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.


Ready, Set….

Vangeline alights here tonight! Oh, so excited, truly! For three years in a row, Vangeline has braved the Chicago cold and led us in excruciating and exhilarating training, bringing us closer to ourselves and to each other. We still have space in the evening workshops on Wednesday and Thursday, meaning you should totally come! Consider it a present to yourself ❤


Transformation II – November 18, 2014, Part IV of V

Practice, practice


First Half

Talked about Muscles of the Back, looking at drawing by Irene Dowd:

(In the order of the most superficial to the deepest one)

First Layer: Trapezius
Second Layer: Latissimus Dorsi
Third Layer: Levator Scapulae & Rhomboids
Forth Layer: Posterior Serratus – Ups & Lower Fibers
Fifth Layer: Splenius Capitis & Cervicis
Sixth Layer: Erector Spinae: Spinalisspinalis capitis, cervicis, thoracis/dorsi (click the forth image from the top in the center); Longissimus; Illiocostalis
Seventh Layer: Upper Most Superficial Transversospinalis (semispinalis capitis, cervicis, thoracis/dorsi)
Eighth Layer: Next Deeper Transversospinalis: Rotatores (longus & brevis), Multifidi
Ninth Layer: Deepest Transversospinalis & Sub-Occipitals: Sub-Occipitals, Intertransversarii, Interspinales
Tenth Layer: Quadratus Lumborum

Special feature:

Then, from standing position, I introduced very basic Klein technique roll down/up and bouncing, and my very beginning of gyroscope plane awareness exercise. Since we moved with awareness to the back muscles, the exercises become more effective. More gravity on…

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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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Et…. fusion.

Everywhere Butoh.


Festival Butoh Off, Basel


Là, c’est l’instant T…. La présentation… De mes films Eidôlon et Chair de peau (skin quivers), puis de la performance avec le danseur Valentin Tszin, accompagnés de la musique de Philippe Alioth… Biensûr le trac. La peur. D’être mal perçue par les puristes du Butoh, car je n’en suis pas une. De puriste. Amatrice, oui.


Mes vidéos sont des interprétations. Des métaphores, des trucs hybrides. Des témoins de ces moments haute voltige, avec des danseurs exceptionnels. Qui m’ont transportée, par leur gestes, par leurs dons… Pour moi, la danse Butoh est la faculté d’emmener le spectateur ailleurs, de transformer l’espace, le temps. De tout changer. Tout.

La performance live, c’est cela. Un saut dans le vide. Ou une apnée.

Je ne sais pas ce que va faire le danseur. Et pourtant, mes vidéos l’accompagnent, le soutiennent, ou s’effacent devant sa chorégraphie, car lui, est en avant…

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Discount pricing available- Register before Thanksgiving


Vangeline is getting super excited to come work with us! Register before Thanksgiving to receive super discounted rates. We look forward to dancing with you..and, for those of you that would just rather watch, come see us perform live on Dec 5 & 6, or see some films we are working on and talk to us about Butoh and its impact on our practice Dec 8.

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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.

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Fall Sessions

BB-2014Join us for the fall sessions of Butoh Body. There are now 2 opportunities every week!

Every Sunday @Outerspace 12-2pm, and Monday nights 6-8pm @HCL, MANA Contemporary.

Beginning with breath work primarily, we locate our breath in our bodies and together create a generous mindbody space to explore new ways of being. We spend time writing/drawing to formalize and ritualize the ideas that come forth, and perform short vignettes for each other to solidify and share our discoveries. Come dance your heart out~


July 12 12-4pm Outerspace

Somatics and Scores

Learn to bring your most vibrant internal sensations to a lively connected performance!

In this workshop Annie Rudnik and Sarah Gottlieb approach somatics through the lens of performance. They will guide dancers to sense deep layers of internal connection and ease of movement with Feldenkrais and Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals.  Participants will learn to integrate inner/outer focus with internal impulses by exploring the role of the witness and will cultivate choice-making methods through improvisational score building.