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Decenber 6-8pm Film screenings + Butoh Discussion


present, transient
by Piibe Kolka

‘present, transient’ studies rhythms between a city and a body. A body that perhaps has left its social layers for a moment. And a city that can be surprised. This is an exploration performed and observed that involves a butoh dancer, a white skirt, an eye and a camera, an ear and a microphone, changing light, sounds and materials, numerous trajectories, objects and passersby.

Performed by Vangeline
Filmed, directed and edited by Piibe Kolka
Sound recording by Danielle Chu

Piibe Kolka is a filmmaker from Estonia, currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. Her work combines interests in personal storytelling, ethnographic film and audiovisual experimentations. She has studied cultural anthropology in Estonia and documentary media and film at The New School in New York. She is currently working as a freelance film maker in NYC. She has worked on independent film productions and performance projects in Estonia, Latvia, France and USA.

Her filmography includes “present, transient” (experimental film, 2014), “Soundationists International” aka “So I…” (audiovisual happening, 2014) “540 nanometers” (short documentary, 2012),

“The Experimenter” (assistant editor, 2014, dir Michael Almereyda, in post production), “In Sound” (co-author, 2011),  “On the River of Memories” (assistant producer, 2011).

ghostsScene from Delusions of Grandeur
by Lauren Beck

Lauren Beck is a filmmaker and visual artist who lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from the University of Chicago and has exhibited her work at spaces including the Suburban, Regina Rex, and Gavin Brown’s Passerby. She is currently completing her first full-length film, “Delusions of Grandeur,” which features choreographed sequences by Sara Zalek.

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Ready, Set….

Vangeline alights here tonight! Oh, so excited, truly! For three years in a row, Vangeline has braved the Chicago cold and led us in excruciating and exhilarating training, bringing us closer to ourselves and to each other. We still have space in the evening workshops on Wednesday and Thursday, meaning you should totally come! Consider it a present to yourself ❤


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Admiring Hijikata

Vangeline Performs it LIVE  @HCL December 5 & 6 8pm!

Eli Halpern debuts strain1, and Sara Zalek will open with Between.

RSVP to purchase tickets at the door

Or purchase tickets online

Eventbrite - Vangeline Theater Workshop & Performance

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Vangeline Coming to Chicago


Vangeline is back in Chicago this Fall to teach a Butoh workshop and perform her wildly acclaimed FIFTH OF BEETHOVEN. Vangeline’s approach is well informed by numerous Butoh Masters and her style is unique. Her workshops provide an opportunity to explore and move deeply into an embodied process, awakening lost parts of the human being, exploring all human qualities to transform our dance, our daily life and offer creative energy to the community.

Registration and Info
More about Vangeline

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Thank you

Chicago 14 monster

Thank you to Yumiko, and to over 44 participants in the workshop April 9-13. We worked on our wave, our  visualizations of waterballs, ghost horse, fish eating bubbles, and so much more!

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Yumiko Yoshioka – Chicago


“Body Breaks,Butoh Breakdancing and Beyond”, Chicago 2006

We are so excited to have Yumiko back here in Chicago, 8 years ago I met her, and her energy is curious, impish, extraordinary. Dance with us April 9-13 @Outerspace!

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Spawned Seeds

April 9-13   Wednesday – Sunday

yumiko-yoshioka-webBody Resonance/Butoh Workshops with Yumiko Yoshioka
1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park

REGISTEFor Workshop

5 day workshop with Butoh artist Yumiko Yoshioka. Any one day or full participation is available. Dates, fees and registration information here.  Berlin based artist and body resonance teacher. Yomiko is a first generation Butoh performer, who trained with Hijikata (a founder of Ankoku Butoh). She has taught and performed Butoh internationally for over 30 years.

April 11-12  Friday & Saturday 6:30 pm
@Dance Studio, Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St, Loop

Performances and performance lectures by Yumiko Yoshioka (Berlin), Nicole LeGette (CHI), Andy Braddock (NY), Adam Rose (CHI), Julie Becton Gillum (NC), Holly Chernobyl (CHI), Jose Hernandez (CHI), Upended Teacups-Corey Gearhart and Stefanie Cohen (DETROIT), Ginger Krebs (CHI), Andrea Peterson (CHI).

Zac Whittenburg

April 13 Sunday 6:30pm
$10 suggested donation

@Den Theater, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park

Panel discussion with Zachary Whittenburg (@trailerpilot) and the artists on Sunday night.

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Guest Teacher

Adam Rose of Antibody Corp. will be teaching Butoh Body from 12-2pm January 19 and Feb 2.


A little about Antibody:

Founded in 2009, Antibody has collaborated with over 30 artists to date in creating a body of interdisciplinary works spanning dance, performance art, film, video, and music.
Antibody Corporation believes the future is physical, and engages in physical work to ensure an embodied tomorrow.