Now, we are at home. Let’s find coziness, joy, playfulness and bliss in our body. Our body is our real home, the home we hold within.
April 21 : We have a tail !!
Our tail initiates our movement and we get impulse from it.
April 22 : Body as Water bag !!
Water never moves by itself, water reacts from impulse! Water has all the qualities, it becomes soft when you swim, it might be a nice shower on the skin, sometimes a big wave pushes you or a strong water jet hits your back.
April 23 : Body as Point / Isolation Robot
Isolation based on wave. Isolation and wave sound like a contradiction. You will see today how we can make a bridge between these two phenomena:)
April 24 : images are twisted and duplicated / Picture of Francis Bacon
How is your body moving, going through a narrow door?
We will enter from daily movement into 100s of imaginary doors and rooms. Through imagination we will bring our body towards a magical world.
April 25 : Intention / Where is the blue bird?
Your intention emerges from your will! You want to drink a cup of coffee, and your body intents to do such a movement. We will start moving step by step, until reaching the dance of micro and macro cosmos
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please try to find a quiet, spacious and isolated place for this practice, according to the space you can enjoy these days:) Make sure your microphone is MUTE, and your video is ON. Click on the SPEAKER VIEW, to have Minako in the big picture.
By joining Minako Seki Online Workshop , you declare being in a good shape and being responsible for your own safety. Please be gentle with yourself:)
Donations: This workshop is donation based. In an effort to support my work during these challenging days, please consider making a donation. Our suggested donation is 10 € per class. I will be more than grateful to receive even higher donations if you can afford it 😉 Thank you so much for your support!
With sadness, and with a terrific need to respond in some way. Not knowing words, or combinations of words for these feelings, clearly in transition, as we are.
The much planned for Butoh Between Festival for May 2020 has been cancelled. All programming at OuterSpace is also cancelled until further notice. Our international artists have stopped travel plans. We are going dark so that we may transform, to find our present in the purpose of community and survival. We will communicate as we can, and urge you to share in ways that nurture generosity and open heartedness toward every one of us.
Wishing you health & sanity during a most surreal time.
We encourage each other to support feeding and housing our local communities. To remain engaged, and responsive to each situation. To trust that our body/mind will know how to respond. To cultivate self practice, mindfulness, and respect for all beings.
“Like what we know of the virus so far, we are uncommitted to anything particular. We mutate with the times.”
PLAN AHEAD for upcoming May Butoh Situation. This is our annual push to work deeply with experienced international teachers, to absorb deeply from a fresh perspective, to come together in the dance, the feeling, the continual transformation of learning, being actively curious, and empowered problem solvers. TO THRIVE
20/20 BUTOH BETWEEN FESTIVAL Minako Seki April 29-May 3 April 29/30 Wed/Thurs 6-10pm May 2/3 Sat/Sun 12-6pm
Yumiko Yoshioka May 6-10 May 6/7 Wed/Thurs 6-10pm May 9/10 Sat/Sun 12-6p
Mari Osanai May 20-24 May 20/21 Wed/Thurs 6-10pm May 23/24 Sat/Sun 12-6pm
REGISTRATION PRICES: Approximately $14/student hour, daily options thru festival pass options available soon. The most affordable as possible. These workshops do 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 REGRETfully it is not wheelchair/handicapped accessible.
Student/volunteer discounts available upon availability. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details or question.
Performances on Fridays in April and May Doors open 7-10:30pm, performances begin 7:30pm @OuterSpace Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 May 31 LAST NIGHT IN OUTERSPACE PERFORMANCES BY MANY MANY MANY
REGISTRATION LINKS COMING SOON
LO/NO TECH Performances as Farewell Fridays (artists & curators TBA) Fridays in May: 1, 8, 15, 22, && FINAL FINAL SHOW ON SUNDAY MAY 31
A rare and beautiful treat! Tadashi Endo leads six days of choreographic workshops and with a final performance open to the pubic May 25-31. If you are even slightly Butoh curious, flow your juices over to OuterSpace studios on May 31 to see us perform. If you want to just dip your toe into the Butoh training, or can’t commit to the entire week, consider trying one or two classes to see what you discover.
We will focus on recovering, finding the space between things, discovering new patterns, new imaginations, new sensations, while encouraging continued growth in each of our bodies. When Tadashi Endo is teaching, he gives a deep view into Butoh philosophy and speaks to what Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata were thinking and where we can find inspiration for our own work. Tadashi Endo lets us search for our own Butoh.
