Asobi: Playing within Time

Friday August 24th @7pm
Saturday August 25th @3pm
MCA Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave

Rika Lin (aka Fujima Yoshinojo) is a shin-nisei, a part of the postwar Japanese American diaspora, an interdisciplinary performing artist, a choreographer, and a grandmaster in Fujima-style Japanese classical dance, Nihon Buyoh. For her Lab project Asobi: Playing within Time, Yoshinojo trifles with the perception of time as an act of dancing. Searching for and testing the line connecting judgement to gender perception, Yoshinojo’s momentary, organic reaction reflects or responds using the traditional and creative musicians of the Reduction Ensemble, directed by Tatsu Aoki. Her choreography, which stems from traditional pedagogy, lulls viewers into believing what at first appears to be a traditional Japanese dance but is in fact a transgression, filled with subtle expressions of humor and protest.

What is Nihon Buyo?

The MCA presents SHareOUT!,  a new mini-festival of performance works that have been develop in a year of research supported by Chicago Dancemakers Forum.

More info and purchase tickets

Group Rate: Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets for only $10/person.

Tickets: $15 (Full price) | $10 (members) | $8 (student)

Tickets are on sale now, tickets can be purchased online or by contacting MCA Box Office at (312) 397-4010.

Conference of the Birds : Nejla Yatkin

Free Movement Workshop Intensive and Performance with critically acclaimed choreographer Nejla Yatkin

Open the visceral door of your body, move within a flock. Join award-winning choreographer and master teacher Nejla Yatkin to explore the interaction between people, their movement, and the natural environment through this series of unique movement workshops on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in August. Participants will be guided through a process harnessing multiple practices including; Reiki, Feldenkrais, physical theater exercises, and contemporary dance. The conference will transform the way we experience ourselves through movement.

Workshop participants will perform in Conference Of The Birds, a series of six site-specific, interactive performances presented on Saturdays and Sundays in September in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor on Chicago’s lakefront. During each performance, workshop participants will guide an audience in an interactive and participatory movement practice inspired by bird flocking behavior with the goal of transforming audience self perceptions, their views of one another, and to move through an environment in new and unexpected ways.

When:
Workshop Intensive: Saturdays & Sundays 4-6pm, August 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 2018;
Performances: Saturdays & Sundays 5-7pm, September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2018;

Where: Beginning at Caracol Gathering Space (located south of McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, by the lakefront at 2400 S. Lake Shore Dr.) and ending at La Ronda Parakata Gathering Space (south of the 31st St. Harbor, around 3300 S. Lake Shore Dr.)

Who: For everyone of any age, who wants to experiment with movement, discover new expressive range, and sharpen the senses.

Why: Become more fully present with yourself and others. Practice painting in space with the body by performing movement improvisation in public spaces. Discover your bodies expressive range through guided movement practices.

Details: Sign up by emailing your name and contact information to ny2dance@gmail.com. Workshops are free and open to all those who can commit to attend all scheduled workshop sessions and performances.

Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

My inspiration: “Everything in life moves. The human body is designed to engage with the environment through movement. Throughout a lifetime of choreographing, teaching, and dancing around the globe, I have learned how beneficial dance is to human development. Dance sharpens the senses, enhances social intelligence, challenges the body and mind and consequently reinvigorates our cognitive, physical and social development. In this workshop we will explore what moves people and how the collective energy inspires people to move.” –Nejla Yatkin

See samples of other work by Nejla Yatkin created in more than 30 countries around the world by clicking here or visiting https://www.youtube.com/user/aljen07/videos

About: Nejla Yatkin Award-winning and critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer Nejla Yatkin is a recent Drama Desk Award Nominee, Chita Rivera Nominee for Outstanding Choreography, 3Arts Awardee, and Princess Grace Choreography award fellow. Nejla hails from Germany, bringing a luminous and transcultural perspective to her creations. Her focus is regularly drawn to the role that memory and history serve in constructing identity, causing and resolving conflict, and the possibility of transforming cultural tensions into deep, authentic moments of human connection.

