Embodying the Spirit

TWO EVENINGS OF BUTOH TRAINING
September 26/27 6-9:30pm $50 per night, $90 for both
@Outerspace!! 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Register online

Embodying the Spirit: Butoh Training with Joan Laage
Experience training methods towards a supple body and mind, and investigate aesthetics common to Butoh through creative explorations. This workshop is a process of erasing and re-creating the body through guided improvisation largely inspired by nature imagery. ETS explores endless questions: What is life? What is the human condition? What is the body? How can we experience infinity within the body/mind? The workshop structure includes exercises and explorations of physical body, nature body, and transforming body. Group and partner work will facilitate participants’ individual and collective journeys. The workshop draws from her training with Butoh Masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa and her background as a Tai Chi practitioner and professional gardener.

Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh) studied under butoh masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa and performed with Ashikawa’s group Gnome in Japan in the late 80s. After settling in Seattle in 1990, she formed Dappin’ Butoh, a company known for its appearances in Seattle’s fringe theater and dance festivals. Joan has performed and taught at national and international butoh and dance festivals, and was a featured artist at the UCLA Butoh Symposium in May 2011, and has been an adjunct faculty at Cornish College of The Arts (Seattle). She is featured in Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, And Japan and Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy by Sondra Horton Fraleigh. She performs frequently at the Seattle Japanese Garden where she is a docent. Joan is known as a NW butoh pioneer, and is a founding member of DAIPANbutoh Collective which produces an annual butoh festival in Seattle. www.seattlebutoh-laage.com www.daipanbutoh.com

Please direct any questions to butohchicago@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest!

Early Registration Deadline Extended!

Yumiko YoshiokaThere are a few more days to catch the Early Registration Deadline for Yumiko’s Workshop April 21-24! Purchase full immersion tickets for $185 until April 7 at 6pm, or use the code: 34rlyb1rd for 10% of individual day ticket sales. More information about the workshop here: https://butohchicago.wordpress.com/yumiko-in-spring/

 

BUTOH NOW

April 2, 12-3pm. One Day Only Workshop at Columbia Dance Center 
This three hour workshop and conversation delves into contemporary Butoh thought and artistic practice. Visiting Butoh dancer and scholar Michael Sakamoto leads a two hour movement workshop followed by a conversation with Columbia Dance Center faculty and dancer Darrell Jones to enlighten us on their individual approaches to presenting Butoh within contemporary performance practice. Come prepared to move and reflect. All levels welcome! RSVP for this free workshop ASAP. Class size is limited to 24.

BUTOH NOW: Michael Sakamoto and Darrell Jones
BUTOH NOW: Michael Sakamoto and Darrell Jones

Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar active in dance, theatre, performance, media and photography. His solo, ensemble and visual works have been presented in 14 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Currently touring “Flash,” a butoh/hip-hop duet with Rennie Harris, Michael is also developing “blind spot,” an intermedia performance and book project integrating discourses around the body, media imagery and intellectual property, and “Soil,” a dance theater trio with performers from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam/USA. Michael’s research and performance interests include contemporary imaginings of the butoh-based “body in crisis,” corporeal and mediated embodiments of self-reflection and social resistance, and performing the cultural commons and cultural sustainability. From 1994-2000, he was also a featured soloist in the Rachel Rosenthal Company.

Michael holds an MFA in Dance and PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, is former Co-Director of Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program and currently serves as Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Iowa.

Darrell Jones has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka and Ralph Lemon.

Along with performing Darrell continues to choreograph and teach. He has collaborated with other choreographers (Paige Cunningham, Lisa Gonzales, Damon Green, Angie Hauser, JSun Howard, Kirstie Simpson, Jeremy Wade), writers (Cheryl Boyce-Taylor), musicians (Jessie Mano, Brian Schuler, Justin Mitchell) and designers (Mawish Syed) in dance films, documentations and interactive multimedia installations. In addition to his collaborative work he continues to work in solo forms and has choreographed for professional and student ensembles (The Seldoms, University of Colorado, Univeristy of Illinois).

Darrell has received choreographic fellowships from MANCC, CDF (Chicago Dancemakers Forum) and is a two time Bessie award recipient for his collabrative work with Bebe Miller Company and his most recent research in (e)feminized ritual performance.

Darrell has also taught workshops and master classes in dance technique and improvisational processes throughout the United States and in other countries such as South Africa, UK, and South Korea. Darrell is presently a tenured faculty member at at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago where he teaches classes in dance techniqe, performance and improvisational practices. His classes are informed by his training and studies in a variety of contemporary dance techniques and Traditional Dance forms.

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

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

Listening to the Bones: The Body as Instrument and Offering

One Night Only Butoh Workshop by Seattle Butoh artist Vanessa Skantze
@2130 W. 21st Street, 6-9pm just $30. RSVP to butohchicago@gmail.com to attend!

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The body dancing Butoh asks of itself absolute presence and utter surrender. In Listening to the Bones, Vanessa will guide a revelation of the body as instrument through the practice of deep listening and becoming other. Creating a space of curiosity and trust while fostering intense physical/mental focus, the workshop will: facilitate awareness of the concurrent structural and energetic alignment of the body; explore limits of flexibility and strength, speed and stillness, instability and ground; work in pairs to develop listening beyond the skin; and invoke imagery to be absorbed into the body– creating the offering of Butoh dance.

“Butoh is a corpse standing straight up in a desperate bid for life” Tatsumi Hijikata

“To translate the invisible wind through the water it sculpts in passing”. – Robert Bresson

Vanessa Skantze is a Butoh artist and teacher of yoga and dance from Seattle. She has performed in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years. She co-founded New Orleans sound/movement ensemble Death Posture in 2002, and collaborates with many renowned musicians including Jarboe and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Skantze has trained with Jinen Butoh founder Atsushi Takenouchi since 2003, and performed with him in the U.S. and Europe. Since coming to Seattle in 2004 she has created numerous ensemble works under the name Danse Perdue as well as solo pieces. In 2013 she taught as part of Lydia Lunch’s Post-Catastrophe Collaborative. In 2014 her work ‘Radiant Poison” was performed by a quartet of dancers at the UWABE festival in Asheville, N.C. She is currently touring a new work, ‘Metempsychosis’, to original sound by Kris Force.

Ready, Set….

Vangeline alights here tonight! Oh, so excited, truly! For three years in a row, Vangeline has braved the Chicago cold and led us in excruciating and exhilarating training, bringing us closer to ourselves and to each other. We still have space in the evening workshops on Wednesday and Thursday, meaning you should totally come! Consider it a present to yourself ❤

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