Tadashi Endo in Chicago June 24-28

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Tadashi Endo presents IKIRU-Réquiem para Pina Bausch at the Old Town School of Folk Music on June 24, followed by workshops June 25-28 for beginning and advanced students at the Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park.

June 24, 8pm
IKIRU-Réquiem para Pina Bausch
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N Lincoln Ave
DETAILS AND TICKETS

June 25-28
MA Workshops

Outerspace, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave
DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

This project is supported in part by 3Arts, only if the $5,000 goal is reached by June 15. Donate now to make it happen!

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On the Town: Chicago Tribune

Featured in On the Town in the Chicago Tribune On the Town, Chicago Tribune

Quote “I compare butoh to figure drawing. A good artist leaves open areas, because the mind can fill in what’s happening. Butoh does that a lot: It allows people to fill in the gaps with their own memories and associations.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/dance/ct-butoh-dance-preview-20150414-column.html

For the Curious: More about Butoh

Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, SSII: Post Butoh Fest
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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.

RELEASE: SSII at Lake FX SUMMIT April 18-19

SSII, A Post-Butoh Festival at FX Summit held in the Dance Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center April 18-19. The festival features free workshops, performances, and discussions by Hiroko and Koichi Tamano (Berkeley, CA), Alessandro Pintus (Italy), Michael Sakamoto (Iowa City, IA), Vangeline Theater (NYC), Antibody Corporation (CHI), Ginger Krebs (CHI), Carole McCurdy (CHI), Mitsu Salmon (CHI), Darrell Jones (CHI) among others.

One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression. According to CLAUDIA LA ROCCO in the New York Times, “People tend to think of Butoh in terms of aesthetic markers: white body paint, shaved heads, slow movement gained through intense muscular control, and a way of manipulating the body that is at once beautiful and grotesque, tragic and absurd. Influenced by German Expressionism, it tends to be imagistic rather than narrative. But while these elements often appear, defining Butoh in stylistic terms is dangerous…Butoh is no one thing, but it always has, at its center, a fragile transformative spark. You can’t always describe it, but you know it when you see it, and you know when it’s missing.”01 - Rubedo - Photo by Simona Toncelli

SSII is curated and organized by Sara Zalek, butoh dancer, choreographer and teacher. In April 2014, Zalek curated Spawned Seeds: A Post Butoh Festival, in December Vangeline Theater, and hosts Tadashi Endo at The Old Town School of Folk Music in June. The artists she curates are internationally or locally renowned for their innovative use of butoh in performance. “There is a growing interest in Butoh–the invocation of transformation and the mystery of the live moment. Experiencing Butoh first hand is the best way to understand how and why Butoh is thriving now.”

This year’s Summit will explore the theme “Improvisation and Innovation”. In the spirit of this, the creative leadership of The Second City, the Chicago improve comedy giants will present lessons from their book Yes, And about improving creativity and collaboration. Lake FX Summit + Expo is a FREE event and open to anyone interested in the creative industries. Free registration will be begin in early March. The event is presented by Google, organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and co-produced by CIMMfest and The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter. Event sponsors include Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader and Splash; Virgin Hotel Chicago, and many more.

“Chicago’s creative community is one of this city’s greatest assets,” says DCASE Commissioner Michelle Boone. “We’re always looking for new opportunities to support their efforts and industries and to leverage their expertise.”

For more information about the Summit, visit LakeFXChicago.org.

PRESS RELEASE: PR-POSTBUTOHFESTIVAL2015

Listening to the Bones: The Body as Instrument and Offering

One Night Only Butoh Workshop by Seattle Butoh artist Vanessa Skantze
@2130 W. 21st Street, 6-9pm just $30. RSVP to butohchicago@gmail.com to attend!

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The body dancing Butoh asks of itself absolute presence and utter surrender. In Listening to the Bones, Vanessa will guide a revelation of the body as instrument through the practice of deep listening and becoming other. Creating a space of curiosity and trust while fostering intense physical/mental focus, the workshop will: facilitate awareness of the concurrent structural and energetic alignment of the body; explore limits of flexibility and strength, speed and stillness, instability and ground; work in pairs to develop listening beyond the skin; and invoke imagery to be absorbed into the body– creating the offering of Butoh dance.

“Butoh is a corpse standing straight up in a desperate bid for life” Tatsumi Hijikata

“To translate the invisible wind through the water it sculpts in passing”. – Robert Bresson

Vanessa Skantze is a Butoh artist and teacher of yoga and dance from Seattle. She has performed in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years. She co-founded New Orleans sound/movement ensemble Death Posture in 2002, and collaborates with many renowned musicians including Jarboe and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Skantze has trained with Jinen Butoh founder Atsushi Takenouchi since 2003, and performed with him in the U.S. and Europe. Since coming to Seattle in 2004 she has created numerous ensemble works under the name Danse Perdue as well as solo pieces. In 2013 she taught as part of Lydia Lunch’s Post-Catastrophe Collaborative. In 2014 her work ‘Radiant Poison” was performed by a quartet of dancers at the UWABE festival in Asheville, N.C. She is currently touring a new work, ‘Metempsychosis’, to original sound by Kris Force.

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 ❤

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Yumiko Yoshioka – Chicago

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“Body Breaks,Butoh Breakdancing and Beyond”, Chicago 2006

We are so excited to have Yumiko back here in Chicago, 8 years ago I met her, and her energy is curious, impish, extraordinary. Dance with us April 9-13 @Outerspace!