Battles#1: Ground Work

Six humans gather in a ceremony of opening. These offerings are an allowance, a willingness to engage bodies in colloquies of conflict, of rivalry, of struggle.

We might locate ourselves as points along the battle path; where and how do we stand? How will we prepare to confront, not just our adversaries, but our family, or our neighbors?amelia
Through this evening of performances, we ignite this fire-y topic with the precision of a scalpel, to dissect the hideous beast, to expose its entrails. We must take stock and ownership of our brutality, through any means necessary, for we will not avoid, we will not run. We face the mirror. We lay the ground work. We prepare to battle.
Featuring:

Mari Osanai
Wannapa P. Eubanks
Carole McCurdy
Efrén Arcoiris
Amelia Charter
Jessica Mae Shen

Saturday April 8 Doors Open 7pm
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Mari Osanai Workshops, tickets still available!

Eventbrite - MARI OSANAI WORKSHOP

DATES:
Wed April 5, 1-5pm
Thurs April 6, 1-5pm
Fri April 7, 1-5pm
Sun April 9, 1-5pm

COST:
Full Workshop price $225
Each single day $60

Butoh Chicago presents Mari Osanai from Japan. This workshop is made possible by Vangeline France who brings Mari to the U.S. AND we look forward to hosting with our new partners at Japanese Culture Center – 日本文化会館

This is a unique opportunity to explore the Noguchi Taiso work with a master teacher. All levels of experience are welcome.  Noguchi Taiso (Water Body movement) has been widely appreciated and incorporated/integrated into Butoh movement practice.

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. 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. 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.

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!

Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival

SS 3 PROMOArtistsApril 5-30 Workshops, Performances, Screening & Dinners throughout the month of April

bat-tle: Friction caused by entities who disagree, collide, or conflict

When called to Battle, where do we stand? In resolution? Rebuke? Revenge? Each performance this year features artists exploring the concept of Battles and alternative possibilities.

International Guest Artists
I’m delighted to welcome artists Ken Mai (Finland) and Mari Osanai (Japan), and Paul Michael Henry (Scotland) teaching workshops throughout the month.

Workshops:
April 5-9 Mari Osanai Noguchi Workshops (REGISTER)
April 14-15 Paul Michael Henry Butoh Workshops (REGISTER)
April 26-30 Ken Mai Butoh Workshops (REGISTER)

Performances and Screenings (more TBA):
April 8 Battles #1:Preparation at No Nation Gallery (RSVP)
April 15 Battles #2:War at The Learning Machine (RSVP)
April 22 Reparations co-curating with In/Habit Roving Performance Art Series more TBA
April 29 Battles #3:Return at the Japanese Culture Center (RSVP)

**EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE MARCH 20**
FESTIVAL PASSES FOR ALL EVENTS (REGISTER)

Local and Visiting Artists
Including Kiam Marcelo Junio, Wannapa P-Eubanks, Cristal Sabbagh, Holly Chernobyl, Carole McCurdy, Efrén Arcoiris, Adam Rose and April Lynn, //interference, Peter Redgrave, Alba Soto, Pepper Pepper and More

Stay tuned for more events that will be co-curated with In/Habit Performing Art Series, including film screenings, dinners and talks. This year, we are proud to be fiscally sponsored by Antibody Corp. Your tax deductible donation is sincerely appreciated, so contact me if you have food, beverages, or money to support our performing artists. Donate kindly, here

Stay tuned for the latest updates and full calendar of events~ and I look forward to meeting you on the dance floor. BATTLE IT OUT to lift us all UP.

Productive Disruptions

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Ginger Krebs leads Butoh Body for the next two Sundays (Dec 11 & 18)!
She offers: Productive Disruptions

In the workshops on December and 11th and 18th we’ll productively disrupt our habits
of speed, vision, and balance, in order to cultivate exceptional qualities of embodied movement. Movement puzzles will challenge us to take up space and direct our focus outward, while experiments with vision and slowness will help cultivate sensitivity to inner space. We’ll dial up, down, outward and inward, to find the evocative, unfamiliar “wobbly” zones where living, responsive dance happens.

