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April 9-11 Secret Rivers

3 days of Body Resonance
with Yumiko Yoshioka

APRIL 9-10-11, 2021
FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY

On Zoom (listed below in Chicago, Honolulu, Tokyo time)
Friday in Chicago 8-9:30pm; Honolulu 3-4:30pm; Tokyo 10-11:30am
Saturday in Chicago 8-9:30pm; Honolulu 3-4:30pm; Tokyo 10-11:30am
Sunday in Chicago 8-9:30pm; Honolulu 3-4:30pm; Tokyo 10-11:30am
**MAKE SURE TO FIND TIMES ACCORDING TO YOUR TIME ZONE. USE THE WORLD CLOCK**

Register in advance using this link

Workshop Content:
*Release exercises, inspired by Noguchi Taiso (Gymnastics), Taichi and Yoga
*Breathing exercises
*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, somewhat crouched, yet reaching toward us, the viewer, in a vibrant red dress, her hands splayed palms facing down and out in front of her. Her mouth is open and her eyes wide in surprised or terrible or wonderful thing. Her black hair whirs forward, stirred by the wind of her movements.

A Message from Yumiko:
“I call my dance approach (or my body work) “Body Resonance.”

The world, including our body and soul, consists of vibrational waves that create constant resonances like echoes. When we tune our body to a certain frequency, we consequently get a resonance, and according to the frequency, we get different resonances. In order for this to happen, we need to first get rid of unnecessary tension.

Butoh (dance) for me activates divergent body energies that are usually not seen or permitted in our daily life. In other words, as our body is a receptacle of time, we can evoke its forgotten memories through dance.

Butoh has the intensity to trigger that process, because it creates heat through friction and cold through stillness. The transformations and concentrations of dancing break up the eggshell of form, melt down our armor of ego, as our stiff cells and sealed memories float in the primal liquid of time. Through a dialogue with our body, we learn not how to move, but to be moved. Consequently we realize that we are a part of the Universal, the wholeness.

My workshop, hopefully, can offer a help to enjoy that transformative /transcendental process of our entire presence.”

Contact sara@saratonin.com if you have questions about this workshop.

Take a trip on the way back machine to:

Read Scapi Mag’s online review by Danielle Levsky. Bridge Dance Festival on April 25, 2018 at Links Hall in Chicago.

Yumiko Yoshioka
Dancer, choreographer, teacher, art director.


Yumiko Yoshioka is a Japanese Butoh dancer and choreographer from Tokyo. Since 1988 she has been based in Germany. Yumiko is a former member of Ariadone, the first female Butoh company, which was founded by Ko Murobushi and Carlotta Ikeda in 1974. In 1978, she performed with Ko and Carolotta in Paris, LE DERNIER EDEN – PORTE DE L’AU-DELA, the very first Butoh performance to be presented in a public theatre outside Japan. In 1988 she met Minako Seki and delta RA’i in Berlin, with whom she founded tatoeba THÉÂTRE DANCE GROTESQUE. This experience, along with work with the Butoh dancer Kim-Itoh, encouraged Yumiko to start to unfold her own personal style of dancing and choreography.

In 1989 she also started to develop and teach her own form of bodywork. The approach became a pillar of her career as a reflection of her profound understanding of the importance of deepening consciousness of the body, not only in order to dance and express, but also to illuminate our daily life, opening ourselves to the deeper layers of our inner world and rediscovering a subtle beauty in each moment. The strength of this perception led her to create her own method of bodywork, called “Body Resonance”

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Desert Turtle

Mitsu Salmon
Butoh Workshop Series

February 27th – March 20th, Saturdays at 11am PST
Visit Rogers Art Loft to Register

Mitsu Salmon will lead a Butoh, Japanese contemporary dance, workshop. We will work with guided imagery, movement and structured improvisation. The workshop draws from aspects and the trainings of Butoh and interweaves them with visions and textures of the desert from cacti to fission. The class will start with Noguchi exercises, which foster an experience of the body as water with the goal of encountering and releasing the body. Once our bodies and imaginations are opened, we will go into movement prompts. We will roll around in the sand, embody turtles and eat sour plums. Our bodies will become water seeping into cracks of rocks and ice creating ancient land formations. We will pull from imagery connected to animism, geology and physics. Students are welcome to modify exercises based on their comfort and inventiveness. The series works well together but also fine do drop-in. All levels welcome and please wear comfortable clothing.

Week 1

In week one, we will have a quick introduction to Butoh and Noguchi, looking at the history of the dance form and learning warm-ups. From there we will imagine rolling through various landscapes such as desert, ice and rock to embody land formations. We will explore various energies as connected to sensation and movement such as electric, nuclear and fission. We will then be introduced to brush walking (suri ashi), a meditative form of traditional butoh walking.

Week 2

In week two, we will start off again with the Noguchi warm-up. Looking at the writing of Kazuo Ohno, one of the founders of Butoh, we will dive into plant (desert and other) improvisation. We will explore ideas of ancestors and the environment. We will then be guided through layered imagery starting with a grandma eating plums to becoming a turtle. 

Week 3

In week three, we will build upon the Noguchi warm up. We will then work with Kazuo Ohno prompt connected to family, the desert landscape and rain. We will then review brush walking. From there we will look at explosive energy and physical and emotional release.

Week 4

In week three, we will build about the Noguchi warm-up. I will then introduce examples and ideas of mythical creatures. From there we will be guided through one’s own imagery of mythical creatures. There creatures will then interact with one another whether through battle, dance or dream.

+++ CHECK THESE OUT TOO +++

Artist Talk February 12th at 6pm PST

Performance March 26th at 6pm PST

For more information, visit Rogers Art Loft

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20/20 foresight

Yumiko Yoshioka, 100 Years of Solitude, Links Hall, April 25, 2018. ©Photo by Meghan Strell

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
Workshop Calendar:

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 butohchicago@gmail.com 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

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Tadashi Endo Butoh-esque

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. 

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May Butoh Non festival !

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:

May 1-4 Yuko Kaseki, Frontier in body, @OuterSpace Studios Register here

Friday, May 3 Yuko Kaseki, Shoot Geez My Gosh, @No Nation Tangential Unspace Gallery, 7pm Purchase tickets

Friday May 10 Jon Poindexter, Holly Chernobyl & Sara Zalek, The inside is not different than the outside@Museum of Surgical Science, 530pm Purchase tickets

Sunday May 12, 12-4pm Holly Chernobyl, Body + Imagination Workshop @OuterSpace Studios Register here

May 25-31 Tadashi Endo, Butoh Intensive Workshop/Performance Opportunity @OuterSpace Studios Register here

Friday, May 31 HAUTNAH, Student Performance, @OuterSpace Studios, 7pm Purchase tickets

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Prepare Butoh Flowers, for May

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?

Register for workshops Early:

May 1-4, 2019
Yuko Kaseki / Frontier in Body
Butoh Workshop
(REGISTER)

May 25-31, 2019

Tadashi Endo / Hautnah 
Butoh Workshop and Student Performance
(REGISTER)

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Embodying the Spirit

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.com www.daipanbutoh.com

Please direct any questions to butohchicago@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest!

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Early Registration Deadline Extended!

Yumiko YoshiokaThere 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/

 

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BUTOH NOW

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.

BUTOH NOW: Michael Sakamoto and Darrell Jones
BUTOH NOW: Michael Sakamoto and Darrell Jones

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.

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Diego Piñón Workshop Sept 19-20

11864901_1470035176654868_5135690362953008800_oTo 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.

Diego is hosted by Ginger Krebs, TICKETS AND INFO HERE