Open Voice / Oscillations

Weellllcoommmeeee to a 3 Part Workshop on Sound and VOICE. This class will feature exercises that will help you to freely use your voice and body to explore ~*vibration*~ and Microphones and sympathetic resonances.

OPEN VOICE: Micro Drone
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Sundays from 6-8p on Oct 28, Nov 4, and Nov 11.
$10 Suggested donation.

OPEN VOICE is a voice workshop focusing on vocal technique and improvisation, hosted by the performance trio LES CHANTEUSES DU RIEN. If the sound of your voice is always something you’ve wished to explore, come and join! Discover the possibilities and uniqueness of your voice, individually and with a group. Learn to deepen your listening skills. Get in touch with your inner child and create through playful improvisation. No previous experience necessary. Everyone is worthy of expression! Those that attend any of the workshops are welcome to open our set at Oscillations on November 16. Details will be discussed in all of the Open Voice workshops.

OSCILLATIONS: Divyamaan Sahoo / Les Chanteuses du Rien
November 16, 2018
Doors at 7:30PM. Music at 8:00PM
General $10 | Student/Members $8
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60660

OSCILLATIONS presents concerts by artists selected from submissions received in response to an open call for proposals.

In the final evening of Oscillations performances, composer, musician, and puppeteer Divyamaan Sahoo will present his new work ‚ÄúFlatland‚ÄĚ and Les Chanteuses du Rien (Elaine Lemieux, Hanna Brock, and Sara Zalek) will present an immersive improvisation utilizing the entire ESS building.

LES CHANTEUSES DU RIEN is Sara Zalek (movement), Elaine Lemieux (voice), and Hanna Brock (instrumentalist). We explore the dynamics of resonance in relation to space using classical scores, experimental opera, improvised sound, expanded cinema, and Butoh dance. Our gestures come from strong desire to communicate intimately, to seek an opening to our fears in an embrace. Ultimately, we want to surprise, disarm, and uplift the spirit, to continue weaving the long tail of our evolutionary story. We have been making in this collective for two years, in all sort of venues in Chicago, including Chicago Cultural Center, Edgar Miller Legacy Studio, Silent Funny, Ragdale Foundation and the Hungry Brain, and are looking to tour in 2018. We have been supported by Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Cheney Foundation, the City of Chicago, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation.

Formidable Dreams Premiere

21 October Sunday

Our first official showcase of Formidable Dreams, created and produced by collaboration between Eugene Sun Park and Sara Zalek in Dance-for-Camera Screenings in Claudia Cassidy Theater from 11am-1:30pm. Formidable Dreams screens at 11:55am and includes an all day installation in the G.A.R. Rotunda.

as part of: Elevate Chicago Dance
Chicago Cultural Center
ALL DAY – Free and open to the public

Formidable Dreams is a short film exploring isolation, dysphoria, and dreams of potential transformation. Through tableaux, operatic voice, and their curious interactions, these trickster heroines explore desire, longing, and the quest for the external elixir. In between conscious and subconscious places, these trickster characters enact both social and primal behavior, with an earnest desire to commune and elevate their status. Their vocalizations are hypnotic, reverent, absurd, and bizarre. Through images, movement, and sound, this film is an elusive narrative that creates a sense of bewilderment and curiosity.

Formidable Dreams takes place in urban, natural, and fantastical landscapes, using elements of Butoh, Opera, and improvisation as frameworks for exploration and development. Presentations and workshops evolve into interactive events featuring live performance with dancers, performers, musicians, and sculptural objects.

THANK YOU¬†‚̧
Many amazing artists from the Chicago community made this possible! Special thanks to Eugene Sun Park for the ideas and inspiration and keeping the candle burning for three years; performing still the cast of Heroes, Hanna Brock, Here Heather Marie, Elaine Lemieux, and Sara Goodman; editors Tracy Pitts and Lexi Midkiff; Gwyneth Anderson for Stop-motion photography;  extraordinary Camera Operators and handsome bachelors ETC Joe Lim, Brian Zahm,  Ed Bornstein, Sound Mixer: John Wong, Sound Engineer Specialist; and Event Photographers Rebecca Ciprus and Ji Yang
Event Photographer; Associate Producer/Production Manager/1st AD Gustavo Martin; Production Assistants Quinn Nicholson, Shir Avinadav, Angie Panganiban, Umnia Khan, George Ellzey, Katherine Johnson, Rebecca Ladida, and Molly Hewitt;  Mark Leja, Media Manager; Kevin Oliver-Krohn, Grip; Dylan Morris AC; Max Bryan, 2nd AC; plus final color corrections and trailer by Hannah Kim, PLUS Eryka Dellenbach for the documentation and film of Elevate performance 2017; and Chad Hagedorn for helping me realize the installation doors. 

