Friday, May 24, 8:30 pm: Ether @ Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.
Featuring: Buzz duo: Jorrit Dijkstra, saxophone (Boston) & Jessica Roseman, dance (Boston); Peter Maunu, strings & Damon D. Green, dance; In Motion duo.
Saturday, June 1, 11 am & Sunday, June 2, 1 pm: Pivot Arts Festival & Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape presents To the shore: ETHOS Episode 1 @ Colvin House, 5940 N Sheridan Rd.
Conceived and Directed by Ayako Kato; Movement Collaboration and Performance by Margaret Morris, Aquarius Ester, Tuli Bera, Lesley Keller, Jasmine Mendoza, Amanda Maraist, Danielle Ross and Ayako Kato; Soundscape by Wilson Tanner Smith and Jason Roebke
Please read the Meet the Artist Interview
How can dance be music? How can music be dance? How can two be one?
Dance & Music Improvisation Featuring: Julia Mayer & Ayako Kato, dance & Jim Becker, music; Lisa Gonzales, dance, Jennifer Kayle, dance, and Jason Palamara, music; Jumaane Taylor, tap dance & Jason Roebke, music; Precious Jennings, dance & Wilson Tanner Smith & Julian Otis, music
Julia Mayer, Jim Becker, and Ayako Kato will offer a sonic and kinetic labyrinth for the viewers to dive into, get lost and find something they have never imagined on the way out.
Thursday & Friday, May 2 & 3, 7:30 pm: Dance Shelter @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater Featuring Artists in Residence Rachel Bunting, Ayako Kato, and guest artist Jessie Young (Brooklyn/NYC). Ayako will be presenting Chicago premiere duet Northern Shadow in collaboration with Corinne Imberski.
Links Hall 40th Anniversary Season: Winter 2019 & Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape presents Self-Centered Selves
Friday – Sun, March 15 – 17, 7:00 pm @ Links Hall, Tickets: ONLINE: $10 Student/Senior, $12 Industrial/Artist, $15 General, RESERVE now!, DOOR: $12 Student/Senior, $15 Industrial/Artist, $17 General
Self-Centered Selves, a transformative performance evening, is a search into: how humans can live calmly among others, other things and intangible phenomena–with the mindful sensitivity and physicality to “Be” well. Experimental dance artist Ayako Kato will premiere her new solo Then, inspired by Alvin Lucier’s music, I am sitting in a room, and accompanied by her own choreographic video installation. She will also premiere a group work, Green Tea, based on her experience of ordering Earl Grey, yet getting green tea at a cafe. With All-Stars Darling Shear, Jasmine Mendoza and Hannah Geil-Neufeld, the piece gracefully invites the audience to reflect on how each of us has depth beyond racial and cultural assumptions/outlooks as an individual and human being: As her previous two shows, the audience will happily experience some participatory elements during/between the pieces. Please visit www.artunionhumanscape.net for more details.
Finding Nature experimental performance concert
Thursday & Friday, December 6 & 7, 7:30 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, Admission: $10
Works by Danielle Gilmore, Corinne Imberski, Mark Kater, Wilson Tanner Smith
“Nature” suggests elements in nature, principles, and character/characteristic. Nature has the power to console and redirect us when we are lost. Finding Nature features dance, movement, music and storytelling expression which each artist created from their own learning experiences from nature within and around.
This concert is produced through a three-month workshop with Ayako Kato at Hamlin Park.
Sunday, October 21, 2018, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602. ALL DAY. Admission: FREE
A day of performances by 45 Chicago dancemakers investigating intersections between Dance, Space, Race, and Place.
Jason Roebke and Ayako Kato will present their duet, Don’t “Forget the Past,” Don’t “Neglect the Present,” Don’t “Fear the Future” at 3 pm, the 1st floor Dance Studio
ImprovisationaLU Festival at Lawrence University
Friday & Sat, October 12 & 13, 2018, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Friday & Saturday, September 28 & 29, 2018, Betty Pease Studio Theater, 1310 N. University Ct., University of Michigan Department of Dance, Ann Arbor, MI Tickets: $10, Reserve HERE!
Formed in 1985, Ann Arbor Dance Works is the resident professional dance company of the University of Michigan Department of Dance. MFA alumni Corinne Imberski and Ayako Kato are honored to present their collaborative duet, Northern Shadow.
Also, Featuring Works by Charli Brissey, Jennifer Harge, Jillian Hopper, Missy Beck & Amy Cova, as well as Doris Humphrey’s iconic 1928 work, Air.
