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!

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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.

For the Curious: More about Butoh

Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, SSII: Post Butoh Fest
Koichi and Hiroko Tamano

Doing some research in preparation for SSII: Post Butoh Festival coming up, I came across this very concise list of essential concepts in Butoh. I tend to use these concepts in my own teaching, and so I am contacting Florencia Guerberof, who compiled the list. She is carrying out an ongoing investigation on Butoh movement, and I am curious as to how it is going. She shares these Essential Concepts simply: 

The empty body does not move intentionally. It is rather moved by something. The body is a blank canvas subject to infinite transformations. The body is a black charcoal absorbing the light. “What is expressed should not be something that a dancer tries to display. A dancer should concentrate on absorbing.”  Nario Gohda from Yukio Waguri’s site: http://www.otsukimi.net/koz/e_yw_antho.html   

The desublimated body. Decay is the dance of the living organisms. We stand in between life and death. The beauty of fading out in dance. Different ways of vanishing. Snow melts, a rain of cherry tree petals falls and the moon hides by quarters.

Beauty in the horror of the grimace. The distorted, the uncanny and the grotesque. The coexistence of the painful and the pleasant.

The Inside. Movement emerges from a remote zone which hides in the darkness of our own body.

The unleashed body. Movement without thinking in the search for the body’s own unconscious impulses.

The Avant-Garde body. Fragmentation and dissociation. Influence of modernist art in dance. The hands, the face and the feet going their own separated ways. The mask.

The power of the gaze in dance. From a particular gaze a  determined way of  walking flourishes. Eyes migrate through different body parts. The empty eyes. The whole body as a big eye. Seeing through the other senses. I see with the soles of my feet. To see becomes to feel.

The ground. The worshiped surface from which everything originates.

Presence. Practice one’s own existence into space. Carrying one´s own body weight.

Connecting with the outside. The ego melts into space. Becoming the universe.

The other. Internalizing different beings and their existence. Transforming from one state into the other. Female and male energy, animal spirits, animated and inanimate objects.

Sensing. To sense the essence of things generating movement from our relation with different materials, textures, atmospheres, temperatures,light and darkness.

The space in between. Importance of the invisible space between things. Air circulates around  hidden joints and cavities. The space can become small. Hands can turn diminutive. The smallest detail makes a big difference. Subtlety and delicacy.

RELEASE: SSII at Lake FX SUMMIT April 18-19

SSII, A Post-Butoh Festival at FX Summit held in the Dance Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center April 18-19. The festival features free workshops, performances, and discussions by Hiroko and Koichi Tamano (Berkeley, CA), Alessandro Pintus (Italy), Michael Sakamoto (Iowa City, IA), Vangeline Theater (NYC), Antibody Corporation (CHI), Ginger Krebs (CHI), Carole McCurdy (CHI), Mitsu Salmon (CHI), Darrell Jones (CHI) among others.

One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression. According to CLAUDIA LA ROCCO in the New York Times, “People tend to think of Butoh in terms of aesthetic markers: white body paint, shaved heads, slow movement gained through intense muscular control, and a way of manipulating the body that is at once beautiful and grotesque, tragic and absurd. Influenced by German Expressionism, it tends to be imagistic rather than narrative. But while these elements often appear, defining Butoh in stylistic terms is dangerous…Butoh is no one thing, but it always has, at its center, a fragile transformative spark. You can’t always describe it, but you know it when you see it, and you know when it’s missing.”01 - Rubedo - Photo by Simona Toncelli

SSII is curated and organized by Sara Zalek, butoh dancer, choreographer and teacher. In April 2014, Zalek curated Spawned Seeds: A Post Butoh Festival, in December Vangeline Theater, and hosts Tadashi Endo at The Old Town School of Folk Music in June. The artists she curates are internationally or locally renowned for their innovative use of butoh in performance. “There is a growing interest in Butoh–the invocation of transformation and the mystery of the live moment. Experiencing Butoh first hand is the best way to understand how and why Butoh is thriving now.”

This year’s Summit will explore the theme “Improvisation and Innovation”. In the spirit of this, the creative leadership of The Second City, the Chicago improve comedy giants will present lessons from their book Yes, And about improving creativity and collaboration. Lake FX Summit + Expo is a FREE event and open to anyone interested in the creative industries. Free registration will be begin in early March. The event is presented by Google, organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and co-produced by CIMMfest and The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter. Event sponsors include Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader and Splash; Virgin Hotel Chicago, and many more.

“Chicago’s creative community is one of this city’s greatest assets,” says DCASE Commissioner Michelle Boone. “We’re always looking for new opportunities to support their efforts and industries and to leverage their expertise.”

For more information about the Summit, visit LakeFXChicago.org.

PRESS RELEASE: PR-POSTBUTOHFESTIVAL2015

Yumiko Yoshioka – Chicago

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“Body Breaks,Butoh Breakdancing and Beyond”, Chicago 2006

We are so excited to have Yumiko back here in Chicago, 8 years ago I met her, and her energy is curious, impish, extraordinary. Dance with us April 9-13 @Outerspace!

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April 9-13   Wednesday – Sunday

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@Outerspace
1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park

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5 day workshop with Butoh artist Yumiko Yoshioka. Any one day or full participation is available. Dates, fees and registration information here.  Berlin based artist and body resonance teacher. Yomiko is a first generation Butoh performer, who trained with Hijikata (a founder of Ankoku Butoh). She has taught and performed Butoh internationally for over 30 years.

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April 11-12  Friday & Saturday 6:30 pm
@Dance Studio, Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St, Loop

Performances and performance lectures by Yumiko Yoshioka (Berlin), Nicole LeGette (CHI), Andy Braddock (NY), Adam Rose (CHI), Julie Becton Gillum (NC), Holly Chernobyl (CHI), Jose Hernandez (CHI), Upended Teacups-Corey Gearhart and Stefanie Cohen (DETROIT), Ginger Krebs (CHI), Andrea Peterson (CHI).

Zac Whittenburg

April 13 Sunday 6:30pm
$10 suggested donation

@Den Theater, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park

Panel discussion with Zachary Whittenburg (@trailerpilot) and the artists on Sunday night.