For more information please visit www.ny2dance.com

Conference Of The Birds by Nejla Y. Yatkin is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 100 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative. Conference of the Birds is also supported, in part, by Contratiempo, The Jay Pritzker Foundation, and the McClelland Foundation.

100 Light Years of Solitude

Wednesday, April 25 *One Night Only

Following Yumiko Yoshioka’s acclaimed solo “Before the Dawn”, this is the second part of her trilogy “From 1 to 100”. 100 Light Years of Solitude is inspired by Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” to explore a state of solitude Yumiko dances the life of a unique creature, born on a planet 100 light years away from ours. Imagining that this creature is the only one of its species on that planet, it enjoys unfolding its life until it realizes its destiny… to exist in solitude. Yumiko says, “In my childhood, I was always fascinated by the imaginary creatures and monsters of fairy tales. Butoh, a dance of metamorphosis, helps me to explore this imaginary world, and make something invisible visible.”

Direction/Choreography /Dance – Yumiko Yoshioka
Co-direction – Miguel Camarero
Costume – Pablo Alarcon
Light design/ technical direction – Spiros Paterakis
Music composition – Tomas Tello/ Zam Johnson

7:00pm @Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.
Get tickets early!

Interested in learning more about Butoh?

Check out Yumiko’s workshops at the Japanese Culture Center April 19-22

Bridge Dance Festival – Links Hall

Bridge Dance Festival 
April 6 – May 6, 2018
Links Hall

SCHEDULE AND FESTIVAL PASS

Performances:

Enmei (Long Life)

4/6, 4/7 – 7:00pm

‘Enmei (“Long Life”): A Dance and Aging’ Project brings together dancers and designers from the United States and Japan to explore what it means and what it takes to age as a woman in the field of contemporary dance. Artists Kei Takei and Masako Kitaura join forces with Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley and Rose Weitz to create an evening of solo and collaborative works that examine how our respective cultures value and represent women dancers as they age. Using the dancing body as a site of exploration, Enmei investigates our unique cultural histories by collapsing the past and present, the personal and universal, the tangible and immaterial. In a series of three distinct sections that are both richly layered and stripped down, these works are a testament to the accumulated wisdom of the aging body, and a celebration of the human spirit.

‘Enmei’ features an original musical score created by Kotoka Suzuki. Guest performer Laz Brezer, Associate Director of Moving Earth, also will be joining the cast for these performances.

100 Light Years of Solitude

4/25 – 7:00pm

Following Yumiko’s acclaimed solo “Before the Dawn”, this is the second part of her trilogy “From 1 to 100”. 100 Light Years of Solitude is inspired by Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” to explore a state of solitude Yumiko dances the life of a unique creature, born on a planet 100 light years away from ours. Imagining that this creature is the only one of its species on that planet, it enjoys unfolding its life until it realizes its destiny… to exist in solitude. Yumiko says, “In my childhood, I was always fascinated by the imaginary creatures and monsters of fairy tales. Butoh, a dance of metamorphosis, helps me to explore this imaginary world, and make something invisible visible.”

Direction/Choreography /Dance – Yumiko Yoshioka, Co-direction – Miguel Camarero, Costume – Pablo Alarcon, Light design/ technical direction – Spiros Paterakis, Music composition – Tomas Tello/ Zam Johnson.

CLUTCH

4/27, 4/28 – 3:00pm

A word from CLUTCH creator, Darrell Jones:

“For the past ten years, my artistic research has found its central focus through a conversation between my postmodern training and the voguing aesthetic. My goal in this work…go beyond mere replication and unravel the physical poetics. Can this specific gay minority art form and my refracted materials be a metaphor for global ideas of oppression, transgression and transformation? As I have continued my research into the aesthetic I continue to work with various demographics with particular questions into how the physical languages and improvisational approaches can influence and be influenced across cultures. In this research in how to battle mechanisms of oppression through the physical form, it felt right to change the turf, go long and far, train and create in a place seasoned in its cycles of oppression, resistance and liberation. Sharing these processes out of an American context developed ways in which to see the movements in a new frame. This seemed like good scientific method –test it out in multiple places, with multiple people, see what lives, see what dies. In a residency period in Japan my counterpart in this project, used the analogy of planting seeds. She plants the idea seeds and through her creative process notices the inherent features, qualities and patterns of growth given the elements of sustenance. This project was a rare opportunity to observe the effect of novel soil in unfamiliarizing my artistic materials. A fresh country on our very American dance.”