The film portion of this project is supported by Chicago Dancemakers Forum, an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cheney Foundation. Special thanks for development opportunities by Light Box, Detroit and locations that made it possible, including Silent Funny and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Directors statement: 
We, Eugene Sun Park and Sara Zalek, began to work together in 2012 and collaborated on some successful projects before beginning Formidable Dreams. With themes of identity and loss in mind‚ÄĒpersonal, racial, national, ethnic, gender‚ÄĒwe have found many creative confluences. Our interests in displacement, myth, and the surreal; the search for our subconscious selves, our humanity, and dreams of potential transformation. We look to comparative mythology to reframe and recontextualize origin stories, to reshape current paradigms of cultural identity. The trickster hero characters in these films move in liminal and subconscious spaces. They rediscover their relationship to the world through their connection to architecture and each other. Through images, movement, and sound, these characters create a sense of bewilderment and curiosity as beings who continually seek to rediscover themselves. We consider the creative potential in all humans as powerful shapeshifters, mythmakers, and transformers of culture.

Elastic Arts this Wednesday!

Peter Redgrave, Damon Locks & Wayne Montana

ELASTIC ARTS
3429 W Diversey Ave #208
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12 | 9:00 PM | $10

Peter Redgrave is just back from a summer residency on Lasqueti Island, re-emerging back to into this world at Elastic Arts on Wednesday. Remember his tricks from Battles? Lights and ladders and holes in the sidewalk?

Peter cut his performance teeth in the early 90’s neo no wave scene in Chicago. Playing in the band Mother Country Death Rattle and other performative music ventures, his projects combined the band format with visual and conceptual elements.

Since 2010, Redgrave has focused on staging movement. Using theatrical devices and sound, Redgrave builds a compelling world where witnesses are not sure whether to chuckle or weep. His latest piece, The Education of Icarus, is an offering to those who tend the ambitions of others.

He will open the show and then have a short break to reset the stage and then have a fifteen – twenty minute improvised set with The Eternals before they tear the roof off.
The Eternals:
Damon Locks is a Chicago based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay.

Wayne Montana is a member of The Eternals. He was also a member of Trenchmouth, a post-hardcore band from Chicago.

 

Unknown Film Premiere

Saturday, September 8th
7:30pm -11pm

The Martin
2515 W North Ave
$10 suggested donation

From Directors Shannon Metelko &&¬†Mandy Work Wetzel “Unknown”¬†is an experimental film that explores anxiety from inside the mind.‚Äč

Dancers embody racing thoughts, brain activity and tension that is a physical response to anxiety and unknowns. Using their physicality to portray the inner workings of an anxious mind, the dancers and aesthetic combine to juxtapose¬†mental and body states portraying a central character’s experience.

The evening’s events include music, performance, film, and¬†interactive stations exploring the light and dark of mental health, finding the silver linings, and what we do to feel better.¬†A percentage of proceeds will be donated to¬†local organization,¬†ALSO-Chicago.

‚ÄčWe want to keep having¬†conversations that result in less stigma and more self-love.

Performing ARTISTS:
Michelle Chorski
Les Chanteuses Du Rien
Alex Heller
Eve Rydberg
Shannon Metelko + Mandy Work Wetzel
Ayo VITI

Jennie Ellman and interactive art stations for attendees to express yourselves. ♥

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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

Performances:

September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays 5-7pm

Where:
Beginning at Caracol Gathering Space (located south of McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, by the lakefront at 2400 S. Lake Shore Dr.) 

Ending at La Ronda Parakata Gathering Space (south of the 31st St. Harbor, around 3300 S. Lake Shore Dr.)

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.

My inspiration: ‚ÄúEverything 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.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄďNejla 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‚Ķgo 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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúPUNCTUMUN‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒ a portmanteau that describes ‚Äúa small, distinct point‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒ 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 (ťĀä)

5/4, 5/5, 5/6 – 7:00pm

Beyond the Box II ~ Yu(ťĀä), 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: ‚ÄúYu (ťĀä)‚ÄĚ 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!

Madison-Chicago
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 ‚Äúblind spot,‚ÄĚ a work-in-progress dance and sound performance. Using Michael‚Äôs autobiographical narrative and visual metaphors from photography and cinema, ‚Äúblind spot‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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: ‚ÄúFlash‚ÄĚ, a butoh/hip-hop duet with acclaimed choreographer Rennie Harris; ‚ÄúSoil‚ÄĚ, a dance theater trio with Southeast Asian dancers; and ‚Äúblind spot‚ÄĚ, an intermedia solo performance exploring intellectual property censorship and corporate militarism. Michael is also writing a book project, ‚ÄúAn Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis‚ÄĚ 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.