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Proudly presenting at LAKE FX Chicago 2015

Lake FX Chicago 2015 Presented by Google

Lake FX Summit + Expo
April 16-19 




8pm, The Mid, 306 N. Halsted St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Lake FX Kick-off Jazz Showcase
Featuring Next Generation, The Fox & The Hounds and Lili K. with visual projections by Liviu Pasare of Stoptime Live Productions

A trolley will leave the Harris Theater for Music and Dance following the 5:30pm LAKE FX Keynote Address. Produced by CIMMfest and The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.


10am-1:30pm, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Fender Ballroom
DJ JESSE De La Peña spins between programs

12pm, Millennium Park, (weather location Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio)
Wired Fridays featuring DJ Sundance
Wired Fridays presents electronic dance music and local world-famous DJs in a mid-day dance party setting.

6:45pm, Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Revenge of the Mekons
A screening of the feature documentary about Punk’s reigning contrarians with director Joe Angio, band member Jon Langford and singer Sally Timms. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, 1st Ward/Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Buster Keaton Goes to Bollywood
Buster Keaton’s Seven Chances gets a trip to Bollywood with Saraswathi Ranganathan and Dominic Johnson of New Millennium Orchestra. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, Chicago Art Dept, 1932 S. Halsted St.
A large-scale video installation by Edyta Stepien and Chuck Przybyl wraps the entirety of Chicago Art Dept east gallery while experimental short films by local artists run in the west gallery. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Can’t Be Satisfied
A screening of the documentary following Muddy Water’s rise from Mississippi farmhand to Blues legend, with filmmaker Robert Burns. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Listen Local Gospel & Blues Music
Featuring Tone Ross, Reggie Royal & Judah, Ryan Booker, Dave Herrero and Davy Knowles
Produced by The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.

Evening Showcases and Performances


10am-1:30 pm, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Fender Ballroom
DJ Sadie Woods spins between programs

6pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Young Chicago Authors Showcase
A performance by members of Young Chicago Authors (YCA), an organization cultivating artistic voice, developing critical thinkers and empowering youth to be civically engaged through programs like Louder Than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry festival in the world.

6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio
SS2: Post-Butoh Festival Showcase
Eight contemporary Butoh artists from around Chicago, the country and the world use this post-war Japanese art form as a jumping off point for innovation, revealing the mystery of the live moment through contemporary dance. Performers include Vangeline Theater, Sara Zalek, Darrell Jones and Alessandro Pintus.

7pm, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Sones de México performs ¡Que Viva México!
Mexican folk sextet, Sones de México creates and performs a unique original score for the 1930s film ¡Que Viva México! produced by Upton Sinclair. Produced by CIMMfest.

 7pm, Chicago Art Dept, 1932 S. Halsted St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Listen Local Urban Music
Featuring O’My’s, Netherfriends, Martin $ky and Garrett David. Produced by The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.

 8:15pm, Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Kartemquin Films-produced documentary Almost There is a coming-of-(old)-age story about 83-year-old Peter Anton, an “outsider” artist living in isolated and crippling conditions, with filmmakers Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky. Produced by CIMMfest.


3pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Cedille Records Celebrates 25 Years of Recording Chicago’s Classical Musicians
Cedille Records presents a concert in honor of its 25th anniversary showcasing four performances – the Avalon String Quartet, Gaudete Brass, Fifth House Ensemble and INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song featuring Patrice Michaels – that represent Chicago’s vibrant contemporary classical music community.

6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio
SS2: Post-Butoh Festival Showcase
Eight contemporary Butoh artists from around Chicago, the country and the world use this post-war Japanese art form as a jumping off point for innovation, revealing the mystery of the live moment through contemporary dance. Performers include Vangeline Theater, Sara Zalek, Darrell Jones and Alessandro Pintus.

For more information on these events, visit

CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, coinciding over April 16-19, 2015, is a showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets and other programs showing what movies and music mean to each other.

The Recording Academy®, internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards, is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. The Academy’s Chicago Chapter works closely with many established music and arts organizations and has become an integral partner in the Chicago and Midwestern cultural communities.

Please join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LakeFXChicago. To plan your trip to Chicago for the Lake FX Summit + Expo, visit

The Lake FX Summit + Expo presented by Google is organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and co-produced by CIMMfest and The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter. Event sponsors include Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader and Splash; Virgin Hotel Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, WGCI and V103.

Lake FX Co-Producers and Sponsors 
City Seal, City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel    DCASE, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

For the Curious: More about Butoh

Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, SSII: Post Butoh Fest
Koichi and Hiroko Tamano

Doing some research in preparation for SSII: Post Butoh Festival coming up, I came across this very concise list of essential concepts in Butoh. I tend to use these concepts in my own teaching, and so I am contacting Florencia Guerberof, who compiled the list. She is carrying out an ongoing investigation on Butoh movement, and I am curious as to how it is going. She shares these Essential Concepts simply: 

The empty body does not move intentionally. It is rather moved by something. The body is a blank canvas subject to infinite transformations. The body is a black charcoal absorbing the light. “What is expressed should not be something that a dancer tries to display. A dancer should concentrate on absorbing.”  Nario Gohda from Yukio Waguri’s site:   

The desublimated body. Decay is the dance of the living organisms. We stand in between life and death. The beauty of fading out in dance. Different ways of vanishing. Snow melts, a rain of cherry tree petals falls and the moon hides by quarters.

