Yumiko Yoshioka BODY RESONANCE

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

Eventbrite - Yumiko Yoshioka - 2018 Chicago Workshop

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
Dancer, choreographer, teacher, art director
Born in Tokyo, residing in Germany since 1988

More about Yumiko.

Thanks to our partners for helping to make it happen ❤

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Body Tales – Jakob Maché

Based on the assumptions of various cultural traditions and neuroscience, this workshop aims at awakening old trans-generational memories buried in our bodies and let our bodies narrate it with its own gestures. Our focus lies hereby on our center, the enteric nervous system controlling our bowels, which acts like our brains autonomously. In order to deeply connect with ourselves and our dancing partners through our collective unconscious, we employ Katsugen Undo exercises, fundamental floor work from contact improvisation, atomic shakes and other techniques.

Friday, March 2 3-6pm
Saturday, March 3 12-3pm
@OuterSpace Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Eventbrite - Body Tales. Jakob Maché

Registration $36/day, or $65 for both days.

The workshop is open to anybody who is ready to explore the whole depth of our existence. Jakob will also be performing at a ONE NIGHT ONLY event March 3 at Elastic Arts, Chicago, Yelling at the Dark!

Jakob Maché was born in Vienna, visiting Chicago for the very first time. Since 2012, he has been teaching workshops in contact improvisation in Austria, France, Germany, Nigeria and Benin. He received his training from teachers like Adalisa Menghini, Jörg Hassmann, Nancy Stark Smith, Anzhelika Doni, Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Frey Faust and in Butoh from Minako Seki, Yuko Kaseki, Imre Thormann, Yumiko Yoshioka, Natsu Nakajima, Masaki Iwana, Ken Mai et Yoshito Ohno. Recent collaborations involve Michael Schmacke (Fake Masters, Berlin), Lynda Ait Amer (Berlin) et Mex Schlüpfer at the Volksbühne Berlin and Illuminate Theatre (Lagos).


Community Dance Classes

Led by Ginger Krebs

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

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.


Ginger Krebs, Oct 1 & 8

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.

Embodying the Spirit

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!

Butoh Workshop Recommendations

SS 3 PROMOArtistsEarly Registration Deadlines extended until March 25, so register now to save some bucks! We have been getting so many questions about which workshops to take, its so much information to take in, I just want to give you my brief recommendations based on your expressed interests. All of the workshops are four hours per day, and we recommend you bring clothes that are comfortable for moving in, a journal, water, and snacks as you need, like fruit or nuts. Take as many days in a row as you can for the richest experience. 

Mari Osanai‘s training will focus on water-body exercises, a way to discover the body’s vital energies rooted in its inherent hydrodynamics. This workshop is ideal for those interested in the healing arts and tension releasing techniques to increase mobility in the joints and fascia. Dancers, teachers, healers, this is a moment to learn from a Master level teacher of Noguchi gymnastics with over 25 years of experience. This is the first of its kind workshop in Chicago! Workshops April 5-9 at the Japanese Culture Center, Register here

Paul Michael Henry is a radical punk activist from Glasglow, who themes include dealing with neglect of the body, destruction of the environment and atrophy of the soul in consumerist society. He performs, curates festivals, and organizes workshops with Master level teachers from around the globe. His workshops are focused on The Dreaming Body, and is open to all body types and needs. Ideal for Pilsen and Bridgeport communities, as it will be held at High Concept Labs/MANA Contemporary on Throop. Two days only, April 14-15, Register here

Ken Mai is local Butoh teacher and performer Holly Chernobyl’s favorite, and is making his first ever US tour possible! There is a deep spiritual quality to Ken Mai’s teaching, with 16 years of experience in a Zen monastery, years working with Kazuo Ohno (founder of Butoh), Yoga teacher training from India, Noguchi gymnastics from Japan, and more. Go super deep with Ken Mai ❤ Quite active on FB, so friend or follow him to see what they are getting into! Workshops April 26-30 at the Japanese Culture Center, Register here

Check out Festival Passes for ALL or SOME OF EACH for the most immersive experience!

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.


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 ❤