July 25 & July 2 Efrén Arcoiris leads BB

Efren ArcoirisWhat lies beneath our surface, what creature to we keep submerged in dark waters?

Join us at Butoh Body for the next two Sundays with guest teacher Efrén Arcoiris. 

Efrén has prepared a series of exercises they learned from the brilliant teacher Mari Osanai, to allow us to feel the natural flow of water through our bodies. A guided journey through clear streams, gentle rains, storms, bogs and mires to vast oceans.  Says Efrén, “I will bring my training as a reiki master teacher to this session, with an intention for us to move though stagnant energy and rejuvenate ourselves through our collective dance.”

Efrén Arcoiris is an artist, performer, healer and teacher living in Chicago, Illinois.  Arcoiris’ performance practice draws from studies in Butoh, as well as various healing modalities and ritual structures.  They approach performance as an opportunity to mediate the relationship between self and universal and to dissolve these boundaries.  Arcoiris brings their sculpture practice to their movement work, employing object’s symbolic meanings and associations to weave a story through dance. Efren has performed at various locations in Chicago including: Links Hall, Dfbrl8r, High Concept Laboratories, 2nd Floor Rear Festival and has performed and shown internationally in Mexico City at the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico curated by S+S Project and Perras del Museo.  Currently Arcoiris recently debuted “Odessa” with their performance collective Burning Orchid, which premiered at Links Halls in April.  Efrén Arcoiris earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher.

Cristal Sabbagh, Guest Teacher

Sundays June 11 & June 18
Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park
12-2pm

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Cristal Sabbagh, photo by Ji Yang

“How do you enter the stage in honesty, in a pure state of expression? It depends on the state of truth the body can reach—integrating the joy to move as well the pain to survive” Diego Pinon.

Cristal will be guiding and collaborating with the group a number of techniques to break out of habit, awaken the senses, and to cultivate deeper connections. She’ll use an interdisciplinary approach that will incorporate abstract drawings, organic sounds, guided words, and movements to further link participants to their creative energy.

Cristal Sabbagh is an art educator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, a fine artist, and interdisciplinary movement artist. Her work is motivated by a multitude of areas such as: film, culture, history, death/rebirth, hip-hop, butoh and improvised sound. In Cristal’s performances her goal is to organically transform her body, & display authentic emotion. Butoh has allowed her to connect to memories, her ancestors, and to her spirit. In essence she’s expanded her consciousness and she’ll continue to bring forth more offerings to her audience. Cristal is part of Marie Casimir’s Djasporas dance collective, which performed at the Instigation Festivals in Chicago and New Orleans, the Instigation Orchestra. She is also currently in a dance collective with Wannapa P Eubanks, called Body Strata, which develops works alongside Renee Baker’s Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Cristal has studied with many butoh masters: Daisuke Yoshimoto, Katsura Kan, Kayo Mikami, Natsu Nakajima, Koh Morobushi, Tadashi Endo, Yumiko Yoshioka, The Tamanos, Ken Mai, and Diego Pinon.

Read more about Butoh Body Sunday Open Classes

 

Battles#3: Spoils & Return

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Japanese Culture Center
1016 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago
Doors open 7pm
Donations kindly accepted
RSVP here: https://battle3.eventbrite.com/

Featuring:
Ken Mai
Holly Chernobyl
Kiam Marcelo Junio
Allen Turner

“The spoils of war have included the defeated populations, which were often enslaved, and the women and children absorbed into the victorious country’s population.”

“The Spoils of war have included the defeated populations, which were often enslaved, and the women and children absorbed into the victorious country’s population.”  (Wikipedia) A time where loot and lives were taken and often worn in the name of some country, some warlord, some king, still exists in us.  We deeply know violence and oppression, it lives and breathes in our bodies. Is it possible to transform our trauma, for our pain to become our teacher?

To reframe our Return, what victory do we celebrate? Do we not still embody old paradigms of winners and losers, the oppressors and the oppressed? For these suspended moments, we might release this tension, to find any small space for empathy to rise.

Do we know how to live without war? Without claiming our own lives more important than the lives of others? We accept the truth of our answer.

This night, we attempt to embrace both Ourselves and the Other, our shadow and our light. In preparation for the next.

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!

Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival

SS 3 PROMOArtistsApril 5-30 Workshops, Performances, Screening & Dinners throughout the month of April

bat-tle: Friction caused by entities who disagree, collide, or conflict

When called to Battle, where do we stand? In resolution? Rebuke? Revenge? Each performance this year features artists exploring the concept of Battles and alternative possibilities.

International Guest Artists
I’m delighted to welcome artists Ken Mai (Finland) and Mari Osanai (Japan), and Paul Michael Henry (Scotland) teaching workshops throughout the month.

Workshops:
April 5-9 Mari Osanai Noguchi Workshops (REGISTER)
April 14-15 Paul Michael Henry Butoh Workshops (REGISTER)
April 26-30 Ken Mai Butoh Workshops (REGISTER)

Performances and Screenings (more TBA):
April 8 Battles #1:Preparation at No Nation Gallery (RSVP)
April 15 Battles #2:War at The Learning Machine (RSVP)
April 22 Reparations co-curating with In/Habit Roving Performance Art Series more TBA
April 29 Battles #3:Return at the Japanese Culture Center (RSVP)

**EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE MARCH 20**
FESTIVAL PASSES FOR ALL EVENTS (REGISTER)

Local and Visiting Artists
Including Kiam Marcelo Junio, Wannapa P-Eubanks, Cristal Sabbagh, Holly Chernobyl, Carole McCurdy, Efrén Arcoiris, Adam Rose and April Lynn, //interference, Peter Redgrave, Alba Soto, Pepper Pepper and More

Stay tuned for more events that will be co-curated with In/Habit Performing Art Series, including film screenings, dinners and talks. This year, we are proud to be fiscally sponsored by Antibody Corp. Your tax deductible donation is sincerely appreciated, so contact me if you have food, beverages, or money to support our performing artists. Donate kindly, here

Stay tuned for the latest updates and full calendar of events~ and I look forward to meeting you on the dance floor. BATTLE IT OUT to lift us all UP.