Beauty in the horror of the grimace. The distorted, the uncanny and the grotesque. The coexistence of the painful and the pleasant.

The Inside. Movement emerges from a remote zone which hides in the darkness of our own body.

The unleashed body. Movement without thinking in the search for the body’s own unconscious impulses.

The Avant-Garde body. Fragmentation and dissociation. Influence of modernist art in dance. The hands, the face and the feet going their own separated ways. The mask.

The power of the gaze in dance. From a particular gaze a  determined way of  walking flourishes. Eyes migrate through different body parts. The empty eyes. The whole body as a big eye. Seeing through the other senses. I see with the soles of my feet. To see becomes to feel.

The ground. The worshiped surface from which everything originates.

Presence. Practice one’s own existence into space. Carrying one´s own body weight.

Connecting with the outside. The ego melts into space. Becoming the universe.

The other. Internalizing different beings and their existence. Transforming from one state into the other. Female and male energy, animal spirits, animated and inanimate objects.

Sensing. To sense the essence of things generating movement from our relation with different materials, textures, atmospheres, temperatures,light and darkness.

The space in between. Importance of the invisible space between things. Air circulates around  hidden joints and cavities. The space can become small. Hands can turn diminutive. The smallest detail makes a big difference. Subtlety and delicacy.

RELEASE: SSII at Lake FX SUMMIT April 18-19

SSII, A Post-Butoh Festival at FX Summit held in the Dance Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center April 18-19. The festival features free workshops, performances, and discussions by Hiroko and Koichi Tamano (Berkeley, CA), Alessandro Pintus (Italy), Michael Sakamoto (Iowa City, IA), Vangeline Theater (NYC), Antibody Corporation (CHI), Ginger Krebs (CHI), Carole McCurdy (CHI), Mitsu Salmon (CHI), Darrell Jones (CHI) among others.

One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression. According to CLAUDIA LA ROCCO in the New York Times, “People tend to think of Butoh in terms of aesthetic markers: white body paint, shaved heads, slow movement gained through intense muscular control, and a way of manipulating the body that is at once beautiful and grotesque, tragic and absurd. Influenced by German Expressionism, it tends to be imagistic rather than narrative. But while these elements often appear, defining Butoh in stylistic terms is dangerous…Butoh is no one thing, but it always has, at its center, a fragile transformative spark. You can’t always describe it, but you know it when you see it, and you know when it’s missing.”01 - Rubedo - Photo by Simona Toncelli

SSII is curated and organized by Sara Zalek, butoh dancer, choreographer and teacher. In April 2014, Zalek curated Spawned Seeds: A Post Butoh Festival, in December Vangeline Theater, and hosts Tadashi Endo at The Old Town School of Folk Music in June. The artists she curates are internationally or locally renowned for their innovative use of butoh in performance. “There is a growing interest in Butoh–the invocation of transformation and the mystery of the live moment. Experiencing Butoh first hand is the best way to understand how and why Butoh is thriving now.”

This year’s Summit will explore the theme “Improvisation and Innovation”. In the spirit of this, the creative leadership of The Second City, the Chicago improve comedy giants will present lessons from their book Yes, And about improving creativity and collaboration. Lake FX Summit + Expo is a FREE event and open to anyone interested in the creative industries. Free registration will be begin in early March. The event is presented by Google, organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and co-produced by CIMMfest and The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter. Event sponsors include Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader and Splash; Virgin Hotel Chicago, and many more.

“Chicago’s creative community is one of this city’s greatest assets,” says DCASE Commissioner Michelle Boone. “We’re always looking for new opportunities to support their efforts and industries and to leverage their expertise.”

For more information about the Summit, visit


Decenber 6-8pm Film screenings + Butoh Discussion


present, transient
by Piibe Kolka

‘present, transient’ studies rhythms between a city and a body. A body that perhaps has left its social layers for a moment. And a city that can be surprised. This is an exploration performed and observed that involves a butoh dancer, a white skirt, an eye and a camera, an ear and a microphone, changing light, sounds and materials, numerous trajectories, objects and passersby.

Performed by Vangeline
Filmed, directed and edited by Piibe Kolka
Sound recording by Danielle Chu

Piibe Kolka is a filmmaker from Estonia, currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. Her work combines interests in personal storytelling, ethnographic film and audiovisual experimentations. She has studied cultural anthropology in Estonia and documentary media and film at The New School in New York. She is currently working as a freelance film maker in NYC. She has worked on independent film productions and performance projects in Estonia, Latvia, France and USA.

