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

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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.

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.

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.

Formidable Dreams EXPANDED CINEMA

ciprus_formidable-11Formidable Dreams EXPANDED CINEMA with Full Spectrum Features featuring a live presentation of Formidable Dreams (HERO’s Journey On the Threshold)
October 21-22, 7:30 and 9:30 each night
@Silent Funny 4106 W Chicago Ave

This is an immersive experience of live performance, projections and soundscapes. Formidable Dreams is a series of short films about an androgynous trickster hero and their comrades, often out of time, who travel through watery environments where present, sudden memory, and dream states co-mingle.

 
Performances by: 
Elaine Victoria (vocals and movement)
Hanna Brock (vocals, violin and movement)
Here (vocals and movement)
Jason Soliday (handmade instruments and movement)
Jeff Schroeder (guitar and effects)
Sara Zalek (vocals and movement)

Costumes by: Sky Heyn Cubacub of REBIRTH GARMENTS, Here, and Sara Zalek
Projectionist: Eryka Dellenbach
Production Coordinator: Mandy Wetzel
Production Assistants: Rebecca Ladida and Molly Hewitt
Pyramid by: Dubi Kaufmann

 
Originally created by Sara Zalek and Eugene Sun Park, this project continues to expand. Eugene Sun Park is Executive Producer of FULL SPECTRUM FEATURES NFP, a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity in the media arts by producing, exhibiting, and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers. Zalek is currently sponsored by DCASE and Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF), is a 2015 CDF Lab Artist, and thanks her residencies at the Dance Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center and Light Box, Detroit.

Tadashi Endo and Flowers

Thank you to all those who brought and threw flowers on Saturday night ❤ A real honor to be with you at the opening of the 43 season @Dance_Center! The seeds have been planted for 2018 growing season…add water, good soil, and lets see what blooms.