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.

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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Mitsu Salmon Butoh/Movement class

BUTOH BODY Presents Mitsu Salmon
Sundays from 12-2 February 21 and 28
Suggested donation $10 drop-in
Drawing from Butoh, Noguchi and improvisation, this class will explore the connection with body, mind and imagery.
  1. Exercises of Noguchi (which were integrated into Butoh training). The body is thought of as water and the goal is to release the natural body.
  2. Guided imagery with movement, structured and improvised.
  3. Body and mind centering exercises, working with breathe and body connection.
The class will collaboratively be made with students based on their interests and needs.
Mitsu is an interdisciplinary artist who works with performance, movement and voice. She has practiced Butoh for 8 years and been part of a Butoh company, Ima Tenko and Kiraza for 3 years in Japan.
Class Cards now available!
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$80 for 10 classes. Purchase via Paypal here (check or cash in person)

Elaine Lemieux on Using the Voice

Elaine Elaine Lemieux is co-teaching Butoh Body with Sara Zalek this Sunday, December 20, 12-2pm. Exercises include:
Vocal Warm-Up
Ssaaa Exercise / Life living between the notes
Long Vocal Sound / Vowels
Rhythm / Consonances
Babbling
Vocal Exploration coming from the navel (umbilicus)
For as long as she can remember, Elaine Lemieux has always been fascinated by the sonic colors of the human voice, its possibilities for creative expression and the diversity of emotions that can be revealed.  Elaine has more than 30 years of experience in voice study, training, and singing performance. She had the opportunity to solo with different chamber music ensembles, choirs, theatrical groups and dance companies.  She performed classical, baroque, sacred and contemporary repertory in Canada, the United States, as well as in Europe. Elaine has always been inspired by the theatrical improvisation styles created by many performance artists that she had the privilege of working with over the years. In addition, she has completed five years of training in the Musicianship and Leadership Program (MLP) from the Music for People organization. As a result, she has truly enhanced her creative musical language and has found her doorway in helping people find their authentic expressive selves.  Elaine focuses on voice and channeling self-expression and movement.  She brings a new sensitivity to music improvisation founded in an education in formal classical voice. 

The Substitute

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Sunday, August 30th
12pm – 2pm
OuterSpace Studios
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
$10 suggested donation or pay what you can.

A Butoh class taught by Adam Rose of Antibody Corporation, as part of 
Butoh Body
normally taught by Sara Zalek.
This class will focus on explorations of symmetry and asymmetry, and exercises in overcoming musical taste by learning to dance to anything.

Mitsu Salmon, Guest Teacher

For the next three weeks, Butoh Body features special guest teacher Mitsu Salmon. These classes are designed for all levels of movers and artists. Join Mitsu Sundays 12-2pm, at Outerspace in Wicker Park, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave. A $10 donation is suggested.

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About Mitsu’s class:
Drawing from Butoh and body mind centering, this class will explore the connection with body, mind and imagery.
The class will be composed of the following
1. Exercises of Noguchi (which were integrated into Butoh training). The body is thought of as water and the goal is to release the natural body.
2. Guided imagery with movement, structured and improvised
3. Body and mind centering exercises, working with breathe and body connection.

Mitsu Salmon was a member of the Butoh company, Ima Tenko and Kiraza for 3 years in Japan as well a member of Katsura Kan and Saltimbanques for one year. Any questions please contact mitsusalmon@gmail.com.

Monday night classes at HCL

Butoh Body with Sara Zalek

Mondays 6-8pm
February 16 – April 13
$10 suggested donation

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4th Floor MANA Contemporary
2233 S. Throop (PILSEN)

A drop in weekly movement lab to expand awareness both physically and energetically. Explore your imagination through movement in a supportive environment, create personal internal landscapes to move with mindfulness and presence. You will be encouraged to take risks, listen, move with your subtler senses, and to create a personal body language.

[Butoh is a practice which seeks to embrace transformation. It offers us a chance to discover our relationship to nature, the cosmos, other sentient beings, and our shamanistic selves. Welcome them to your future.]

Sara Zalek has practiced and studied Butoh dancing for over 10 years, incorporating Tai Chi, yoga, Noguchi gymnastics, ritual dance, and visual arts into her teaching. More about Sara: www.saratonin.com

Fall Sessions

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Every Sunday @Outerspace 12-2pm, and Monday nights 6-8pm @HCL, MANA Contemporary.

Beginning with breath work primarily, we locate our breath in our bodies and together create a generous mindbody space to explore new ways of being. We spend time writing/drawing to formalize and ritualize the ideas that come forth, and perform short vignettes for each other to solidify and share our discoveries. Come dance your heart out~