About Butoh Chicago

Butoh Chicago started as a spark of an idea, a passionate attempt to make something more collectively shared, with specific regard and respect for the tradition of Butoh. This persistence of raising an awareness of the art and philosophy of Butoh as it continues to grow and expand, created a space for Butoh Chicago to begin a works-in-progress arts organization attempting to renegotiate terms of exchange not based on hierarchies or normative behavior, but with tenable respect for a culture of inclusivity, of all nations, creeds, and gender. We accept our flawed attempt at embodiment of fully realizing ourselves as honorable. We are human, and we are forever curious about our (in)humanity. Bringing a sense of collective positive behavior to all we do.

“We built this city on rock and roll” Starship / Jefferson Airplane

One by one, we have made a triptych of “post-butoh” festivals over 3 years, Spawned Seeds April 2014, SS2 in April 2015, and SS3: Battles in April 2017. These workshops, performances, and gatherings continue to gather energy and momentum, and we are learning to deepen our roots even as new leaves emerge.

Through weekly classes and ongoing opportunities for training, performance, and collaborations, we bring a sense of community to the outsider artists, for we are in fact, outsiders ourselves. We are most often misunderstood and caught up in the unwinding. We are in fact, improvising as we go, and realize ourselves to be capable of change at any moment, using our intuition, our sensations, our creative passion.

We thank many for support and donations and sponsorship and simply all the help.

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