Yumiko Yoshioka - Body Resonance Workshop

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Yumiko Yoshioka - Body Resonance Workshop

Body Resonance The body as a receptacle of time.A dance of metamorphosis inevitably appears.
 The main focus of this workshop is a conscious

By Sara Zalek

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Date and time

Thursday, May 4 · 6 - 9pm CDT


Color Club 4146 North Elston Avenue Chicago, IL 60618

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Body Resonance

The body as a receptacle of time. A dance of metamorphosis inevitably appears.

The main focus of this workshop is a conscious research in the unification of our body/mind/soul, so that we can deeply enjoy the intrinsic process of metamorphosis through the spirit of dance. Through a continuous exploration of our past collective memories, we can strike a vein of abundant creative resources, enriching the essence of our life.

Body resonance is a key to opening up the doors of an ever-changing world inside and outside ourselves, which helps the body to unfold its secrets, holding them up until they shine and tremble. Everything is in resonance with each other. Through a dialogue with our body, we can learn to be moved by inner and outer forces, thus realizing we are a part of the Universe.

2023 Workshop Dates: Thursday-Sunday May 4-7. Thurs/Friday 6-9pm; Saturday 1-5pm/Sunday 2:30-7pm

@Color Club, 4146 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Tickets vary $50-$225. Various packages available, Earlybird tickets are discounted. This workshop does build every day and is best with complete immersion. However, our lives and schedules may not allow for that, so come to as many days as you can. We welcome all curious bodies! The space does have one set of stairs, so is not wheelchair accessible. If there are any access needs questions you have, please contact sara@saratonin.com for details. Volunteer discounts available.

Workshop Content:

*Release exercises, inspired by Noguchi Taiso (Gymnastics), Taichi and Yoga

*breathing exercises

*dynamic training for the flow of energy

*Butoh-related work to activate our universal memories (sensitization, combination of image and movement with antenna exercises such as figure of 8, water ball, animal, insect, snake, witch and fairy, the creatures inside us, hanging body, walking, dialogue with a partner etc)

*structured improvisation, free association

Yumiko Yoshioka is a Japanese Butoh dancer and choreographer from Tokyo. Since 1988 she has been based in Germany. Yumiko is a former member of Ariadone, the first female Butoh company, which was founded by Ko Murobushi and Carlotta Ikeda in 1974. In 1978, she performed with Ko and Carolotta in Paris, LE DERNIER EDEN – PORTE DE L’AU-DELA, the very first Butoh performance to be presented in a public theatre outside Japan. In 1988 she met Minako Seki and delta RA’i in Berlin, with whom she founded tatoeba THÉÂTRE DANCE GROTESQUE. This experience, along with work with the Butoh dancer Kim-Itoh, encouraged Yumiko to start to unfold her own personal style of dancing and choreography.

In 1989 she also started to develop and teach her own form of bodywork. The approach became a pillar of her career as a reflection of her profound understanding of the importance of deepening consciousness of the body, not only in order to dance and express, but also to illuminate our daily life, opening ourselves to the deeper layers of our inner world and rediscovering a subtle beauty in each moment. The strength of this perception led her to create her own method of bodywork, called “Body Resonance”

In 1994, she met JoaXhim Manger and Zam Jhonson. Together they founded TEN PEN CHii ART LABOR, an interdisciplinary and experimental art formation, in which Yumiko dances and emerges as choreographer. Since 1995 she has set up various collaborative projects across Europe. These include: “eX…it!, a Butoh-Related eXchange Festival”, held at Schloss Broellin; Gest-Azione, with Annalisa Maggiani from Italy; and indigo fera art productions with Rena Konstantaki from Greece. Yumiko continues to pioneer Butoh installations and teach her methods internationally.


About the organizer

Organized by
Sara Zalek

Sara Zalek is fierce advocate and business instigator for artists. They currently produce and curate performance related to Butoh and Avant-Garde art making, in an attempt to share an embodied imagination. 

Sara has collaborated in hundreds of unique performance works and creates solo performance installations. Their work has been featured at venues nationally, including Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Hamlin Park, Links Hall, Defibrillator Gallery, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Dance Theatre Workshop (NY), Merce Cunningham Studio (NY), Headwaters Theater (PDX), and have received CAAP grants in 2007 and 2009 for performance works, DCASE and Cheney grants for works in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Sara has been a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, has worked with High Concept Labs, Pentacle, Out of Site Chicago, DCASE, and 3Arts to continue their mission of cross-pollinating audiences, artistic collaborations, and performance in the public realm. They have produced critically acclaimed Post-Butoh Festivals in 2104, 2015, 2017, and 2019. 


$50 – $200