HAUTNAH means close to the skin. The audience will sit very close, be strong and present. During the workshop, Tadashi will not rehearse exactly what your dance will be, but he will give you time and space for you to research yourself under his guidance.
Are you ready? Early registration deadline quicky approaching for Yuko workshop, Frontier in Body, and many other opportunities to see and experience butoh / butô liveliness in Chicago!Short calendar of events:
Yuko Kaseki / Frontier in Body Tadashi Endo / HAUTNAH
Celebrating five years as an ad-hoc passion project, Butoh Chicago is proud to present disillusion/dissolution, a Butoh non festival in May, 2019. We will feature performances, workshops, and informal gatherings around Butoh for the month. Join us, won’t you?
Body Resonance The body as a receptacle of time. A dance of metamorphosis inevitably appears.
The main focus of this workshop is a conscious research in the unification of our body/mind/soul, so that we can deeply enjoy the intrinsic process of metamorphosis through the spirit of dance. Through a continuous exploration of our past collective memories, we can strike a vein of abundant creative resources, enriching the essence of our life.
Body resonance is a key to opening up the doors of an ever-changing world inside and outside ourselves, which helps the body to unfold its secrets, holding them up until they shine and tremble. Everything is in resonance with each other. Through a dialogue with our body, we can learn to be moved by inner and outer forces, thus realizing we are a part of the Universe.
@ Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
2018 Workshop Dates:
Thursday/ Friday April 19/20, 12-5pm
Saturday April 21, 1-7pm
Sunday April 22, 5:30-9:30pm
*Release exercises, inspired by Noguchi Taiso (Gymnastics), Taichi and Yoga
*dynamic training for the flow of energy
*Butoh-related work to activate our universal memories (sensitization, combination of image and movement with antenna exercises such as figure of 8, water ball, animal, insect, snake, witch and fairy, the creatures inside us, hanging body, walking, dialogue with a partner etc)
*structured improvisation, free association
Yumiko Yoshioka Dancer, choreographer, teacher, art director
Born in Tokyo, residing in Germany since 1988
Welcome Ginger Krebs back to Sundays Butoh Body class! As part of the OuterSpace Soft Opening, this weeks class is FREE. Welcome your dark side to the dance 12-2pm, October 1 (free), Oct 8 ($15 drop-in, Butoh Body class cards, or NEW OuterSpace Frequent Flyer Cards.
From Ginger, “We’ll work with rhythm, sometimes letting ourselves being carried by continuous loops, and at other times working against rhythm to discover new and surprising ways of moving.
We’ll explore the impulses to provoke and to protect, finding inspiration in our lives and in lesser known predator-prey dynamics.”
Ginger Krebs has been creating, performing and directing multi-disciplinary performance projects since 2005. Her work has been presented recently in Chicago at The Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Artists Coalition, the Storefront Theater, and the Hyde Park Art Center. She was awarded a MAP Fund grant for innovation in live performance in 2015, and her 2016 performance, Buffer Overrun, was chosen for the Chicago Tribune’s Best dance of 2016. Krebs is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Performance and Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.gingerkrebs.com
What lies beneath our surface, what creature to we keep submerged in dark waters?
Join us at Butoh Body for the next two Sundays with guest teacher Efrén Arcoiris.
Efrén has prepared a series of exercises they learned from the brilliant teacher Mari Osanai, to allow us to feel the natural flow of water through our bodies. A guided journey through clear streams, gentle rains, storms, bogs and mires to vast oceans. Says Efrén, “I will bring my training as a reiki master teacher to this session, with an intention for us to move though stagnant energy and rejuvenate ourselves through our collective dance.”
Efrén Arcoiris is an artist, performer, healer and teacher living in Chicago, Illinois. Arcoiris’ performance practice draws from studies in Butoh, as well as various healing modalities and ritual structures. They approach performance as an opportunity to mediate the relationship between self and universal and to dissolve these boundaries. Arcoiris brings their sculpture practice to their movement work, employing object’s symbolic meanings and associations to weave a story through dance. Efren has performed at various locations in Chicago including: Links Hall, Dfbrl8r, High Concept Laboratories, 2nd Floor Rear Festival and has performed and shown internationally in Mexico City at the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico curated by S+S Project and Perras del Museo. Currently Arcoiris recently debuted “Odessa” with their performance collective Burning Orchid, which premiered at Links Halls in April. Efrén Arcoiris earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher.