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.

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

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.

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.

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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On the Town: Chicago Tribune

Featured in On the Town in the Chicago Tribune On the Town, Chicago Tribune

Quote “I compare butoh to figure drawing. A good artist leaves open areas, because the mind can fill in what’s happening. Butoh does that a lot: It allows people to fill in the gaps with their own memories and associations.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/dance/ct-butoh-dance-preview-20150414-column.html

For the Curious: More about Butoh

Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, SSII: Post Butoh Fest
Koichi and Hiroko Tamano

Doing some research in preparation for SSII: Post Butoh Festival coming up, I came across this very concise list of essential concepts in Butoh. I tend to use these concepts in my own teaching, and so I am contacting Florencia Guerberof, who compiled the list. She is carrying out an ongoing investigation on Butoh movement, and I am curious as to how it is going. She shares these Essential Concepts simply: 

The empty body does not move intentionally. It is rather moved by something. The body is a blank canvas subject to infinite transformations. The body is a black charcoal absorbing the light. “What is expressed should not be something that a dancer tries to display. A dancer should concentrate on absorbing.”  Nario Gohda from Yukio Waguri’s site: http://www.otsukimi.net/koz/e_yw_antho.html   

The desublimated body. Decay is the dance of the living organisms. We stand in between life and death. The beauty of fading out in dance. Different ways of vanishing. Snow melts, a rain of cherry tree petals falls and the moon hides by quarters.

Beauty in the horror of the grimace. The distorted, the uncanny and the grotesque. The coexistence of the painful and the pleasant.

The Inside. Movement emerges from a remote zone which hides in the darkness of our own body.

The unleashed body. Movement without thinking in the search for the body’s own unconscious impulses.

The Avant-Garde body. Fragmentation and dissociation. Influence of modernist art in dance. The hands, the face and the feet going their own separated ways. The mask.

The power of the gaze in dance. From a particular gaze a  determined way of  walking flourishes. Eyes migrate through different body parts. The empty eyes. The whole body as a big eye. Seeing through the other senses. I see with the soles of my feet. To see becomes to feel.

The ground. The worshiped surface from which everything originates.

Presence. Practice one’s own existence into space. Carrying one´s own body weight.

Connecting with the outside. The ego melts into space. Becoming the universe.

The other. Internalizing different beings and their existence. Transforming from one state into the other. Female and male energy, animal spirits, animated and inanimate objects.

Sensing. To sense the essence of things generating movement from our relation with different materials, textures, atmospheres, temperatures,light and darkness.

The space in between. Importance of the invisible space between things. Air circulates around  hidden joints and cavities. The space can become small. Hands can turn diminutive. The smallest detail makes a big difference. Subtlety and delicacy.