Les Chanteuses Du Rien

Elaine Lemieux, Hanna Brock, and Sara Zalek dare the impossible…on the Washington Stairwell at the Chicago Cultural Center

Les chanteuses du rien
Thursday, October 19
12:30-1:30pm

ciprus_formidable-27As Part of Elevate 

Ultimately, we
want to surprise, disarm, and uplift the spirits of all
who witness, to continue
weaving the long tail of our
evolutionary story.

Elevate Chicago Dance marks the culmination of a multi-year Regional Dance Development Initiative produced by Chicago Dancemakers Forum and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).  It is made possible with funding from Reva and David Logan Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago Park District/Night Out in the Parks, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through NEFA’s National Dance Project. Learn more about Chicago’s Regional Dance Development Initiative.

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.

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!

Butoh Body @Volta in August

We are excited to announce our artist in residence class @Volta Performing Arts Center for the month of August! Still on Sundays, 12-2pm… For those of you with Butoh Body cards, come use them up, its a fantastic savings. Drop-in for August classes will be $15. Please share and pass this information on, OuterSpace is on make-over hiatus.

BUTOH BODY @Volta
12-2pm
2142 N. Milwaukee Ave
$15 drop in

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

 

Thank you!

To ALL, who shared, participated, witnessed, and survived this full month of Battles:SS3 with us, we thank you with our whole hearts which have grown over three sizes! We have discovered that some things that may seem impossible or too challenging to take on, are TOTALLY possible, invigorating, and even (en)lightening. We have to say we couldn’t have done it with you all.

Shout outs to these organizations and spaces for their generous capacity: Antibody Corporation, The Japanese Culture Center, High Concept Labs, No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab, The Learning Machine, Hume Chicago, Defibrillator GalleryThe Dojo, and In/Habit Roving Art Series.

People who made the WORK happen: Mandy Work, Aurora Tabar, Eryka Dellenbach, Holly Chernobyl, Rebecca Ladida, Saira Chambers, Sara Luczko, Adam Rose, Steven Wang, Billie Howard, Jason Soliday, April Noga, Cathey Kasper, Eli Halpern, Ginger Farley, Joseph Ravens, Erin Delaney, Michael Egon Schiele, Alex Palma, David Sorich, Kelly, and Christopher Zalek.

Performers who made All the MAGIC happen: Mari Osanai, Paul Michael Henry,
Ken Mai, Jessica Mae Shen, Wannapa P-Eubanks, Amelia Charter, Efrén Arcoiris,
Carole McCurdy, Stephanie Lupu, Kaj-anne Pepper, Alba Soto, Jon Poindexter,
Cristal Sabbagh, Peter Redgrave & Khristian Weeks, Antibody Corporation,
Darling Squire, Aurora Tabar, Bill Skaleski, Duncan Reilly, Beatrice VS, Sara Goodman, Eryka Dellenbach, Jenn Freeman, Holly Chernobyl, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Allen Turner.

Film & Video Artists that opened our eyes to new possibilities: Nabeela Vega,
Rami George, Vincent Chevalier, Connie Noyes, Carole McCurdy, Dubi Kaufmann,
Emily Esperanza, Frank Bertram, Victoria Bradford, and Goeff Shelton.

Our generous food & beverage donors, who gave delicious treats: Yuzu, NuiB, Kizuki, Lagunitas, Revolution, Trader Joe’s, Dimo’s, and Furious Spoon.

Our Amazing crew of documenters: Ji Yang, Eryka Dellenbach, Lee Klawans, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Joseph Lim, Abhi Shah, and Tingyu Huang

And those that contributed money to our overall budget, and for whom we are so grateful: Elizabeth Thompson, Ginger Farley & Bob Shapiro, Chris Zalek, Cards Against Humanity, Bonnie Brooks, Mary Tabar, Sangeet Gupta, Scott Lundius, Lara Oppenheimer, Joanna Furnans, Dubi Kaufman, Geoff Guy, Aurora Tabar, Annie Cauthorn, Carole McCurdy, Holly Chernobyl and Kurt Preston.

LOVE and LIGHT ❤ ❤ ❤ for you have showed us your humanity, after all.

Battles#3: Spoils & Return

Saturday, April 292016revival-holly-chernobyl
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.

Reparations (counterpart of Battles)

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Reparations is an Evening of performance and film
April 22 | Doors open at 7:00PM, show starts 7:30PM
High Concept Labs, 2233 S. Throop, 4th Floor, Pilsen

co-curated with In/habit – an expanded performance art series

RSVP here: https://reparationsforbattles.eventbrite.com/
Donations are appreciated!

**feat. performances by:
Darling Squire
Jenn Freeman
Eryka Dellenbach
//interference (Sara Goodman / Beatrice VS)
Aurora Tabar / Bill Skaleski / Duncan Reilly

***videos and short films by:
Vincent Chevalier
Connie Noyes
Carole McCurdy
Rami George
Hereaclitus Here Vernon
Nabeela Vega
Mitsu Salmon

Reparations (as the counterpart of Battles) is about acts of recognitions, bodily gestures toward processes of repairing or questioning the condition of being repaired, healing together and on our own, self-care, gestures toward awareness, empathy, forgiveness, grief and justice.

From colonialism to slavery through patriarchy, food and housing redlining, mass incarceration, homophobia, surveillance, to the very small and bigger battles against the delineation between the private and the public itself, conflict, here, is seeking repair to the harm done.

Reparations is the third in a series of 4 performance events for Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival. For more info about other performances and workshops by visiting international artists, visit www.butohchicago.com

Special thanks to our Fiscal Sponsor Antibody Corporation and High Concept Labs for hosting.

Battles#2: Weaponize

PaulHenry-Laughter_RebeccaMorris2WE NOW ENGAGE. Our bodies remain in these colloquies of conflict, of rivalry, of struggle. NO We have located ourselves, and are prepared, or are we? Where and how do we stand? We confront now, not just our adversaries, but our family, or our neighbors, in what MORE fashion? We attempt to say to overcome the stagnation that has besieged our culture, we are in perpetual standstill NO LONGER. We say what needs to be said, we are prepared for the consequence. We protect our interests and close our eyes WORDS  and ears to your suffering, your pain, because we have every right. You have no right. We have no rights. We will not stop. We will not stop.. We will not stop. We will not stop. We will not stop.. We will not stop. We will not stop. We will not stop.. We will not stop. We will not stop. We will not stop.. We will not stop. We will not stop. We will not stop..We will not stop. We will not stop..We will not stop.

April 15, Doors open at 7pm
Battle #2: Weaponize

The Learning Machine, 3145 S. Morgan St.
feat. Paul Michael Henry |Cristal Sabbagh | Antibody Corporation | Jon Poindexter | Alba Soto | Peter Redgrave & Khristian Weeks | Pepper Pepper | Stephanie Lupu
RSVP is helpful ❤

Lightening will most likely strike.
Donations are appreciated, not required.