About the Artists

Yumiko Yoshioka. In the early seventies and eighties, she was a member of the first Japanese women’s Butoh dance company, ARIADONE. In 1978, she performed with Ko Murobushi and Carlotta Ikedain ” Le Dernier Eden ” (in Paris), a first Butoh performance outside of Japan.From 1988 to 1994, she was an active member of German – Japanese dance theater company ” tatoeba – THÉÂTRE DANSE GROTESQUE ” with Minako Seki and delta RA’i. In 1995, Yumiko founded the art-formation group ” TEN PEN CHii art labor ” with visual artist Joachim Manger (Germany) and music composer, Zam Johnson (USA). TEN PEN CHii resides at schloss broellin (Castle of Broellin), International Art Research Location, situated in utmost northeastern part of the former East Germany.

Yumiko researches the interactivity between dance, space and visual art, moving away from conventional Butoh dance. She explores new zones in body works and performing arts in her collaborations with Joachim Manger and other artists.

TEN PEN CHii has created a number of works, such as “Brown Shadows” (1995)” N. YOiN ” (1996),” DA-PPi ” (1998), ” i-ki, an interactive body dance machine ” (1999), ” Test Labor ” (2000) “Minus Alpha” (2002), “Furu- Zoom” (2005), “ SU-i ” (2006), “Waku Déjà Vu”(2007), “KET-SUI”(2008), “Bi-KA”(2010), “YOKU-BOU” (2012) Each of which won the highest acclaim in the interdisciplinary art scene.

Besides international tours with performance and workshop throughout Asia, Europe, Oceania and North・South America, she is also an art director of ” eX…it ! Butoh Related Art Exchange Project ” (since 1995 – present) along with delta RAi, in which more than 100 artists and dance students from all over the world join.

Adam Rose is the Artistic Director of Antibody Corporation, a mission based organization specializing in mind/body integration.  Adam makes work from the standpoint of a theoretical Antibody — an amorphous body that evades conceptual, genre, and formal categories.  Since 2009, Antibody Corporation has presented works spanning dance, performance art, film, and music, in Chicago as well as nationally and internationally.

Ginger Krebs has been creating, curating, performing and directing movement-based performance projects since 2005.  Her work probes the problem of being embodied and wonders at the body as our means of redemption.  She is drawn to butoh for the potential it offers for intimacy, transformation and “bad behavior”.

Krebs has presented work recently in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Links Hall, The Cultural Center, The Dance Center of Columbia College, The Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, and The Hyde Park Art Center.  Her current project, Soft Parade, will premier in Chicago on April 4th and 5th, 2014, at the Auditorium Theater’s Katten/Landau studio.  Krebs’s work has been supported by the Illinois Art Council, the Audience Architects’ New Stages for Dance Initiative, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum.  She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Performance and Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches studio courses in performance and time arts.

Julie Becton Gillum has been creating, performing and teaching dance in the US and internationally for over 40 years. She currently teaches modern dance, performance art, and butoh at Warren Wilson College and co-directs The Asheville Butoh Festival with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre. Since 1997, Gillum’s primary form of artistic expression has been butoh. She has created and presented major pieces in the genre, at a variety of venues in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Cuba and Mexico. Gillum was awarded the 2008-09 NC Choreography Fellowship and used the funds to go to Japan for three months to study butoh at the source.

Jose Hernandez (ROSE) is a Chicago‐based artist. Drawing from elements of dance, performance, theater, music, and ritual he explores the spaces that border between the body, fantasy, queer invention, and religious practice in search for transcendence in  a post-millenial  landscape. Jose attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2008). He has presented work in Chicago at Defibrillator Gallery, S+S Project, Sullivan Galleries, Garbage World, Happy Dog, Berlin, The Hideout, Aldo Castillo Gallery, and New Capital. He has also exhibited work at Oliver Francis Gallery (Dallas), Aux Performance Space, and Little Berlin (Philadelphia). He has performed and collaborated with artists Antibody Corporation, Ginger Krebs, La Spacer, Gel Set, Eileen Doyle, and Heather Lynn. Currently he is collaborating with artist Jonathan Sommer as B!TCH3Z Drinking Project, a conceptual post-bar drinking project for tomorrow’s neosexualle.

Andrew Braddock was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Ohio. He has created performances in ChicagCopy of Stump1 (1)o, Asheville, New Orleans, and New York City, where he now lives. He attempts to make work that is Country Strong and understands the human body to be an object among objects. Recently, he spent a month in residency at the Wassaic Project.

halloween (1)Holly Chernobyl. From Seattle to Berlin, and now Chicago, Holly Chernobyl has been a working artist for over a decade. Her mediums varying from spoken word to puppetry, vocal and musical performance, and most recently butoh. Holly has performed at many Chicago spaces such as Links Hall, Hamlin Park, New Capital, Templehead and Defibrillator Gallery. In addition to creating solo performance work and dancing in butoh pieces with Carole McCurdy & Sara Zalek, she has worked with a talented array of Chicago artists, including Antibody Corporation & Heather Lynn. She works with elementary age children and practices witchcraft.

