Typically on First Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm Next Classes: March 7, April 4, May 2, and June 6 at Volta Performing Arts, 2142 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647 $10/class
In these butoh-inspired movement classes we’ll work with specific pressure points (throat, jugular, sternum, femoral artery, instep…) and the twin impulses to protect (make a beetle of oneself), and to roll over and show your belly. We’ll also experiment with breath, “porousness” and yielding to gravity in order to invite swooping and acceleration, on the one hand, and steady, continuous movement, on the other. All skill levels welcome!
Ginger Krebs is a dancemaker, performer, and visual artist whose work has been shown recently in Chicago at the Chicago Artists Coalition, Loyola University, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hyde Park Art Center, and site-specifically at a traffic island in Wicker Park. Much of her movement suggests potential energy: the quivering of a body managing, defying, preparing for, or avoiding, rather than progressing decisively through space. Some inspirations for her new project, Escapes and Reversals, include wrestling, drone warfare, Swan Lake, and an instructional video that explains how to debone a chicken. Krebs is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Performance and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
TWO EVENINGS OF BUTOH TRAINING September 26/27 6-9:30pm $50 per night, $90 for both @Outerspace!! 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. Register online
Embodying the Spirit: Butoh Training with Joan Laage
Experience training methods towards a supple body and mind, and investigate aesthetics common to Butoh through creative explorations. This workshop is a process of erasing and re-creating the body through guided improvisation largely inspired by nature imagery. ETS explores endless questions: What is life? What is the human condition? What is the body? How can we experience infinity within the body/mind? The workshop structure includes exercises and explorations of physical body, nature body, and transforming body. Group and partner work will facilitate participants’ individual and collective journeys. The workshop draws from her training with Butoh Masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa and her background as a Tai Chi practitioner and professional gardener.
Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh) studied under butoh masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa and performed with Ashikawa’s group Gnome in Japan in the late 80s. After settling in Seattle in 1990, she formed Dappin’ Butoh, a company known for its appearances in Seattle’s fringe theater and dance festivals. Joan has performed and taught at national and international butoh and dance festivals, and was a featured artist at the UCLA Butoh Symposium in May 2011, and has been an adjunct faculty at Cornish College of The Arts (Seattle). She is featured in Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, And Japan and Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy by Sondra Horton Fraleigh. She performs frequently at the Seattle Japanese Garden where she is a docent. Joan is known as a NW butoh pioneer, and is a founding member of DAIPANbutoh Collective which produces an annual butoh festival in Seattle. www.seattlebutoh-laage.comwww.daipanbutoh.com
April 5-30 Workshops, Performances, Screening & Dinners throughout the month of April
bat-tle: Friction caused by entities who disagree, collide, or conflict
When called to Battle, where do we stand? In resolution? Rebuke? Revenge? Each performance this year features artists exploring the concept of Battles and alternative possibilities.
International Guest Artists
I’m delighted to welcome artists Ken Mai (Finland) and Mari Osanai (Japan), and Paul Michael Henry (Scotland) teaching workshops throughout the month.
April 5-9 Mari Osanai Noguchi Workshops (REGISTER)
April 14-15 Paul Michael Henry Butoh Workshops (REGISTER)
April 26-30 Ken Mai Butoh Workshops (REGISTER)
Performances and Screenings (more TBA):
April 8 Battles #1:Preparation at No Nation Gallery (RSVP)
April 15 Battles #2:Warat The Learning Machine (RSVP)
April 22 Reparations co-curating with In/Habit Roving Performance Art Series more TBA
April 29 Battles #3:Return at the Japanese Culture Center (RSVP)
**EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE MARCH 20** FESTIVAL PASSES FOR ALL EVENTS (REGISTER)
Local and Visiting Artists
Including Kiam Marcelo Junio, Wannapa P-Eubanks, Cristal Sabbagh, Holly Chernobyl, Carole McCurdy, Efrén Arcoiris, Adam Rose and April Lynn, //interference, Peter Redgrave, Alba Soto, Pepper Pepper and More
Stay tuned for more events that will be co-curated with In/Habit Performing Art Series, including film screenings, dinners and talks. This year, we are proud to be fiscally sponsored by Antibody Corp. Your tax deductible donation is sincerely appreciated, so contact me if you have food, beverages, or money to support our performing artists. Donate kindly, here
Stay tuned for the latest updates and full calendar of events~ and I look forward to meeting you on the dance floor. BATTLE IT OUT to lift us all UP.