Jan 22 & 29 Wannapa P-Eubanks

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Wannapa can make any space magical with her spriteful ways. I am honored she will teach our regular Sunday Butoh Body at Outerspace Studios from 12-2pm January 22 & 29. Even if you can’t make it, I recommend spending some time with her work, and looking for her performance in April’s Butoh Fest too. Says she, “I’d love for these 2 workshops to provide us an intimate open space where we as a community can share our stories through movement by reconnecting our body and minds, and to be able to express our inner outwardly. Sparking an environment in which our bodies can respond honestly to our deeper thoughts. Each and everyone of us can create our own language using Butoh as our rosetta stone.”

Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks is a Butoh Artist, movement coach, and actor. Her venues include Goodman Theatre, Raven Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, The Athenaeum Theatre, Victory Garden Theatre, MCA, Links Hall, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Access Living, and many more… She was chosen to be showcased for Dance/USA showcase 2011 at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Her experience is also including a Thai Dialect Coach (King & I at Stage 773 for Porchlight Music Theatre). Wannapa has recently been part of Laura Crotte’s theatre group to present the “Day of the Death” show for students in Chicago schools. She is an ensemble member of Body Strata collaborating with Renee Baker, Artistic Director/Music Director of Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. She is also a company member of Erasing the Distance, a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health. Wannapa has recently conceived and produced Through My Daughter’s Eyes as part of the 2016 PopUp Series for Erasing the Distance by collaborating Theater, and Butoh in the work. She has taught Butoh workshops such as Butoh workshop for actors at Collaboraction Theatre Company, Halcyon Theatre, and individuals artists/actors as part of movement coaching. Wannapa has studied with many Butoh masters: Natsu Nakajima, The Tamanos, Yumiko Yoshioka, Katsura Kan, Akira Kasai, Tadashi Endo, and Sankai Juku.

More of her works, please visit URL: http://wannapa12.wix.com/wannapap-eubanks or https://www.linkedin.com/in/wannapapeubanks

Productive Disruptions

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Ginger Krebs leads Butoh Body for the next two Sundays (Dec 11 & 18)!
She offers: Productive Disruptions

In the workshops on December and 11th and 18th we’ll productively disrupt our habits
of speed, vision, and balance, in order to cultivate exceptional qualities of embodied movement. Movement puzzles will challenge us to take up space and direct our focus outward, while experiments with vision and slowness will help cultivate sensitivity to inner space. We’ll dial up, down, outward and inward, to find the evocative, unfamiliar “wobbly” zones where living, responsive dance happens.

Butoh with a Hip Hop Bent

2-day Dance Theater Intensive with Michael Sakamoto
November 19 Saturday 12-5pm
November 20 Sunday 2-6pm
@REUNION 2557 North Avenue Chicago, IL

Eventbrite - Body/Mind/Funk/Time

good-mpw_shashin0184This 2 day workshop and conversation with Visiting Butoh dancer, Michael Sakamoto, delves into contemporary Butoh movement and thought, incorporates Hip Hop culture, and engages philosophic discovery. He teaches movement and dance theater fundamentals, butoh-based techniques, and image exercises, using his Hip Hop influence to guide the workshops.

Come layered up to be warm and stay cool. Some movement experience or practice is recommended.

Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist active in dance, theatre, media and photography and one of the leading butoh-based performers in the USA. Dedicated to nurturing intercultural dialogue and cultural sustainability through performative and visual methodologies, Michael creates choreographic and narrative performances, media works and photo essays designed to challenge audience assumptions and reveal diverse experiences across geography, language and social boundaries. His works have been presented in 14 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America, including at REDCAT, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance Center of Columbia College-Chicago, TACT/Fest Osaka, UCLA Fowler Museum and many others. He has also received support from numerous national and international funders, including the New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, Japan Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Meet the Composer, DanceUSA/James Irvine Foundation, Arts International and many others.

Michael is highly active as a performance and cultural studies scholar, regularly publishing book chapters and articles and presenting at conferences worldwide. His book project, “An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis”, is under contract with Wesleyan University Press.

Michael is former Co-Program Director of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College and currently serves as tenure-track Assistant Professor in Dance at University of Iowa. He is currently developing blind spot, his first full-length solo in 15 years, combining intermedia dance theater with themes of cultural identity, intellectual property censorship, and corporate militarism.

Sundays in June with Holly Chernobyl

Butoh Body, aka Sunday School for the month of June is led by Holly Chernobyl. She focuses on transformation, time manipulation, making and crossing boundaries, and exploring the 4th dimension: 3d matter + time. We will ask questions and write answers with and within the body. The class attempts to release and contain energy through mental, emotional, and physical focusing exercises: structured and improvised movement, partner work, vocalization, and using the breath as our best resource. 

JUNE 5, 12, 19, 26 // 12-2pm @Outerspace, $10 Suggested Donation

Holly Chernobyl is a body-based performance artist. She has worked as a performer for over a decade, presenting work both nationally and internationally. She has studied and practiced butoh for nearly five years.
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