Welcome this personal gift from the surrealist wellness gods ❤ Next UP: Sunday March 11, 12-2pm
per is a private practice based Yoga Therapist with an educational background in theatre arts. Per’s journey into learning Butoh dance have culminated as a perfect melting pot into which 30 years of his personal movement practice in yoga, tai chi, and bodywork all feel quite at home rubbing against each other. His earliest exposure to performance-visual arts included a fascination with physical theatre, Surrealism, and the writings of legendary artist, such as Jerzy Grotowski and Antonin Artaud.
Erez’s personal work in wellness has served him as a deep dive into the tantra of engaging our human bodies as a living intrapersonal, interpersonal, and impersonal experience– to be shared– through rituals of conscious movement. He has personally found that in these rituals, creative friction/frustration often catches fire, setting ablaze old notions that would separate healing from art, distinguish the body from the mind, or elevate a “higher self” beyond some mere mundane existence commonly experienced.
Sunday Feb 18, 12-2pm 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
“How are our ancestors held and released in our body? Ancestries of plants, animals, and humans.” Mitsu
Mitsu’s class will draw from Butoh, contemporary dance, and
experimental theater, exploring the connection with body, unconscious
The class will focus on body-weather, Noguchi, mythical creatures and
sultry hands through guided imagery and structured improvisation.
All levels welcome and please wear comfortable clothing.
Mitsu Salmon creates original performance and dance work. She studied Butoh and has been part of a Butoh company, Ima Tenko and Kiraza, for 3 years in Japan. She studied dance and experimental theater in New York and Berlin for a number of years and has performed and taught workshops internationally. She has performed solo work at places such Links Hall, HCL, Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Highways Performance Space and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer, the Berlin Performance Art Festival, London Performance Art Festival and Urbanguild in Kyoto, Japan. Learn more on www.mitsusalmon.com.
“There are as many ways to do butoh as there are flowers in the world.”
This month it’s happening Saturday, February 24th 6:30pm-8:30pm, but this is a regularly scheduled event at the Japanese Culture Center. The two hour workshop focuses on the method developed by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata and is taught by Holly Chernobyl, transformer and instigator of dark matter. This method of exploration is firmly grounded in the body, utilizes imagery, and prioritizes form over feeling.
Class is $15.00
This workshop has a limited number of spaces available! Please register ASAP through the JCC office by emailing email@example.com or by calling the office directly.
Wear clothes that are easy to move in! Bring a water bottle. This workshop is open to all levels and abilities. Total newbies especially welcome!
From Holly: I am committed to creating an environment which is inclusive of many lived experiences and many abilities. That said, the center is not ADA accessible, unfortunately. Many apologies. This may change in the future.
Holly Chernobyl is a body-based performance artist. Holly has presented work in many Chicago spaces such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, and Dfb Gallery. Her work has also been performed in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, Brooklyn at JACK, and shown in Boston, Berlin, the UK, and Quebec. She continues to create solo pieces and collaborate with a talented array of Chicago artists. In 2016, she held four artist residencies, in rural Finland, Wisconsin, Germany, and at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Typically on First Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm Next Classes: March 7, April 4, May 2, and June 6 at Volta Performing Arts, 2142 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647 $10/class
In these butoh-inspired movement classes we’ll work with specific pressure points (throat, jugular, sternum, femoral artery, instep…) and the twin impulses to protect (make a beetle of oneself), and to roll over and show your belly. We’ll also experiment with breath, “porousness” and yielding to gravity in order to invite swooping and acceleration, on the one hand, and steady, continuous movement, on the other. All skill levels welcome!
Ginger Krebs is a dancemaker, performer, and visual artist whose work has been shown recently in Chicago at the Chicago Artists Coalition, Loyola University, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hyde Park Art Center, and site-specifically at a traffic island in Wicker Park. Much of her movement suggests potential energy: the quivering of a body managing, defying, preparing for, or avoiding, rather than progressing decisively through space. Some inspirations for her new project, Escapes and Reversals, include wrestling, drone warfare, Swan Lake, and an instructional video that explains how to debone a chicken. Krebs is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Performance and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Welcome Ginger Krebs back to Sundays Butoh Body class! As part of the OuterSpace Soft Opening, this weeks class is FREE. Welcome your dark side to the dance 12-2pm, October 1 (free), Oct 8 ($15 drop-in, Butoh Body class cards, or NEW OuterSpace Frequent Flyer Cards.
From Ginger, “We’ll work with rhythm, sometimes letting ourselves being carried by continuous loops, and at other times working against rhythm to discover new and surprising ways of moving.
We’ll explore the impulses to provoke and to protect, finding inspiration in our lives and in lesser known predator-prey dynamics.”