Butoh with a Hip Hop Bent

2-day Dance Theater Intensive with Michael Sakamoto
November 19 Saturday 12-5pm
November 20 Sunday 2-6pm
@REUNION 2557 North Avenue Chicago, IL

Eventbrite - Body/Mind/Funk/Time

good-mpw_shashin0184This 2 day workshop and conversation with Visiting Butoh dancer, Michael Sakamoto, delves into contemporary Butoh movement and thought, incorporates Hip Hop culture, and engages philosophic discovery. He teaches movement and dance theater fundamentals, butoh-based techniques, and image exercises, using his Hip Hop influence to guide the workshops.

Come layered up to be warm and stay cool. Some movement experience or practice is recommended.

Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist active in dance, theatre, media and photography and one of the leading butoh-based performers in the USA. Dedicated to nurturing intercultural dialogue and cultural sustainability through performative and visual methodologies, Michael creates choreographic and narrative performances, media works and photo essays designed to challenge audience assumptions and reveal diverse experiences across geography, language and social boundaries. His works have been presented in 14 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America, including at REDCAT, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance Center of Columbia College-Chicago, TACT/Fest Osaka, UCLA Fowler Museum and many others. He has also received support from numerous national and international funders, including the New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, Japan Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Meet the Composer, DanceUSA/James Irvine Foundation, Arts International and many others.

Michael is highly active as a performance and cultural studies scholar, regularly publishing book chapters and articles and presenting at conferences worldwide. His book project, “An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis”, is under contract with Wesleyan University Press.

Michael is former Co-Program Director of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College and currently serves as tenure-track Assistant Professor in Dance at University of Iowa. He is currently developing blind spot, his first full-length solo in 15 years, combining intermedia dance theater with themes of cultural identity, intellectual property censorship, and corporate militarism.

Formidable Dreams EXPANDED CINEMA

ciprus_formidable-11Formidable Dreams EXPANDED CINEMA with Full Spectrum Features featuring a live presentation of Formidable Dreams (HERO’s Journey On the Threshold)
October 21-22, 7:30 and 9:30 each night
@Silent Funny 4106 W Chicago Ave

This is an immersive experience of live performance, projections and soundscapes. Formidable Dreams is a series of short films about an androgynous trickster hero and their comrades, often out of time, who travel through watery environments where present, sudden memory, and dream states co-mingle.

 
Performances by: 
Elaine Victoria (vocals and movement)
Hanna Brock (vocals, violin and movement)
Here (vocals and movement)
Jason Soliday (handmade instruments and movement)
Jeff Schroeder (guitar and effects)
Sara Zalek (vocals and movement)

Costumes by: Sky Heyn Cubacub of REBIRTH GARMENTS, Here, and Sara Zalek
Projectionist: Eryka Dellenbach
Production Coordinator: Mandy Wetzel
Production Assistants: Rebecca Ladida and Molly Hewitt
Pyramid by: Dubi Kaufmann

 
Originally created by Sara Zalek and Eugene Sun Park, this project continues to expand. Eugene Sun Park is Executive Producer of FULL SPECTRUM FEATURES NFP, a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity in the media arts by producing, exhibiting, and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers. Zalek is currently sponsored by DCASE and Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF), is a 2015 CDF Lab Artist, and thanks her residencies at the Dance Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center and Light Box, Detroit.

Saturday~Fukushima Mon Amour

photo by Marciej Rusinek, Frankfurt, GermanyThe time is now, to honor and respect the journey of healing. I found this poem, along with many others in honor of Fukushima, and Tadashi and I both want to share our remembrance, our hearts, and our bodies as vessels of change. Join us Saturday night for such a ritual.

