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.

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LIGHT | BODY | SOUND | MACHINE

APRIL 23 at DFB Gallery beginning at 7:00pm (FB EVENT)
$15 Suggested Donation (there is a sliding scale)
SARA ZALEK with SPECIAL GUESTS – YUMIKO YOSHIOKA, MARCO DONNARUMMA, HECTOR CANONGE, LISA STERTZ, and JASON SOLIDAY

Yumiko YoshiokaYUMIKO YOSHIOKA was a founding member of the first all-female butoh group Ariadone and has been instrumental in bringing butoh to Europe: first with Ariadone in Paris in 1978 and then in Germany with her group Theatre Danse Grotesque (1988-1994). She has toured and taught extensively in Japan, Europe, Russia, Israel and both North and South America and presently is based in eastern Germany where she runs the group TEN PEN Chii with visual artist Joachim Manager and musician Zam Johnson. http://www.ne.jp/asahi/butoh/itto/yumiko/

Yumiko is leading a series of workshops April 21-24, get more details and register for any workshop day: Yumiko Yoshioka: Body Resonance Workshop

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 10.13.24 AMMARCO DONNARUMMA is an artist and writer. He merges sound art and performance art through science and technology. He is known for his performances, concerts and installations using and abusing human bodies, sound, infrasound, lights, algorithms, body sensors, and loudspeakers. His works rely on the material force of sound to produce intensely intimate encounters of bodies and machines, and vivid sensory, and physical experiences. His creative process is a continuous feedback between artistic intuition, scientific experiments, and development of custom technologies. Among other awards, he has been a Harvestworks Fellow with support by the Rockefeller Foundation, and his works have been featured at Sónar+D, ISEA, Venice Biennale, ZKM, transmediale, CTM, FILE, Panorama, NYEAF, Sound Art China, EMPAC, Stanford CCRMA, to name a few. http://marcodonnarumma.com/

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 10.10.33 AMHECTOR CANONGE is an interdisciplinary artist whose work incorporates the use of New-media technologies, physical environments, cinematic and performance art narratives. In his work he explores and treats issues related to construction of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration. His performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes as well as the interaction with the public. Canonge studied Comparative Literature, Filmmaking, and Integrated Media Arts in New York City. His visual arts projects and performance art work have been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. http://www.hectorcanonge.net/

OTCIn her work LISA STERTZ aims to direct attention to the human being on a bare, existential level. She reflects the individual in connection to its surroundings informed by society, locality, family, history, and policy. – The notion of freedom is central to this undertaking. Knowing that absolute freedom does not exist, but that it is always subject to a moment of negotiation, her art making and thinking is exposed to the exploration of different modes of perception to point to an unbiased openness and to alter predetermination. Performances of hers become thus places of invitation and motion. She aims to pick people up, invite them to get involved and share her time with them, as they share theirs with her. Further she seeks to create open, yet intimate moments of being together, face-to-face, among others, in one room – present, to remind us of our natural and mutual longing for an/other. lllss.tumblr.com

JSoliday_bw_2kJASON SOLIDAY is an electronic musician. Solo performer and member of Cleav’d Cleaver, Ratatosk, Magic Missile, I ♥ Presets, xTAL fSCK, mora, and various ad-hoc ensembles too numerous to mention.

“The real beauty of this music lies in the detail. Far from being a flat-out noise fest, Nonagon Knives brims with texture showcases Soliday’s ability to coax more than just random noise from his chosen instrument. ‘An Obsession With Aerodynamics’, for example, hums with feedback beneath the surface racket, lending it an unsettling feeling of depth. Imagine waving your hand around in a dark hole you know harbours snakes and waiting for the bite – that’s the kind of effect the best of Soliday’s work can have on you, and it’s often as though it’s been wired directly into your spine. Soliday retains superlative control too; nothing runs him and nothing sounds superfluous. The undoubted highlight here is the quarter-hour ‘The Comfort of Outer Forms’, which uses its extended playing time to run the whole gamut of sonic shades. From burping frog croaks to zipping space cars and some disarmingly cute chirrups, the track eventually blends the lot in a rapidly rotating neutron star of noise that flings out ever fiercer tendrils. They themselves construct miniatures, all of which hiss around the perimeters and some of which even have the faintest hint of melody. This is the kind of minutiae that will reveal itself upon repeated listens (it goes straight back around whenever I play it), and what marks Soliday out as being a truly exceptional noise artist.” – Steve Dewherst, Foxy Digitalis soundcloud.com/crank-satori
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