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.

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.

Butoh Workshop Recommendations

SS 3 PROMOArtistsEarly Registration Deadlines extended until March 25, so register now to save some bucks! We have been getting so many questions about which workshops to take, its so much information to take in, I just want to give you my brief recommendations based on your expressed interests. All of the workshops are four hours per day, and we recommend you bring clothes that are comfortable for moving in, a journal, water, and snacks as you need, like fruit or nuts. Take as many days in a row as you can for the richest experience. 

Mari Osanai‘s training will focus on water-body exercises, a way to discover the body’s vital energies rooted in its inherent hydrodynamics. This workshop is ideal for those interested in the healing arts and tension releasing techniques to increase mobility in the joints and fascia. Dancers, teachers, healers, this is a moment to learn from a Master level teacher of Noguchi gymnastics with over 25 years of experience. This is the first of its kind workshop in Chicago! Workshops April 5-9 at the Japanese Culture Center, Register here

Paul Michael Henry is a radical punk activist from Glasglow, who themes include dealing with neglect of the body, destruction of the environment and atrophy of the soul in consumerist society. He performs, curates festivals, and organizes workshops with Master level teachers from around the globe. His workshops are focused on The Dreaming Body, and is open to all body types and needs. Ideal for Pilsen and Bridgeport communities, as it will be held at High Concept Labs/MANA Contemporary on Throop. Two days only, April 14-15, Register here

Ken Mai is local Butoh teacher and performer Holly Chernobyl’s favorite, and is making his first ever US tour possible! There is a deep spiritual quality to Ken Mai’s teaching, with 16 years of experience in a Zen monastery, years working with Kazuo Ohno (founder of Butoh), Yoga teacher training from India, Noguchi gymnastics from Japan, and more. Go super deep with Ken Mai ❤ Quite active on FB, so friend or follow him to see what they are getting into! Workshops April 26-30 at the Japanese Culture Center, Register here

Check out Festival Passes for ALL or SOME OF EACH for the most immersive experience!

On the Town: Chicago Tribune

Featured in On the Town in the Chicago Tribune On the Town, Chicago Tribune

Quote “I compare butoh to figure drawing. A good artist leaves open areas, because the mind can fill in what’s happening. Butoh does that a lot: It allows people to fill in the gaps with their own memories and associations.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/dance/ct-butoh-dance-preview-20150414-column.html

Proudly presenting at LAKE FX Chicago 2015

Lake FX Chicago 2015 Presented by Google

Lake FX Summit + Expo
April 16-19 

PERFORMANCES AND EVENING SHOWCASES

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO LAKE FX SUMMIT ATTENDEES AND THE PUBLIC. NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY.

THURSDAY 

8pm, The Mid, 306 N. Halsted St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Lake FX Kick-off Jazz Showcase
Featuring Next Generation, The Fox & The Hounds and Lili K. with visual projections by Liviu Pasare of Stoptime Live Productions

A trolley will leave the Harris Theater for Music and Dance following the 5:30pm LAKE FX Keynote Address. Produced by CIMMfest and The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.

FRIDAY

10am-1:30pm, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Fender Ballroom
DJ JESSE De La Peña spins between programs

12pm, Millennium Park, (weather location Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio)
Wired Fridays featuring DJ Sundance
Wired Fridays presents electronic dance music and local world-famous DJs in a mid-day dance party setting.

6:45pm, Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Revenge of the Mekons
A screening of the feature documentary about Punk’s reigning contrarians with director Joe Angio, band member Jon Langford and singer Sally Timms. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, 1st Ward/Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Buster Keaton Goes to Bollywood
Buster Keaton’s Seven Chances gets a trip to Bollywood with Saraswathi Ranganathan and Dominic Johnson of New Millennium Orchestra. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, Chicago Art Dept, 1932 S. Halsted St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Synergies
A large-scale video installation by Edyta Stepien and Chuck Przybyl wraps the entirety of Chicago Art Dept east gallery while experimental short films by local artists run in the west gallery. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Can’t Be Satisfied
A screening of the documentary following Muddy Water’s rise from Mississippi farmhand to Blues legend, with filmmaker Robert Burns. Produced by CIMMfest.

7pm, Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Listen Local Gospel & Blues Music
Featuring Tone Ross, Reggie Royal & Judah, Ryan Booker, Dave Herrero and Davy Knowles
Produced by The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.

Evening Showcases and Performances

SATURDAY

10am-1:30 pm, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Fender Ballroom
DJ Sadie Woods spins between programs

6pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Young Chicago Authors Showcase
A performance by members of Young Chicago Authors (YCA), an organization cultivating artistic voice, developing critical thinkers and empowering youth to be civically engaged through programs like Louder Than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry festival in the world.

6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio
SS2: Post-Butoh Festival Showcase
Eight contemporary Butoh artists from around Chicago, the country and the world use this post-war Japanese art form as a jumping off point for innovation, revealing the mystery of the live moment through contemporary dance. Performers include Vangeline Theater, Sara Zalek, Darrell Jones and Alessandro Pintus.

7pm, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Sones de México performs ¡Que Viva México!
Mexican folk sextet, Sones de México creates and performs a unique original score for the 1930s film ¡Que Viva México! produced by Upton Sinclair. Produced by CIMMfest.

 7pm, Chicago Art Dept, 1932 S. Halsted St.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Listen Local Urban Music
Featuring O’My’s, Netherfriends, Martin $ky and Garrett David. Produced by The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter.

 8:15pm, Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
EVENING SHOWCASE: Almost There
Kartemquin Films-produced documentary Almost There is a coming-of-(old)-age story about 83-year-old Peter Anton, an “outsider” artist living in isolated and crippling conditions, with filmmakers Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky. Produced by CIMMfest.

SUNDAY

3pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Cedille Records Celebrates 25 Years of Recording Chicago’s Classical Musicians
Cedille Records presents a concert in honor of its 25th anniversary showcasing four performances – the Avalon String Quartet, Gaudete Brass, Fifth House Ensemble and INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song featuring Patrice Michaels – that represent Chicago’s vibrant contemporary classical music community.

6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio
SS2: Post-Butoh Festival Showcase
Eight contemporary Butoh artists from around Chicago, the country and the world use this post-war Japanese art form as a jumping off point for innovation, revealing the mystery of the live moment through contemporary dance. Performers include Vangeline Theater, Sara Zalek, Darrell Jones and Alessandro Pintus.

For more information on these events, visit lakefxchicago.org

CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, coinciding over April 16-19, 2015, is a showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets and other programs showing what movies and music mean to each other.

The Recording Academy®, internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards, is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. The Academy’s Chicago Chapter works closely with many established music and arts organizations and has become an integral partner in the Chicago and Midwestern cultural communities.

Please join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LakeFXChicago. To plan your trip to Chicago for the Lake FX Summit + Expo, visit choosechicago.com.

The Lake FX Summit + Expo presented by Google is 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, Chicago Transit Authority, WGCI and V103.

Lake FX Co-Producers and Sponsors 
City Seal, City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel    DCASE, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events