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Embodying the Spirit

September 26/27 6-9:30pm $50 per night, $90 for both
@Outerspace!! 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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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.

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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:


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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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Proudly presenting at LAKE FX Chicago 2015

Lake FX Chicago 2015 Presented by Google

Lake FX Summit + Expo
April 16-19 




8pm, The Mid, 306 N. Halsted St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Lake FX Kick-off Jazz Showcase
Featuring Next Generation, The Fox & The Hounds and Lili K. with visual projections by Liviu Pasare of Stoptime Live Productions

A trolley will leave the Harris Theater for Music and Dance following the 5:30pm LAKE FX Keynote Address. Produced by CIMMfest and The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.


10am-1:30pm, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Fender Ballroom
DJ JESSE De La Peña spins between programs

12pm, Millennium Park, (weather location Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio)
Wired Fridays featuring DJ Sundance
Wired Fridays presents electronic dance music and local world-famous DJs in a mid-day dance party setting.

6:45pm, Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Revenge of the Mekons
A screening of the feature documentary about Punk’s reigning contrarians with director Joe Angio, band member Jon Langford and singer Sally Timms. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, 1st Ward/Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Buster Keaton Goes to Bollywood
Buster Keaton’s Seven Chances gets a trip to Bollywood with Saraswathi Ranganathan and Dominic Johnson of New Millennium Orchestra. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, Chicago Art Dept, 1932 S. Halsted St.
A large-scale video installation by Edyta Stepien and Chuck Przybyl wraps the entirety of Chicago Art Dept east gallery while experimental short films by local artists run in the west gallery. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Can’t Be Satisfied
A screening of the documentary following Muddy Water’s rise from Mississippi farmhand to Blues legend, with filmmaker Robert Burns. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Listen Local Gospel & Blues Music
Featuring Tone Ross, Reggie Royal & Judah, Ryan Booker, Dave Herrero and Davy Knowles
Produced by The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.

Evening Showcases and Performances


10am-1:30 pm, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Fender Ballroom
DJ Sadie Woods spins between programs

6pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Young Chicago Authors Showcase
A performance by members of Young Chicago Authors (YCA), an organization cultivating artistic voice, developing critical thinkers and empowering youth to be civically engaged through programs like Louder Than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry festival in the world.

6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio
SS2: Post-Butoh Festival Showcase
Eight contemporary Butoh artists from around Chicago, the country and the world use this post-war Japanese art form as a jumping off point for innovation, revealing the mystery of the live moment through contemporary dance. Performers include Vangeline Theater, Sara Zalek, Darrell Jones and Alessandro Pintus.

7pm, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Sones de México performs ¡Que Viva México!
Mexican folk sextet, Sones de México creates and performs a unique original score for the 1930s film ¡Que Viva México! produced by Upton Sinclair. Produced by CIMMfest.

 7pm, Chicago Art Dept, 1932 S. Halsted St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Listen Local Urban Music
Featuring O’My’s, Netherfriends, Martin $ky and Garrett David. Produced by The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.

 8:15pm, Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Kartemquin Films-produced documentary Almost There is a coming-of-(old)-age story about 83-year-old Peter Anton, an “outsider” artist living in isolated and crippling conditions, with filmmakers Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky. Produced by CIMMfest.


3pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Cedille Records Celebrates 25 Years of Recording Chicago’s Classical Musicians
Cedille Records presents a concert in honor of its 25th anniversary showcasing four performances – the Avalon String Quartet, Gaudete Brass, Fifth House Ensemble and INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song featuring Patrice Michaels – that represent Chicago’s vibrant contemporary classical music community.

6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio
SS2: Post-Butoh Festival Showcase
Eight contemporary Butoh artists from around Chicago, the country and the world use this post-war Japanese art form as a jumping off point for innovation, revealing the mystery of the live moment through contemporary dance. Performers include Vangeline Theater, Sara Zalek, Darrell Jones and Alessandro Pintus.

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CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, coinciding over April 16-19, 2015, is a showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets and other programs showing what movies and music mean to each other.

The Recording Academy®, internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards, is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. The Academy’s Chicago Chapter works closely with many established music and arts organizations and has become an integral partner in the Chicago and Midwestern cultural communities.

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