Ginger Krebs has been creating, performing and directing multi-disciplinary performance projects since 2005. Her work has been presented recently in Chicago at The Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Artists Coalition, the Storefront Theater, and the Hyde Park Art Center. She was awarded a MAP Fund grant for innovation in live performance in 2015, and her 2016 performance, Buffer Overrun, was chosen for the Chicago Tribune’s Best dance of 2016. Krebs is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Performance and Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.gingerkrebs.com
We are excited to announce our artist in residence class @Volta Performing Arts Center for the month of August! Still on Sundays, 12-2pm… For those of you with Butoh Body cards, come use them up, its a fantastic savings. Drop-in for August classes will be $15. Please share and pass this information on, OuterSpace is on make-over hiatus.
BUTOH BODY @Volta 12-2pm 2142 N. Milwaukee Ave $15 drop in
What lies beneath our surface, what creature to we keep submerged in dark waters?
Join us at Butoh Body for the next two Sundays with guest teacher Efrén Arcoiris.
Efrén has prepared a series of exercises they learned from the brilliant teacher Mari Osanai, to allow us to feel the natural flow of water through our bodies. A guided journey through clear streams, gentle rains, storms, bogs and mires to vast oceans. Says Efrén, “I will bring my training as a reiki master teacher to this session, with an intention for us to move though stagnant energy and rejuvenate ourselves through our collective dance.”
Efrén Arcoiris is an artist, performer, healer and teacher living in Chicago, Illinois. Arcoiris’ performance practice draws from studies in Butoh, as well as various healing modalities and ritual structures. They approach performance as an opportunity to mediate the relationship between self and universal and to dissolve these boundaries. Arcoiris brings their sculpture practice to their movement work, employing object’s symbolic meanings and associations to weave a story through dance. Efren has performed at various locations in Chicago including: Links Hall, Dfbrl8r, High Concept Laboratories, 2nd Floor Rear Festival and has performed and shown internationally in Mexico City at the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico curated by S+S Project and Perras del Museo. Currently Arcoiris recently debuted “Odessa” with their performance collective Burning Orchid, which premiered at Links Halls in April. Efrén Arcoiris earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher.
Sundays June 11 & June 18
Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park
“How do you enter the stage in honesty, in a pure state of expression? It depends on the state of truth the body can reach—integrating the joy to move as well the pain to survive” Diego Pinon.
Cristal will be guiding and collaborating with the group a number of techniques to break out of habit, awaken the senses, and to cultivate deeper connections. She’ll use an interdisciplinary approach that will incorporate abstract drawings, organic sounds, guided words, and movements to further link participants to their creative energy.
Cristal Sabbagh is an art educator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, a fine artist, and interdisciplinary movement artist. Her work is motivated by a multitude of areas such as: film, culture, history, death/rebirth, hip-hop, butoh and improvised sound. In Cristal’s performances her goal is to organically transform her body, & display authentic emotion. Butoh has allowed her to connect to memories, her ancestors, and to her spirit. In essence she’s expanded her consciousness and she’ll continue to bring forth more offerings to her audience. Cristal is part of Marie Casimir’s Djasporas dance collective, which performed at the Instigation Festivals in Chicago and New Orleans, the Instigation Orchestra. She is also currently in a dance collective with Wannapa P Eubanks, called Body Strata, which develops works alongside Renee Baker’s Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Cristal has studied with many butoh masters: Daisuke Yoshimoto, Katsura Kan, Kayo Mikami, Natsu Nakajima, Koh Morobushi, Tadashi Endo, Yumiko Yoshioka, The Tamanos, Ken Mai, and Diego Pinon.
Wannapa can make any space magical with her spriteful ways. I am honored she will teach our regular Sunday Butoh Body at Outerspace Studios from 12-2pm January 22 & 29. Even if you can’t make it, I recommend spending some time with her work, and looking for her performance in April’s Butoh Fest too. Says she, “I’d love for these 2 workshops to provide us an intimate open space where we as a community can share our stories through movement by reconnecting our body and minds, and to be able to express our inner outwardly. Sparking an environment in which our bodies can respond honestly to our deeper thoughts. Each and everyone of us can create our own language using Butoh as our rosetta stone.”
Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks is a Butoh Artist, movement coach, and actor. Her venues include Goodman Theatre, Raven Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, The Athenaeum Theatre, Victory Garden Theatre, MCA, Links Hall, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Access Living, and many more… She was chosen to be showcased for Dance/USA showcase 2011 at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Her experience is also including a Thai Dialect Coach (King & I at Stage 773 for Porchlight Music Theatre). Wannapa has recently been part of Laura Crotte’s theatre group to present the “Day of the Death” show for students in Chicago schools. She is an ensemble member of Body Strata collaborating with Renee Baker, Artistic Director/Music Director of Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. She is also a company member of Erasing the Distance, a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health. Wannapa has recently conceived and produced Through My Daughter’s Eyes as part of the 2016 PopUp Series for Erasing the Distance by collaborating Theater, and Butoh in the work. She has taught Butoh workshops such as Butoh workshop for actors at Collaboraction Theatre Company, Halcyon Theatre, and individuals artists/actors as part of movement coaching. Wannapa has studied with many Butoh masters: Natsu Nakajima, The Tamanos, Yumiko Yoshioka, Katsura Kan, Akira Kasai, Tadashi Endo, and Sankai Juku.