Kaori Seki’s New Creation for US Tour (Title TBA)

4/27, 4/28 – 7:00pm

A contemporary choreographer based in Japan, Kaori Seki explores the possibilities of the live encounter, engaging the audience’s senses and evoking nostalgia and memories that are difficult to record. Previous dances have incorporated stimuli such as fragrances or fabric in order to awaken the minds and bodies of the audience. Like her company name “PUNCTUMUN”— a portmanteau that describes “a small, distinct point”— Seki, who is trained in classical ballet and modern dance forms such as Butoh, creates work that is meticulous, sensuous, and subtle.

Beyond The Box II ~ Yu (遊)

5/4, 5/5, 5/6 – 7:00pm

Beyond the Box II ~ Yu(遊), takes another step and explores the roles of women from the confines of traditional Japanese classical dance where female characters are predominantly limited to subtle, contained, and subdued expressions. Up against this notion of submission, Yu boldly and creatively deviates from the accepted norm in traditional Japanese performance practices, the performers facilitate the meta-perceptual opportunity to embody the full range of emotional and physical expression, strength, and power, and subconsciously accepted standards for gender identity. Yoshinojo Fujima, Hokkaido calligraphy artist Natsuki Kubo, and the Reduction Ensemble, led by renown artist/creative musician Tatsu Aoki present: “Yu (遊)” as the concluding event of the Bridge Dance Festival. The performance also commemorates the first collaboration of the Chicago-Obihiro Artist Exchange.

Yelling at the Dark!

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Two evenings of live art (a mix of sound and movement based performance) celebrating the simultaneous absurdity and exhilaration of an insignificant act. The possibility of doing nothing. To explore strength in vulnerability, being our incongruous selves, recognizing our obtuse nature. Bubbling to the surface and being loud to root in embodiment.

Saturday March 3, 7-10pm
Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL
$10 suggested donation

Saturday March 10, 7:30-10:30pm
Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison, WI
$10 suggested donation

Participating Artists:
Christine Olson (Madison, WI)
Jakob Maché (Vienna) (**March 3 only, includes workshops on March 2, 3)

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Louise Bock (Madison, WI)
Marina Kelly (Madison, WI)
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Les Chanteuses du rien (Chicago, IL) Elaine Lemieux (voice) Hanna Brock (instrument) Sara Zalek (movement)
Ginger Krebs (Chicago, IL)
Mimi Wallman (Chicago, IL)
Aurora Tabar Existential Coat Check (Chicago, IL)

 

Organizers:

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Sara Zalek, artist at Large www.saratonin.com
Christine Olson, performance and movement artist, www.christineolsonart.com

Special Thanks to Elastic Arts,  Arts + Literature Laboratory and OuterSpace Studios for their generosity of spirit, time, and space!

Movement Workshops with Jakob Maché
@OuterSpace Studios 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
March 2, 3-6pm
March 3, 12-3pm
(More Info)

TRADING ROUTES December 3 & 9

Solo Performance Works by Michael Sakamoto & Mitsu Salmon

Midwest Nexus Touring Grant Exchange

Sunday // December 3 at 7PM
Saturday // December 9 at 9PM

LINKS HALL
3111 W. Western Ave, Chicago, IL

As part of Trading Routes Festival
Tickets $12-15 at www.linkshall.org


BLIND SPOT
Michael Sakamoto & Christopher Jette
Sakamoto and Jette present excerpts from “blind spot,” a work-in-progress dance and sound performance. Using Michael’s autobiographical narrative and visual metaphors from photography and cinema, “blind spot” addresses the intersection between intellectual property, corporate militarism and personal narrative.

TSUCHI
Mitsu Salmon 
Tsuchi is a solo interdisciplinary performance piece. It draws from Mitsu’s great- grandfather’s experience of immigrating from Japan to Hawaii as a farmer and then becoming his dream of becoming a high-end waiter. The piece delves into and obscures his life and then branches out to the stories of Mitsu’s. The work explores questions of family and travel through Butoh, contemporary, dance, and everyday movements with music and text. Awarded best collaborative multimedia dance performance and Top 5 best emerging dancer performances from Newcity 2015.


