Diego Piñon Body Ritual Movement (Samhain Edition)

Warmly welcome Diego Piñon to Chicago for
(Samhain Edition) Body Ritual Movement
October 27-29 at Outerspace Studios

Friday, Oct 27 6-10pm $65
Saturday, Oct 28 12pm-6:30pm $95
Sunday, October 29 12pm-6:30pm  $95
Full Weekend $215 (contact us for other payment options, butohchicago@gmail.com )

Eventbrite - Diego Piñon Body Ritual Movement (Samhain Edition)

“Butoh, since it’s beginnings in 1959, has always confronted notions of tradition, legacy, culture, innovation and contemporary manifestation. From the beginning, the key to this path has been the relentless search for the essence of art, as a refuge to our humanity.”

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BRM Trainings are both emotionally intense and physically challenging. Techniques that stimulate, expand and recapture energy from the body through the senses are used. The body is trained to awaken these sensitivities and vital energies in order to transform the limitations perceived in ourselves. A key foundation to the training is how it consciously uses a collective group experience to engage and expand this energy beyond the individual. It is from this enhanced opening that the creative and artistic work can begin to emerge. BRM proposes methods that stimulate sensory sensitivity, the imagination, and creativity to support the deep expression of each individual through movement.

BRM Training involves high-impact aerobic movement, 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.

Training for the spine, joints, and internal body spaces—our energetic centers—through focused breathing are used to regenerate and expand the currents of energetic exchange between our internal and external realities. Active meditation exercises are introduced to quiet the mind and awaken original, non-reactive impulses for organic movement. Guided improvisations then give participants the opportunity to integrate this newfound sensory awareness within their physical body, external environments, and the collective presence to reach new realms of creative potential.

Mitsu Salmon Sept 10-24

Butoh Body Sundays, September 10, 17, 24
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
12-2pm
$15 

“How are our ancestors held and released in our body? Ancestries of plants, animals, and humans.” Mitsu

Mitsu’s class will draw from Butoh, contemporary dance, and experimental theater, exploring the connection with body, unconscious and imagery.

The class will focus on Noguchi exercises, which foster an experience of the body as water with the goal of encountering and releasing the natural body.  We will also investigate Botany, body-weather, and animals (real and imagined) through guided imagery and structured improvisation.
All levels welcome and please wear comfortable clothing.

Mitsu Salmon creates original performance and dance work. She studied Butoh and has been part of a Butoh company, Ima Tenko and Kiraza, for 3 years in Japan. She studied dance and experimental theater in New York and Berlin for a number of years and has performed and taught workshops internationally.  She has performed solo work at places such Links Hall, HCL, Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Highways Performance Space and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer, the Berlin Performance Art Festival, London Performance Art Festival and Urbanguild in Kyoto, Japan. Learn more on www.mitsusalmon.com.

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!

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

 

April Sunday classes

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No Butoh Body Sunday classes @Outerspace in April.
Please come see us in the Battles
❤ ❤

 

Battles#1: Ground Work

Six humans gather in a ceremony of opening. These offerings are an allowance, a willingness to engage bodies in colloquies of conflict, of rivalry, of struggle.

We might locate ourselves as points along the battle path; where and how do we stand? How will we prepare to confront, not just our adversaries, but our family, or our neighbors?amelia
Through this evening of performances, we ignite this fire-y topic with the precision of a scalpel, to dissect the hideous beast, to expose its entrails. We must take stock and ownership of our brutality, through any means necessary, for we will not avoid, we will not run. We face the mirror. We lay the ground work. We prepare to battle.
Featuring:

Mari Osanai
Wannapa P. Eubanks
Carole McCurdy
Efrén Arcoiris
Amelia Charter
Jessica Mae Shen

Saturday April 8 Doors Open 7pm
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Mari Osanai Workshops, tickets still available!

Eventbrite - MARI OSANAI WORKSHOP

DATES:
Wed April 5, 1-5pm
Thurs April 6, 1-5pm
Fri April 7, 1-5pm
Sun April 9, 1-5pm

COST:
Full Workshop price $225
Each single day $60

Butoh Chicago presents Mari Osanai from Japan. This workshop is made possible by Vangeline France who brings Mari to the U.S. AND we look forward to hosting with our new partners at Japanese Culture Center – 日本文化会館

This is a unique opportunity to explore the Noguchi Taiso work with a master teacher. All levels of experience are welcome.  Noguchi Taiso (Water Body movement) has been widely appreciated and incorporated/integrated into Butoh movement practice.

Mari Osanai’s workshop focuses on Noguchi Taiso combined with the influences of her early training in Tai Chi, western dance methods, traditional folk dance in Aomori, Japan (her birthplace), and the connection between one’s thoughts and sensation of weight. Osanai’s approach to movement research and exploration begins with a heightened awareness of gravity’s influence on the body and the body’s connection with the center of the earth. Exercises in the workshop train the body to embrace its weight and heighten its sensitivity to move from its most relaxed and receptive state. Starting with images, such as washing the body with water, air, sunlight, workshop participants will discover the body’s vital energies rooted in its inherent hydrodynamics. Movement and form result as participants ingest imagery inside their bodies and allow the changes to shift the body’s interior.

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.