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 LakeFXChicago.org.

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Decenber 6-8pm Film screenings + Butoh Discussion

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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).

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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

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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.

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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.

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Vangeline Coming to Chicago

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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.

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Yumiko Yoshioka – Chicago

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“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!

Spawned Seeds

April 9-13   Wednesday – Sunday

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@Outerspace
1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park

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5 day workshop with Butoh artist Yumiko Yoshioka. Any one day or full participation is available. Dates, fees and registration information here.  Berlin based artist and body resonance teacher. Yomiko is a first generation Butoh performer, who trained with Hijikata (a founder of Ankoku Butoh). She has taught and performed Butoh internationally for over 30 years.

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April 11-12  Friday & Saturday 6:30 pm
@Dance Studio, Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St, Loop

Performances and performance lectures by Yumiko Yoshioka (Berlin), Nicole LeGette (CHI), Andy Braddock (NY), Adam Rose (CHI), Julie Becton Gillum (NC), Holly Chernobyl (CHI), Jose Hernandez (CHI), Upended Teacups-Corey Gearhart and Stefanie Cohen (DETROIT), Ginger Krebs (CHI), Andrea Peterson (CHI).

Zac Whittenburg

April 13 Sunday 6:30pm
$10 suggested donation

@Den Theater, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park

Panel discussion with Zachary Whittenburg (@trailerpilot) and the artists on Sunday night.