About the Artists:
MITSU SALMON creates original performance and visual works, which fuse multiple disciplines. Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. In 2005 she graduated from NYU where she majored in Experimental Theater.
She has performed solo work at places such Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Highways Performance Space and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer (Berlin) Central Saint Martins (London), and Urbanguild (Kyoto). She has participated in the Asquared Asian American Performance Festival in Chicago, the Berlin Performance Art Festival, and Act Art London Performance Art Festival. She has been awarded artists residencies at Earthdance in Massachettes, Oxbow in Michigan, Tsung Yeh in Taiwan and Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, Indonesia. In Chicago, she has been awarded residencies through High Concept Lab, the Cultural Center, and Links Hall. www.mitsusalmon.com

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 (2016), TACT/Fest Osaka, UCLA Fowler Museum and many others. He is currently touring: “Flash”, a butoh/hip-hop duet with acclaimed choreographer Rennie Harris; “Soil”, a dance theater trio with Southeast Asian dancers; and “blind spot”, an intermedia solo performance exploring intellectual property censorship and corporate militarism. Michael is also writing a book project, “An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis” for Wesleyan University Press.

CHRISTOPHER JETTE is a curator of lovely sounds, creating work as a composer and new media artist. His creative work explores the artistic possibilities at the intersection of human performers/creators and technological tools. Christopher’s research details his technical and aesthetic investigations and explores technology as a physical manifestation of formalized human constructs. A highly collaborative artist, he has created works that involve dance, theater, websites, electronics, food, toys, typewriters, cell phones, instrument design and good ol’ fashioned wood and steel instruments. In addition to creating concert music, Christopher explores Creative Placemaking through site-specific and interactive work as a core-four member of the Anchorage based Light Brigade. He was the 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Grant Wood Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Iowa and currently serves as Visiting Artist at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

Les Chanteuses Du Rien

Elaine Lemieux, Hanna Brock, and Sara Zalek dare the impossible…on the Washington Stairwell at the Chicago Cultural Center

Les chanteuses du rien
Thursday, October 19
12:30-1:30pm

ciprus_formidable-27As Part of Elevate 

Ultimately, we
want to surprise, disarm, and uplift the spirits of all
who witness, to continue
weaving the long tail of our
evolutionary story.

Elevate Chicago Dance marks the culmination of a multi-year Regional Dance Development Initiative produced by Chicago Dancemakers Forum and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).  It is made possible with funding from Reva and David Logan Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago Park District/Night Out in the Parks, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through NEFA’s National Dance Project. Learn more about Chicago’s Regional Dance Development Initiative.

Thank you!

To ALL, who shared, participated, witnessed, and survived this full month of Battles:SS3 with us, we thank you with our whole hearts which have grown over three sizes! We have discovered that some things that may seem impossible or too challenging to take on, are TOTALLY possible, invigorating, and even (en)lightening. We have to say we couldn’t have done it with you all.

Shout outs to these organizations and spaces for their generous capacity: Antibody Corporation, The Japanese Culture Center, High Concept Labs, No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab, The Learning Machine, Hume Chicago, Defibrillator GalleryThe Dojo, and In/Habit Roving Art Series.

People who made the WORK happen: Mandy Work, Aurora Tabar, Eryka Dellenbach, Holly Chernobyl, Rebecca Ladida, Saira Chambers, Sara Luczko, Adam Rose, Steven Wang, Billie Howard, Jason Soliday, April Noga, Cathey Kasper, Eli Halpern, Ginger Farley, Joseph Ravens, Erin Delaney, Michael Egon Schiele, Alex Palma, David Sorich, Kelly, and Christopher Zalek.

Performers who made All the MAGIC happen: Mari Osanai, Paul Michael Henry,
Ken Mai, Jessica Mae Shen, Wannapa P-Eubanks, Amelia Charter, Efrén Arcoiris,
Carole McCurdy, Stephanie Lupu, Kaj-anne Pepper, Alba Soto, Jon Poindexter,
Cristal Sabbagh, Peter Redgrave & Khristian Weeks, Antibody Corporation,
Darling Squire, Aurora Tabar, Bill Skaleski, Duncan Reilly, Beatrice VS, Sara Goodman, Eryka Dellenbach, Jenn Freeman, Holly Chernobyl, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Allen Turner.

