What 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.
Sundays June 11 & June 18
Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park
“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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Elaine Lemieux is co-teaching Butoh Body with Sara Zalek this Sunday, December 20, 12-2pm. Exercises include:
Ssaaa Exercise / Life living between the notes
Long Vocal Sound / Vowels
Rhythm / Consonances
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 Sunday, August 30th
12pm – 2pm
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.
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.
Mitsu Salmon July 19- August 9
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.