Fukushima Daiichi by Shannon A Thompson
Oct 24, 2014

You told us about the samurai crabs that day,
why the child-emperor drowned, how folklore affected the shore.
The thinnest male I’d ever seen pulled out a blunt and smoked.
Everyone else focused on you, Kasa Professor,
but I trailed over the class with his breath, kept
my eyes on the clipboard you passed around, “For
relief efforts.” You never spoke. Only explained.
As an English major, I knew you would be an exclamation mark.
As an English major in the History of the Samurai, I didn’t know you would be studying the I.R.S.
The swords were scarier than the men, yet their ghosts were on a crab’s back.
I imagine my ghost as cigarette smoke flogging over an enamored classroom until I leave – only glancing back when the clipboard is returned.
We both knew it would be empty.
We both admitted it when we smelt the smoke.
The sinking ship already burned, and your dying wave is the confusion behind betrayal of a tradition to quench approaching starvation.
That final bite – the moment we are full – is where all history is lost. In the future, they will wonder where the crabs came from. But I won’t wonder about you.
You are not an exclamation mark. You were a question mark all along. But a mark, nonetheless.
Call the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago Box Office for tickets at (312) 369-8330 or order online here.
All Love and Light, Sara

Welcome back Tadashi Endo!

Tadashi Endo in Fukushima Mon Amour. Photo: Marciej Rusinek
Photo: Marciej Rusinek

After a sold out show and workshop series last year, Tadashi Endo is looking forward to coming back to Chicago!! He opens this year’s season at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago with his critically acclaimed  Fukushima Mon Amour, in honor of the Fukushima disaster in Japan just 5 years ago.  He reflects the changes happening all around us still as we collectively address our feelings of loss, to find some transformation of our grief, to find support in one another.

Do not miss this very special performance Saturday, September 17, 7:30pm [Purchase Tickets Here]

Interested in Butoh training? Join us any day or ALL days September 10-13 (More Information and Registration Here)

Sundays in June with Holly Chernobyl

Butoh Body, aka Sunday School for the month of June is led by Holly Chernobyl. She focuses on transformation, time manipulation, making and crossing boundaries, and exploring the 4th dimension: 3d matter + time. We will ask questions and write answers with and within the body. The class attempts to release and contain energy through mental, emotional, and physical focusing exercises: structured and improvised movement, partner work, vocalization, and using the breath as our best resource. 

JUNE 5, 12, 19, 26 // 12-2pm @Outerspace, $10 Suggested Donation

Holly Chernobyl is a body-based performance artist. She has worked as a performer for over a decade, presenting work both nationally and internationally. She has studied and practiced butoh for nearly five years.
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Lake FX Summit

Butoh Sundries at Lake FX Summit + Expo Friday-Sunday, May 13-15

Friday May 13 10:30-11:30am
Moving Images: Dance on Camera
Chicago Cultural Center – Fl 1 – Garland Room

Speakers: Eugene Sun Park, Full Spectrum Features; Monica Thomas and Jason Chiu; Alex Thompson; Sarah C Prinz, Flexsus StudiosScreen Shot 2016-05-11 at 10.59.40 PM

Moderator: Sara Zalek, Butoh Chicago

How should the ephemeral nature, the kinetic force and the effort of the live form of dance be conveyed when recorded? Dancers and filmmakers share short clips and discuss the joys of interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the inherent challenges of capturing dance on camera.

In collaboration with Full Spectrum Features

Friday May 13 12-1pm
Accumulating a Career as a Performance Artist
Chicago Cultural Center – Fl 1 – Skyline Room

Speakers: Vershawn Ward, Red Clay Dance Company; Bryan Saner, artist; Sara Zalek, Saratonin; Adam Rose, Antibody Corp

Moderator: Ayako Kato, Art Union Humanscape

You jumped in, started to swim, yet it seems others are doing much better? Is there any secret behind sustaining your career? And how do you balance work with daily life. Serious emerging dance/performing artists will learn how to take concrete and creative steps towards a viable career.

Butoh Chicago Expo Table
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