Battles#3: Spoils & Return

kenmaiSaturday, April 29
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.” (Wikipedia) Where loot and lives were taken and often worn in the name of some country, some warlord, some king. We cannot change our history of this violence and oppression, it surely lives in our bodies. We can ask now, is it possible to repair the damage done?

We reframe our Return from War, in our celebration of victory, a people that do not oppress, do not include old paradigms of winners and losers, oppressors and the oppressed.  Where in this history of our bodies can we find places to release no longer necessary anger and hatred, to open opportunities for new potentials to arise? Can we humans live without war, without claiming our lives more important than the lives of others, with freedom and love for the spirit of all life? How will we accept the truth of our answer? Here we make the attempt to embrace both our shadow and our light. We invite you to do the same.

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.

In/habit roving art series

Butoh Chicago and In/habit roving art series are co-curating some very special events as part of Battles:SS3. Rebecca and Sara have been scouting, shouting, and furiously creating their sweet’n’freaky BrainChilds. For the sensitive in all of us, we present:

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I’m hurting when you’re not with me:
a screening by Butoh Chicago >< In/Habit roving art series

April 11, 7pm- 10pm
Hume Gallery, 3242 West Armitage Avenue

Eventbrite - I'm hurting when you're not with me

A night of short films and conversations.

Longing for someone or something to be there with us is longing for solidarity, for presence, for love, for understanding, for flesh, for friendship. Battles, repair and resilience only exist in relation to and the battlegrounds are not as desolate when you are with me.

To acknowledge our need for one another, and how we might seek to repair our feelings of loss and isolation, the harm done to our body and the body politics, broken relationships, and share in the beauty that might be our shared grief.

Videos

Nabeela Vega, Purging
Connie Noyes, A Revolution Around the Sun + The Rattle
Rami George, my mother and her sister always argued in arabic,
i never understood what was said; Stanley, my Second Lover
Carole McCurdy, Bellows Below
Dubi Kaufmann, Looking at You
Vincent Chevalier, So… when did you figure out that you had AIDS?; COVER
Victoria Bradford, Yellow. A response to “Eros the Bittersweet,” an essay by classicist Anne Carson
Frank Bertram, VERLORENE GÖTTER (Lost Gods) *World Premiere*
Emily Esperanza, Severance
Geoff Shelton with Vangeline Theater / New York Butoh Institute, Spectral

Free. Donations will be providing stipends to the film and videomakers. Thank you!

BYO Snacks and Beverages to this cozy artists-run gallery Hume Chicago
http://humechicago.org/

This screening is part of the Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival and the In/habit roving art series, more information and full calendar of events:www.butohchicago.com | www.inhabitartseries.weebly.com

NEEDCREDITDarlingSquire-Reparations is an Evening of performance and film

April 22, Doors open at 7:00pm
High Concept Labs, 2233 S. Throop, Pilsen

Eventbrite - Reparations
Featuring Darling SquireJenn FreemanEryka Dellenbach, //interference (Sara Goodman / Beatrice VS), Aurora Tabar / Bill Skaleski / Duncan Reilly

Videos by Hereaclitus, Carole McCurdy, Connie Noyes, Vincent Chevalier, Rami George, Mitsu Salmon, Nabeela Vega

A collection of short videos will be featured as you enter, take time and space to immerse yourself and prepare. 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.

Donations are appreciated!Special thanks to our Fiscal Sponsor Antibody Corporation and High Concept Labs for hosting.

InHabitEelIN/HABIT roving art series was created by Mitsu Salmon & Rebecca Ladida in 2015-2016. The series is an open platform dedicated to holding space for brilliant weirdos, fostering collaborations between queer, feminists, BIPOC, radical thinkers and artists with various degrees of recognition in the (art) world. About 150 collaborators/artists/curators have contributed to building In/habit in this past first year.

This multimedia roving art series acts as a trickster platform blurring the lines between the economy of practices in both DIY spaces/politics and institutionalized art spaces. Social transformation as well as the transformation of the way we work together is the horizon as well as the m.o. More info about them: http://inhabitartseries.weebly.com/

 

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.

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.