Frontier in Body

Butoh Improvisation Workshop with Yuko Kaseki
May 1-4, 2019

Photo: sigal eschkol

Origin of you is full of miracles.

Dig and cultivate body as a frontier to find out untapped field of emotions, memories and sensations… Research each of body parts in detail, in order to reconnect.

Observe habits of movement in social functions and challenge yourselves out of the comfort zones. Disorder is a way of creativity to find new avenues of physical awareness.

The workshop’s emphasis is to develop original movement through body awareness, sensitivity and also helps discover hidden dynamic energy.

Physical training is based on Noguchi gymnastics, elements of Tai-Chi Dao-yin and Butoh methodology. We practice for the whole body to be permeable and awaken deeper layers of sensitivity. We try to find the center of our body (Tanden), which is our energy source. Listening honestly to the variants of inner and develop this in relation to the outer.

The workshop offers the possibility to seek and experience in solo, duet and group improvisations with image, element, space, and relationship. Through intensity and reduction everyone can dive deeply into stillness/movement and translate it into individual manifestations. It is important for each person to find one’s own unique body, physical reality and exposure of existence.

Yuko Kaseki is director, choreographer, Butoh dancer, performance artist, improviser and teacher, based in Berlin. She teaches and performs in solo and ensemble pieces and improvisations through out 26 countries. These works are poetic and vivid images that incorporate the spirit of Butoh, performance and live art. Her performance aims to reflect the outsider’s existence. Various International collaborations include inkBoat (SF), Tableau Stations (SF), CAVE (NY), Poema Theatre (Moscow), Salad Theater (Seoul) and more. She is also a key collaborator with mixed ability artists including Theater Thikwa (Berlin).

Workshop Calendar May 1-4, 2019:
@OuterSpace Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Wednesday, May 1, 6-9pm;    
Thursday, May 2, 6-9pm;   
Friday, May 3, 12-3pm;
Saturday, May 4, 1-6pm;
Total: 14 hour workshop

$225 for full workshop, approximately $16/student hour, 1-3 day options available. Register Here

This workshop does build every day, but our lives and schedules may not allow for complete immersion. Come to as many as you can, and we welcome all curious bodies! The space does have a long set of stairs however, so regrettfully is not wheelchair/handicapped accessible. Student/volunteer discounts available upon request and availability. Contact for details.

Performance: Friday, May 3, 7pm

@NoNation Gallery & Tangential Space Lab
Concept/ Choreography/ Sound collage/ Dance: Yuko Kaseki
Music: Sounds from YouTube and Kazuhisa Uchihashi
Light design: Asier Solana
Costume: Kahori Furukawa
Photo: Dadaware, Sigel Eschkol

This butoh dance performance is inspired by Henry Darger’s fantasy world that juxtaposes innocence with violence. Sounds from real battles found on the Internet are contrasted with iconic corporeal movements that represent innocence. The work attempts to pose a question to the feeling of ambivalence towards systematic violence of belief that imposes powerlessness, and simultaneously reminds of brutal terror that characterizes our epoch.

The birth to kill
Build to break down
To be erased
To be pasted
The invisible enemy
Imperceptible voice
The other side of the filter
The inside of the monitor
In order to be fooled
In order to deceive
Endless game of
The world

Performance History:
12 February 2017 Concarino, Sapporo, Japan
8 December 2016 Casa Del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico
27-28 July 2016 Gati Dance, New Delhi, India
3 – 6 December 2015 DOCK11, Berlin, Germany
16 October 2015 KRT Festival, Krakow, Poland
4 September 2015 Huashan 1914, Taipei, Taiwan
23 – 26 April 2015 DOCK11, Berlin, Germany
15 March 2015 Sala Crisantempo, Sao Paulo, Brasil
15 Nov 2014 Tatwerk, Berlin, Germany

Yuko Kaseki is brought to you in partnership with Sara Zalek, ButohChicago, and OuterSpace.