Film & Video Artists that opened our eyes to new possibilities: Nabeela Vega,
Rami George, Vincent Chevalier, Connie Noyes, Carole McCurdy, Dubi Kaufmann,
Emily Esperanza, Frank Bertram, Victoria Bradford, and Goeff Shelton.

Our generous food & beverage donors, who gave delicious treats: Yuzu, NuiB, Kizuki, Lagunitas, Revolution, Trader Joe’s, Dimo’s, and Furious Spoon.

Our Amazing crew of documenters: Ji Yang, Eryka Dellenbach, Lee Klawans, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Joseph Lim, Abhi Shah, and Tingyu Huang

And those that contributed money to our overall budget, and for whom we are so grateful: Elizabeth Thompson, Ginger Farley & Bob Shapiro, Chris Zalek, Cards Against Humanity, Bonnie Brooks, Mary Tabar, Sangeet Gupta, Scott Lundius, Lara Oppenheimer, Joanna Furnans, Dubi Kaufman, Geoff Guy, Aurora Tabar, Annie Cauthorn, Carole McCurdy, Holly Chernobyl and Kurt Preston.

LOVE and LIGHT ❤ ❤ ❤ for you have showed us your humanity, after all.

Battles#3: Spoils & Return

Saturday, April 292016revival-holly-chernobyl
Japanese Culture Center
1016 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago
Doors open 7pm
Donations kindly accepted
RSVP here: https://battle3.eventbrite.com/

Featuring:
Ken Mai
Holly Chernobyl
Kiam Marcelo Junio
Allen Turner

“The spoils of war have included the defeated populations, which were often enslaved, and the women and children absorbed into the victorious country’s population.”

“The Spoils of war have included the defeated populations, which were often enslaved, and the women and children absorbed into the victorious country’s population.”  (Wikipedia) A time where loot and lives were taken and often worn in the name of some country, some warlord, some king, still exists in us.  We deeply know violence and oppression, it lives and breathes in our bodies. Is it possible to transform our trauma, for our pain to become our teacher?

To reframe our Return, what victory do we celebrate? Do we not still embody old paradigms of winners and losers, the oppressors and the oppressed? For these suspended moments, we might release this tension, to find any small space for empathy to rise.

Do we know how to live without war? Without claiming our own lives more important than the lives of others? We accept the truth of our answer.

This night, we attempt to embrace both Ourselves and the Other, our shadow and our light. In preparation for the next.

Reparations (counterpart of Battles)

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Reparations is an Evening of performance and film
April 22 | Doors open at 7:00PM, show starts 7:30PM
High Concept Labs, 2233 S. Throop, 4th Floor, Pilsen

co-curated with In/habit – an expanded performance art series

RSVP here: https://reparationsforbattles.eventbrite.com/
Donations are appreciated!

**feat. performances by:
Darling Squire
Jenn Freeman
Eryka Dellenbach
//interference (Sara Goodman / Beatrice VS)
Aurora Tabar / Bill Skaleski / Duncan Reilly

***videos and short films by:
Vincent Chevalier
Connie Noyes
Carole McCurdy
Rami George
Hereaclitus Here Vernon
Nabeela Vega
Mitsu Salmon

Reparations (as the counterpart of Battles) is about acts of recognitions, bodily gestures toward processes of repairing or questioning the condition of being repaired, healing together and on our own, self-care, gestures toward awareness, empathy, forgiveness, grief and justice.

From colonialism to slavery through patriarchy, food and housing redlining, mass incarceration, homophobia, surveillance, to the very small and bigger battles against the delineation between the private and the public itself, conflict, here, is seeking repair to the harm done.

Reparations is the third in a series of 4 performance events for Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival. For more info about other performances and workshops by visiting international artists, visit www.butohchicago.com

Special thanks to our Fiscal Sponsor Antibody Corporation and High Concept Labs for hosting.