Holly Chernobyl – Butoh Workshops

“There are as many ways to do butoh as there are flowers in the world.”

This month it’s happening Saturday, January 13th 6:30pm-8:30pm, but this is a regularly scheduled event at the Japanese Culture Center. The two hour workshop focuses on the method developed by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata and is taught by Holly Chernobyl, transformer and instigator of dark matter. This method of exploration is firmly grounded in the body, utilizes imagery, and prioritizes form over feeling.

Class is $15.00

This workshop has a limited number of spaces available! Please register ASAP through the JCC office by emailing info@japaneseculturecenter.com or by calling the office directly.

Wear clothes that are easy to move in! Bring a water bottle. This workshop is open to all levels and abilities. Total newbies especially welcome!

From Holly: I am committed to creating an environment which is inclusive of many lived experiences and many abilities. That said, the center is not ADA accessible, unfortunately. Many apologies. This may change in the future.

Holly Chernobyl is a body-based performance artist. Holly has presented work in many Chicago spaces such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, and Dfb Gallery. Her work has also been performed in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, Brooklyn at JACK, and shown in Boston, Berlin, the UK, and Quebec. She continues to create solo pieces and collaborate with a talented array of Chicago artists. In 2016, she held four artist residencies, in rural Finland, Wisconsin, Germany, and at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Mari Osanai Noguchi Taiso

@Japanese Culture Center, 1016 W. Belmont Avenue

Thursday/ Friday Feb 8-9 12-5pm
Saturday February 10 1-7pm
Sunday February 11 5:30-9:30pm
Register Early Now $52 any day, $190 for full series.
Discounts apply until January 25.
(after January 25 $225 for full series, day tickets will vary, $55-$75)

Back in Chicago from Battles #1: Ground Work, 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. Noguchi Taiso (Water Body movement) has been widely appreciated and incorporated/integrated into Butoh movement practice. 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.
Mari Osanai is an independent dancer, choreographer, Noguchi Taiso teacher. She is based in Aomori, Japan. She has performed and given workshops in the United States, Canada, Greece.
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.

Michael Sakamoto One Day Workshop

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Sat, December 9, 2017
1:30-3:00 pm
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$20.00
Register Online

A master class with dance theater artist Michael Sakamoto
Working from elements inspired by butoh and hip-hop dance practices, Michael leads students through a series of movement and image exercises in order to demonstrate his unique blend of intercultural identity and contemporary dance.

The workshop is open to dancers of all levels of experience. Keep in mind that it is physically rigorous.

Diego Piñón Body Ritual Movement (Samhain Edition)

Warmly welcome Diego Piñón 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.