore limits of flexibility and strength, speed and stillness, instability and ground; work in pairs to develop listening beyond the skin; and invoke imagery to be absorbed into the body– creating the offering of Butoh dance.

“Butoh is a corpse standing straight up in a desperate bid for life” Tatsumi Hijikata

“To translate the invisible wind through the water it sculpts in passing”. – Robert Bresson

Vanessa Skantze is a Butoh artist and teacher of yoga and dance from Seattle. She has performed in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years. She co-founded New Orleans sound/movement ensemble Death Posture in 2002, and collaborates with many renowned musicians including Jarboe and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Skantze has trained with Jinen Butoh founder Atsushi Takenouchi since 2003, and performed with him in the U.S. and Europe. Since coming to Seattle in 2004 she has created numerous ensemble works under the name Danse Perdue as well as solo pieces. In 2013 she taught as part of Lydia Lunch’s Post-Catastrophe Collaborative. In 2014 her work ‘Radiant Poison” was performed by a quartet of dancers at the UWABE festival in Asheville, N.C. She is currently touring a new work, ‘Metempsychosis’, to original sound by Kris Force.

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Monday night classes at HCL

Butoh Body with Sara Zalek

Mondays 6-8pm
February 16 – April 13
$10 suggested donation

@HighConceptLabs
4th Floor MANA Contemporary
2233 S. Throop (PILSEN)

A drop in weekly movement lab to expand awareness both physically and energetically. Explore your imagination through movement in a supportive environment, create personal internal landscapes to move with mindfulness and presence. You will be encouraged to take risks, listen, move with your subtler senses, and to create a personal body language.

[Butoh is a practice which seeks to embrace transformation. It offers us a chance to discover our relationship to nature, the cosmos, other sentient beings, and our shamanistic selves. Welcome them to your future.]

Sara Zalek has practiced and studied Butoh dancing for over 10 years, incorporating Tai Chi, yoga, Noguchi gymnastics, ritual dance, and visual arts into her teaching. More about Sara: www.saratonin.com

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Saturday Butoh classes in January

Mitsu Salmon Saturday Butoh Class