We warmly welcome Aurora back for another round of BB classes, her teaching is always thoughtful, direct, and impactful. She has a history of working with children, and it shows up in the most beautiful way. All Ages Welcome BTW 🙂
Aurora Tabar is a Chicago-based performing artist and occupational therapist. Her professional and creative practices examine the process of healing and the potential for transformation. She makes dance, theater, video, installations, and participatory public actions with others, and less often by herself. She was a 2012 LinkUp artist in residence at Links Hall in collaboration with Sara Zalek and more recently presented original work at the 2017 Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival (Chicago, IL) in collaboration with Bill Skaleski and Duncan Reilly. Aurora received a 2017 Individual Artist Program grant through Chicago’s DCASE for her current project, The Existential Coat Check. Aurora works at Esperanza Community Services where she supports young people with developmental disabilities to become as independent as possible. She lives on the west side of Chicago with her partner, Kevin, and their two cats.
Steadily unsteady, redrawing and twanging our axial lines, we’ll be working with some ideas stolen from Mal de Debarquement Syndrome and Argentine Tango. Derangement will ensue.
Carole McCurdy is a Chicago-based artist who harnesses her nervous energy as a movement performer and visual artist. She received a 2016 Lab Artist award from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum and is a Fall 2016 Sponsored Artist at High Concept Laboratories. Her work addresses grief and anxiety, duty and resistance, and the absurd mysteries of embodiment. Last millennium she worked as a copy editor, but since then she’s been privileged to study with many masters of butoh dance, including Natsu Nakajima and Yoshito Ohno, and also with great teachers of Argentine tango. She has performed at spaces including the Chicago Cultural Center, Epiphany Dance, Links Hall, Hamlin Park, High Concept Laboratories, Defibrillator Gallery, and Movement Research (NY). In 2014 she danced under viaducts in downtown Chicago and then toured Indonesia with Nicole LeGette’s blushing poppy Dance Club. In 2008–09 she was awarded a six-month artistic residency at Links Hall, where she created and showed her ensemble piece Alas. For Redmoon Theater’s 2006 Twilight Orchard event in Columbus Park, McCurdy created A Cure for Scurvy, a performance installation one reviewer described as “an example of the way dread can be created virtually out of thin air.”
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.
Typically on First Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm Next Classes: 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.