TRADING ROUTES December 3 & 9

Solo Performance Works by Michael Sakamoto & Mitsu Salmon

Midwest Nexus Touring Grant Exchange

Sunday // December 3 at 7PM
Saturday // December 9 at 9PM

LINKS HALL
3111 W. Western Ave, Chicago, IL

As part of Trading Routes Festival
Tickets $12-15 at www.linkshall.org


BLIND SPOT
Michael Sakamoto & Christopher Jette
Sakamoto and Jette present excerpts from “blind spot,” a work-in-progress dance and sound performance. Using Michael’s autobiographical narrative and visual metaphors from photography and cinema, “blind spot” addresses the intersection between intellectual property, corporate militarism and personal narrative.

TSUCHI
Mitsu Salmon 
Tsuchi is a solo interdisciplinary performance piece. It draws from Mitsu’s great- grandfather’s experience of immigrating from Japan to Hawaii as a farmer and then becoming his dream of becoming a high-end waiter. The piece delves into and obscures his life and then branches out to the stories of Mitsu’s. The work explores questions of family and travel through Butoh, contemporary, dance, and everyday movements with music and text. Awarded best collaborative multimedia dance performance and Top 5 best emerging dancer performances from Newcity 2015.


About the Artists:
MITSU SALMON creates original performance and visual works, which fuse multiple disciplines. Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. In 2005 she graduated from NYU where she majored in Experimental Theater.
She has performed solo work at places such Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Highways Performance Space and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer (Berlin) Central Saint Martins (London), and Urbanguild (Kyoto). She has participated in the Asquared Asian American Performance Festival in Chicago, the Berlin Performance Art Festival, and Act Art London Performance Art Festival. She has been awarded artists residencies at Earthdance in Massachettes, Oxbow in Michigan, Tsung Yeh in Taiwan and Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, Indonesia. In Chicago, she has been awarded residencies through High Concept Lab, the Cultural Center, and Links Hall. www.mitsusalmon.com

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 (2016), TACT/Fest Osaka, UCLA Fowler Museum and many others. He is currently touring: “Flash”, a butoh/hip-hop duet with acclaimed choreographer Rennie Harris; “Soil”, a dance theater trio with Southeast Asian dancers; and “blind spot”, an intermedia solo performance exploring intellectual property censorship and corporate militarism. Michael is also writing a book project, “An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis” for Wesleyan University Press.

CHRISTOPHER JETTE is a curator of lovely sounds, creating work as a composer and new media artist. His creative work explores the artistic possibilities at the intersection of human performers/creators and technological tools. Christopher’s research details his technical and aesthetic investigations and explores technology as a physical manifestation of formalized human constructs. A highly collaborative artist, he has created works that involve dance, theater, websites, electronics, food, toys, typewriters, cell phones, instrument design and good ol’ fashioned wood and steel instruments. In addition to creating concert music, Christopher explores Creative Placemaking through site-specific and interactive work as a core-four member of the Anchorage based Light Brigade. He was the 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Grant Wood Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Iowa and currently serves as Visiting Artist at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

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.

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.