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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.
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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
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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)

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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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APRIL 23 at DFB Gallery beginning at 7:00pm (FB EVENT)
$15 Suggested Donation (there is a sliding scale)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Early Registration Deadline Extended!

Yumiko YoshiokaThere are a few more days to catch the Early Registration Deadline for Yumiko’s Workshop April 21-24! Purchase full immersion tickets for $185 until April 7 at 6pm, or use the code: 34rlyb1rd for 10% of individual day ticket sales. More information about the workshop here:


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April 2, 12-3pm. One Day Only Workshop at Columbia Dance Center 
This three hour workshop and conversation delves into contemporary Butoh thought and artistic practice. Visiting Butoh dancer and scholar Michael Sakamoto leads a two hour movement workshop followed by a conversation with Columbia Dance Center faculty and dancer Darrell Jones to enlighten us on their individual approaches to presenting Butoh within contemporary performance practice. Come prepared to move and reflect. All levels welcome! RSVP for this free workshop ASAP. Class size is limited to 24.

BUTOH NOW: Michael Sakamoto and Darrell Jones
BUTOH NOW: Michael Sakamoto and Darrell Jones

Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar active in dance, theatre, performance, media and photography. His solo, ensemble and visual works have been presented in 14 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Currently touring “Flash,” a butoh/hip-hop duet with Rennie Harris, Michael is also developing “blind spot,” an intermedia performance and book project integrating discourses around the body, media imagery and intellectual property, and “Soil,” a dance theater trio with performers from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam/USA. Michael’s research and performance interests include contemporary imaginings of the butoh-based “body in crisis,” corporeal and mediated embodiments of self-reflection and social resistance, and performing the cultural commons and cultural sustainability. From 1994-2000, he was also a featured soloist in the Rachel Rosenthal Company.

Michael holds an MFA in Dance and PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, is former Co-Director of Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program and currently serves as Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Iowa.

Darrell Jones has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka and Ralph Lemon.

Along with performing Darrell continues to choreograph and teach. He has collaborated with other choreographers (Paige Cunningham, Lisa Gonzales, Damon Green, Angie Hauser, JSun Howard, Kirstie Simpson, Jeremy Wade), writers (Cheryl Boyce-Taylor), musicians (Jessie Mano, Brian Schuler, Justin Mitchell) and designers (Mawish Syed) in dance films, documentations and interactive multimedia installations. In addition to his collaborative work he continues to work in solo forms and has choreographed for professional and student ensembles (The Seldoms, University of Colorado, Univeristy of Illinois).

Darrell has received choreographic fellowships from MANCC, CDF (Chicago Dancemakers Forum) and is a two time Bessie award recipient for his collabrative work with Bebe Miller Company and his most recent research in (e)feminized ritual performance.

Darrell has also taught workshops and master classes in dance technique and improvisational processes throughout the United States and in other countries such as South Africa, UK, and South Korea. Darrell is presently a tenured faculty member at at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago where he teaches classes in dance techniqe, performance and improvisational practices. His classes are informed by his training and studies in a variety of contemporary dance techniques and Traditional Dance forms.

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Mitsu Salmon Butoh/Movement class

BUTOH BODY Presents Mitsu Salmon
Sundays from 12-2 February 21 and 28
Suggested donation $10 drop-in
Drawing from Butoh, Noguchi and improvisation, this class will explore the connection with body, mind and imagery.
  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.
The class will collaboratively be made with students based on their interests and needs.
Mitsu is an interdisciplinary artist who works with performance, movement and voice. She has practiced Butoh for 8 years and been part of a Butoh company, Ima Tenko and Kiraza for 3 years in Japan.
Class Cards now available!
$80 for 10 classes. Purchase via Paypal here (check or cash in person)
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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
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
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?

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suggested donation $10
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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 is
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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.