There are a few more days to catch the Early Registration Deadline for Yumiko’s Workshop April 21-24! Purchase full immersion tickets for $185 until April 7 at 6pm, or use the code: 34rlyb1rd for 10% of individual day ticket sales. More information about the workshop here: https://butohchicago.wordpress.com/yumiko-in-spring/
April 2, 12-3pm. One Day Only Workshop at Columbia Dance Center
This three hour workshop and conversation delves into contemporary Butoh thought and artistic practice. Visiting Butoh dancer and scholar Michael Sakamoto leads a two hour movement workshop followed by a conversation with Columbia Dance Center faculty and dancer Darrell Jones to enlighten us on their individual approaches to presenting Butoh within contemporary performance practice. Come prepared to move and reflect. All levels welcome! RSVP for this free workshop ASAP. Class size is limited to 24.
Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar active in dance, theatre, performance, media and photography. His solo, ensemble and visual works have been presented in 14 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
Currently touring “Flash,” a butoh/hip-hop duet with Rennie Harris, Michael is also developing “blind spot,” an intermedia performance and book project integrating discourses around the body, media imagery and intellectual property, and “Soil,” a dance theater trio with performers from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam/USA. Michael’s research and performance interests include contemporary imaginings of the butoh-based “body in crisis,” corporeal and mediated embodiments of self-reflection and social resistance, and performing the cultural commons and cultural sustainability. From 1994-2000, he was also a featured soloist in the Rachel Rosenthal Company.
Michael holds an MFA in Dance and PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, is former Co-Director of Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program and currently serves as Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Iowa.
Darrell Jones has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka and Ralph Lemon.
Along with performing Darrell continues to choreograph and teach. He has collaborated with other choreographers (Paige Cunningham, Lisa Gonzales, Damon Green, Angie Hauser, JSun Howard, Kirstie Simpson, Jeremy Wade), writers (Cheryl Boyce-Taylor), musicians (Jessie Mano, Brian Schuler, Justin Mitchell) and designers (Mawish Syed) in dance films, documentations and interactive multimedia installations. In addition to his collaborative work he continues to work in solo forms and has choreographed for professional and student ensembles (The Seldoms, University of Colorado, Univeristy of Illinois).
Darrell has received choreographic fellowships from MANCC, CDF (Chicago Dancemakers Forum) and is a two time Bessie award recipient for his collabrative work with Bebe Miller Company and his most recent research in (e)feminized ritual performance.
Darrell has also taught workshops and master classes in dance technique and improvisational processes throughout the United States and in other countries such as South Africa, UK, and South Korea. Darrell is presently a tenured faculty member at at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago where he teaches classes in dance techniqe, performance and improvisational practices. His classes are informed by his training and studies in a variety of contemporary dance techniques and Traditional Dance forms.
To truly awaken the body is a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual process. Every Butoh Ritual Mexicano workshop involves high-impact aerobic training, active meditation, and guided improvisation, all embraced within a sense of communal ritual. The collective physical training consists of stretching, shaking, jumping, low-level groundwork, balancing, partnering, weight sharing, impulse exchange, bodywork, bioenergetics, breath expansion, and transpersonal communication. Active meditation exercises are introduced to quiet the mind and awaken originative, non-reactive impulses for organic movement. Guided improvisations then give participants the opportunity to integrate this newfound sensory awareness within their physical body, environments both internal and external, and the shared workshop space.
Diego Piñón’s teachings are the distillation of his extensive research in body-based energy methodologies he has developed since 1975. Butoh Ritual Mexicano is primarily derived from Diego’s Mexican heritage with traditional energetic practices and Japanese butoh under the guidance of Kazuo Ohno, Yoshito Ohno, Min Tanaka, Natsu Nakajima, among others. Diego’s extensive artistic research includes modern dance technique, contemporary movement and theater practice, and therapeutic body modalities. He performs and teaches throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico using Butoh Ritual Mexicano as a means to transform personal and collective divisions through the dancing body and to cultivate a deeper connection to our shared humanity.
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: http://www.otsukimi.net/koz/e_yw_antho.html
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.