Beyond the Box: Mai Ougi

Beyond the Box: Mai Ougi

Fri, April 21, 2017

7:30 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10-15

Beyond the Box
Beyond the Box
Beyond the Box: A series programmed by Links Hall Curatorial Resident Rika Lin

Beyond the Box is a Spring 2017 performance series at Links Hall. Curated by Yoshinojo Fujima (Rika Lin), this series articulates her alternative interpretation of traditional Japanese classical dance works. Confounding the boundaries of social expectations and expanding beyond the limitations set by gender roles in the form, Fujima's series highlights female dance makers who are reshaping traditional roles to which female performers are restricted in Japanese classical dance. The works and artists presented in Beyond the Box, push us to address the social landscape of our time and reconsider the global positioning of women and how they are portrayed. The resulting presentations offer a restructured context for these female performers who are expanding their own portrayals in environments enhanced by experimental musicians.

Co-produced by Anna Trier, Brett Swinney, and Brian Lee.
Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki is a leading advocate for the Asian American community, a prolific composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. Aoki was born into the Toyoakimoto artisan family in Tokyo, a traditional house for training and booking geisha, and began performing from the age of four. Aoki is now one of the most in-demand performers of bass, shamisen, and taiko, contributing more than ninety recording projects and touring internationally during the last twenty-five years. Aoki is the Founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, which observed its twentieth year in 2015. Named President of San Francisco–based Asian Improv Records (AIR) in 1999, he has managed or produced more than forty AIR albums. Aoki was named one of 2001’s "Chicagoans of the year" by Chicago Tribune for his cross cultural music.
Jamie Kempkers
Jamie Kempkers
Jamie Kempkers studied cello with Dr. Robert Ritsema and recording with John Erskine at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has been living in Chicago, playing improvised and/or experimental music since 2001. Past and current collaborators include Tatsu Aoki, Jonathan Chen, Grandmaster Rika Lin, and Dawei Wang.
Lori Ashikawa
Lori Ashikawa is a violinist with the Joffrey Ballet orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, and Chicago Opera Theater and has performed with Music of the Baroque, Chicago Symphony, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and Goodman and Steppenwolf Theaters. Lori specializes in early music performance on the baroque violin, and was a member of the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and the Chicago period ensemble Baroque Band for 9 years. She currently plays baroque violin with the Haymarket Opera Company. Lori is a shamisen student of Tatsu Aoki and lives in Chicago with husband, two cats, and a garden full of scorpion peppers.
Kioto Aoki
Kioto Aoki
Kioto Aoki is a taiko artist and core member of Tsukasa Taiko, a program of Asian Improv aRts. She has been playing taiko since the age of 7 and often shares the stage with AACM members Avreeayl Ra, Mwata Bowden and Ed Wilkerson Jr. At professional venues in Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Harris Theater, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, as well as Elastic Arts and Constellation. Kioto is a recipient of the Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program from the Illinois Arts Council and recent projects include Yoko Ono’s Skylanding Project in Jackson Park.

Kioto is also a photographer and filmmaker and an MFA candidate at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work focuses on notions of attention and perception, currently investigating the space between the still and the moving image in relation to the analogue image-making process.
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/