Stefanie Cohen is a multidisciplinary artist and educator with an extensive background in theater, movement, dance improvisation and somatic education. Her performance work has been produced at Mobius, Boston; Links Hall, Chicago; Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica; Diavolo Performance Space, Los Angeles; Dance Theater Workshop studio, NYC; Railyard Performance Center, Santa Fe; Purdue University and The University of Michigan. She holds a Masters in Dance and Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire in England, a BA in Theater from Brandeis University and is registered as a Somatic Movement Educator through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Her writing has appeared in The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices; Contact Quarterly; The Crazy Wisdom Community Journal; and in Encounters With Contact, published through Oberlin University.

Corey Gearhart holds an MFA in Performance from the Art Institute of Chicago, from which he received the merit scholarship and had also completed his BFA; and participated in the Goat Island Summer School. His performance, installations and drawings have been curated into the Assembly Gallery/The Courtyard, Glasgow, Scotland; The Blue Rider Theater, The Spareroom, Gallery Augusta, Links Hall, Club Lower Links and Drive-Thru Studios, in Chicago; SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids, MI; The Ann Arbor Art Center; and the Duderstadt Video Studio at the University of Michigan. His video work has toured Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Through their partnership, Upended Teacups, their collaborations – evocative, visually rich performances, videos, movement works and durational, site-oriented installations – explore the inner lives and fantasy worlds of everyday objects and activities. They have performed and taught together at Dance New Amsterdam, NYC; Links Hall, Chicago; Sidewalk Festival and Performance Laboratory, Detroit, MI; SiTE: LAB, Grand Rapids, MI; Purdue University, Indiana; in improvisational dance retreats across the mid-west; and at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Andrea Peterson is a hunter gatherer.  She has received Butoh and Flamenco training in the United States, New Zealand, Spain, and Mexico.  She has been training in the vein of Flamenco under the tutelage of Wendy Clinard at Clinard Dance Theatre for over 3 years and seeks to inject Butoh in her training when available here in Chicago.  She finds the internal training of both movement practices to reciprocate her understanding and support her vocabulary in communicating the unspoken.  She has collaborated with Palo a Palo, Antibody Corporation, With Lime Productions and has been performing solo work since 2012.

Nicole LeGette blushing poppy productions, is the epicenter for butoh activities in Chicago and the Midwest advocate and resource, performer, teacher, curator and producer. Ms. LeGette’s performance has been presented in the US, Mexico, Indonesia and Japan. Although primarily a solo performer, she regularly collaborates with musicians and other dancers/artists, as well as develops ensemble works for theater, dance, and performance. In 2009, Ms. LeGette began collaborations (on-going) with Renee Baker’s Chicago Modern Orchestra Project and in 2010 with Mana Hashimoto (visually-impaired dancer/choreographer); also with Dai Matsuoka, member of Sankai Juku and co-founder of LAND Productions. Since 2000, Ms. LeGette has trained extensively with master butoh artists in Japan, Mexico, Canada, and the US including; Yoshito Ohno, Natsu Nakajima, and Diego Piñón.

She has also investigated multi-sensory, image-based, embodied movement practice for the elderly and people with mobility, cognitive, and sensory impairment through training,performance, collaboration and research (since 2007). In 2012, Nicole was awarded a DanceBridge Residency at the Chicago Cultural Center following a 3Arts Fellows-Ragdale Residency in 2011. Other awards include; Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist (2007-2008), Chicago Dancemakers Forum Mentor Artist (2011), numerous grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (CAAP + NAP, 2002-2011) and Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance (2007).

Copy-of-sara-zalek_photo-leicester-mitchell25Sara Zalek is a multidisciplinary artist, currently producing and curating performances, workshops, and weekly movement classes in Chicago. Her departure into the body as art is rooted in Butoh training, a place where two Japanese dancers created a hybrid movement form that has spread and regenerated across cultures and generations. Inspired by Hijikata, Pina Bausch, David Bowie; fluxus and expressionism; obsessed with time travel, shamanism, permaculture, and the dynamic act of transformation; she is committed to acute listening, fierce artistic collaboration, and developing deep connections with butoh communities globally.

Formerly an adventure traveler, yoga instructor, and self-taught artist, Zalek arrived at SAIC in 2003 and earned her second bachelor’s degree along with an award for leadership three years later. She has received CAAP grants in 2007 (Ghost in the Machine) and 2009 (designer for Nicole LeGette), the LinkUp Residency with Aurora Tabar in 2012, and has performed in over 50 unique collaborations and solo works at venues nationally, including Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Hamlin Park, Links Hall, Defibrillator Gallery, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Dance Theatre Workshop (NY), Merce Cunningham Studio (NY), Headwaters Theater (PDX), and her home.