Beyond the Box: "Swathe" with Ayako Kato

Beyond the Box: "Swathe" with Ayako Kato

Fri, May 19, 2017

7:30 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10-15

Beyond the Box: Swathe
Beyond the Box: Swathe
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.
Ayako Kato
Ayako Kato
Ayako Kato is an award-winning Japanese native and Chicago-based dancer, choreographer, improviser, teacher, and curator. Influenced by a Japanese view of nature and the philosophy of Tao, Ayako's dance movement encourages to perceive the intangible, the beauty of being as it is, which affirms and nurtures the ephemeral nature and dignity of life. In 2016, she received a 3Arts Award in Dance. She performed her works recently at venues/festivals such as 3Klang Tage, Switzerland; DOEK, Amsterdam, Holland; the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; SpinOff Festival, Chicago Cultural Center. In Summer 2016, Ayako participated in the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) of its National Dance Project (NDP) funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts with the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF), and also performed blue fish -reveal- in Tabito Arts Meeting Festival in Fukushima, Japan. Her recent group work The Incidents was selected for the Best of Dance 2014 in Chicago Tribune. Since 2010, Ayako has been an artist in residence at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater under Chicago Moving Company’s Dance Shelter Program.
www.artunionhumanscape.net
Music/Sound
Music/Sound
Tatsu Aoki, shamisen;
Jason Roebke, double bass;
Ayako Kato, mixing
Rika Lin
Rika Lin
Rika Lin is a Chicago-area native and has been a Japanese classical dance practitioner for over twenty five years. In 2006, as a member of the Fujima Ryu of Chicago dance troupe, she received her natori (stage name), Fujima Yoshinojo. In February 2016, she passed her grandmaster exam in Japan and has attained the level of shihan (teaching license). She also continues to develop her artistry working with Asian Improv aRts Midwest and Toyoaki Shamisen, and has choreographed and performed in collaborations with Tsukasa Taiko, Bellisima Productions, Yoko Noge's Japanesque, and Tatsu Aoki's "Miyumi Project" concerts, as well as the annual "Taiko Legacy" and "Reduction" performances at the MCA.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/