Her filmography includes “present, transient” (experimental film, 2014), “Soundationists International” aka “So I…” (audiovisual happening, 2014) “540 nanometers” (short documentary, 2012),

“The Experimenter” (assistant editor, 2014, dir Michael Almereyda, in post production), “In Sound” (co-author, 2011),  “On the River of Memories” (assistant producer, 2011).

ghostsScene from Delusions of Grandeur
by Lauren Beck

Lauren Beck is a filmmaker and visual artist who lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from the University of Chicago and has exhibited her work at spaces including the Suburban, Regina Rex, and Gavin Brown’s Passerby. She is currently completing her first full-length film, “Delusions of Grandeur,” which features choreographed sequences by Sara Zalek.

Friday and Saturday Program

5th Vangeline MichaelBlaseCARDFIFTH OF BEETHOVEN
Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata- Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed and Choreographed by Vangeline

Music: Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67, first movement, conducted by Gothenburg Symphony and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel; Yoichiro Yoishikawa, Jean Renoir, Georges Van Parys, Patrick Bruel
Costume by Todd Thomas

Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (NYC), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century. She was born in Burgundy, France and moved to New York in 1993. Vangeline’s choreographic work spans performance on stage and in film and has been performed throughout the US for the past 10 years. Her work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and LA Weekly to name a few. Time OUT Chicago named Vangeline’s, “one of the best Dance Visits of 2011.” Since its inception in 2002, the Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh with the aesthetics of 21st century film noir. The Company’s unique style, which might be described as “Butoh meets film noir,”  is informed by Vangeline’s extensive training with Butoh Masters, including Tetsuro Fukuhara, Yoshito Ohno, Diego Pinon and Katsura Kan.

Vangeline is a regular guest Butoh teacher at universities such as Cornell University, New York University, and Brooklyn College. Recent invitations include a series of classes at Brown University in 2014 and a teaching residency at Princeton University in 2016 (Princeton Atelier). She is the founder of the 7-year running, award-winning program “Dream a Dream Project”, which brings Butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York City. Vangeline is currently in collaboration with the Marina Abromovic Institute and Neuroscientist Suzanne Dikker, exploring the intersection of Butoh and Neuroscience.

Between Worlds
Performed and choreographed by Sara Zalek
Music: Meredith Monk, “Evening”; The Daoist Music Orchestra of the White Cloud Daoist Temple in Beijing China, “Music for the Heavenly Worthies”; Nina Simone, “Feeling Good”

Between Worlds is an evolving work, which through the lens of Butoh, examines the rules of execution of three forms:  dance, theater, and performance art. Juxtaposed and woven together, this hybrid form disorients and entices the audience to follow
Hermaphrodite down a path between life and death, a place where dancing with spirits might actually happen.

Sara Zalek is an artist obsessed with time travel, experimental science, hybrid animals, permaculture, and the intentional act of transformation. Inspired by the likes of Hijikata, Kazuo Ono, Yoko Ono, Pina Bausch, and David Bowie.

Engaging otherness as it relates to transformative power, Sara uses Butoh training, drawing, object-making, and poetry as starting points. Her creative endeavors are specifically crafted to ignite dialog with the public with unexpected encounters; using risk, often with humor, and an intentional focus on that moment when the self is limitless potential.

Performed and Choreographed by Eli Halpern
Music: Ryoji Ikeda

Eli Halpern is a bitumen: a bit of business, a bit human. He records his lives bit by bit through performance. Eli co-organizes the New Room performance series and, with the Impossible! Collective, is participating in the LinkUp residency culminating next spring at Links Hall.

This presentation is provided with special thanks to the following beautiful people:
Vangeline,Chris Zalek, Aurora Tabar, Geoffrey Guy, Laura Andrea Peterson, Brooke Underwood, Catherine Yanes, Holly Chernobyl, Adam Rose, Jose Hernandez, Laura Goldstein, Kevin Simmons, Eli Halpern, April Noga, Carron Little, Stephanie Lupu, Wanda Jin, Allyson Esposito, Anne Kasdorf, Jason Greenwald, Lauren Beck, Rachel Ellison, Bryan Saner, Ginger Farley, Ayako Kato, Outerspace, High Concept Labs, Mana Contemporary and all you people there to witness.


Admiring Hijikata

Vangeline Performs it LIVE  @HCL December 5 & 6 8pm!

Eli Halpern debuts strain1, and Sara Zalek will open with Between.

RSVP to purchase tickets at the door

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Eventbrite - Vangeline Theater Workshop & Performance

Vangeline Coming to Chicago


Vangeline is back in Chicago this Fall to teach a Butoh workshop and perform her wildly acclaimed FIFTH OF BEETHOVEN. Vangeline’s approach is well informed by numerous Butoh Masters and her style is unique. Her workshops provide an opportunity to explore and move deeply into an embodied process, awakening lost parts of the human being, exploring all human qualities to transform our dance, our daily life and offer creative energy to the community.

Registration and Info
More about Vangeline

Yumiko Yoshioka – Chicago


“Body Breaks,Butoh Breakdancing and Beyond”, Chicago 2006

We are so excited to have Yumiko back here in Chicago, 8 years ago I met her, and her energy is curious, impish, extraordinary. Dance with us April 9-13 @Outerspace!