FREEDOM: FORM: FRIENDSHIP
Sunday, July 22, 2018, 19:30, Mime Centrum Berlin, 2nd floor
“impro:per:arts co-celebrating the 40th birthday of Tanzfabrik Berlin with two all-star improvisation lineups” curated by Jagna Anderson
Kirstie Simson – Adam Benjamin – Martin Piliponsky
three renowned international teachers of Sommer Tanz 2018 at Tanzfabrik are united just for this single evening in a dance improvisation
Aki Takase (piano) & Ayako Kato (dance)
Chicago-based choreographer Ayako Kate is meeting on her European Tour the excellent pianist and composer Aki Takase, recently rewarded “The Jazzpreis Berlin 2018”.
AKI ::: Continuity – Acceleration – Variety – but no Sentimentality
AYAKO ::: Stillness – Gravity – Infinity – with natural Sensibility
tickets: 15€ / 10€
Ethos: Ayako’s End of Residency Presentation at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France
Mon, July 2, 2018, 7 pm, Amphitheater – Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France.
Sun, July 15, 2018, Het Bos, Antwerp, Belgium, details TBA
Featuring: Ayako Kato, dance & Jason Roebke, bass; Joachim Badenhorst, saxophone & clarinet; Raphael Vanoli, guitar, Gerri Jaeger, drums, Laurens Smet, electric bass, and Tsubasa Hori, taiko drums/koto.
IN MOTION in Switzerland
Tue, May 29, 2018, 8 pm, FIM, Safe u-mitte, Gerbergasse 30, Basel, www.fimbasel.ch
Urs Leimgruber (Luzern) – Saxofon, Ayako Kato (Chicago/USA) – Tanz
Also featured: LULLABYS – SHELDON SUTTER SOLO Sheldon Sutter (Basel) – Präpariertes Schlagzeug, Zither, Gong; FELIX PROBST SOLO Felix Probst (Basel) – Bass-Saxofon, Elektronik; REFLECTION Tanz trifft Musik
Wed, May 30, 2018, 8 pm, Hauri Atelier, Wuhrplatz 1, Langenthal, www.christophhauri.ch
Urs Leimgruber (Luzern) – Saxofon, Ayako Kato (Chicago/USA) – Tanz
Fri, June 1, 2018, 6 pm, Kunstplattform Akku, Tanzstudio Irina Lorez & Co. Gerliswilerstrasse 23, 6020 Emmenbrücke, www.irinalorez.ch
Irina Lorez (Luzern) – Tanz, Urs Leimgruber (Luzern) – Saxofon, Ayako Kato (Chicago/USA) – Tanz
Thursday & Friday, May 10 & 11, 2018, 7:30 pm at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. Tickets: General Admission $15, Students and Seniors $12. brownpaperticket.com
Works by Rachel Bunting, Ayako Kato, Emma Draves, and re-imagined work by Chicago Moving Company constructed by Chih-Hsien Lin
Monday, April 30, 2018, 4:30 – 6 pm, Multiple Site-Specific Location in Downtown, FREE. RSVP
Ayako will perform near Chicago River across from the renowned tower. Find her and join to sing and sway. The group of people is lead by tour style, starting from the Randolph side entrance of the Chicago Cultural Center.
Links Hall Co-MISSION Fellowship + Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape 20th Anniversary kick-off project
the world premiere
stück 1998 / anchor 2018
– Infinity, Limit, What is Independence (of dance)? –
February 16 – 24, 2018, 7 pm at Links Hall, 3111 N Western Ave. Ticket Online Reservation: General Admission: $10-15 online; $17 at the door. Four Day Discount Pass: $36*Available under Ticketfly listing of Ayako’s show (Jan 17 -). Please pick a singed Artist Book/Calendar 2018 at the Box Office on the Day 1!
Day 1: Friday, February 16: Music/Sound First
Day 2: Sunday, February 18: Dance/Movement First
Day 3: Thursday, February 22: Music and Dance as Equals
Day 4: Saturday, February 24: Independence of Dance/Movement as anchor 2018
Composition by Mandred Werder; Actualization by Corinne Imberski, Wilson Tanner Smith, Jeff Kimmel, Christina Martin, Ayako Kato; Choreographic Direction by Ayako Kato with movement invention with artists; Costume by Amanda Frank; Lighting Design by Ken Urbina
Reflecting upon her collaboration history with music in the past 20 years, Ayako will actualize a part (30 pages) of a 4000-page score stück 1998 written by Swiss Wandelweiser composer Manfred Werder through movement along with dancers, musicians, and a singer. Since the score is allowed to be performed only once, each day, Ayako will present different contents, seeking out what true independence and equality with reciprocity mean as a Japanese female artist. To bring audience mentally and emotionally bring into the rhythm of the work, each performance begins with an opening ceremony, and flower essence and herbal tea blended by urban ecologist Nance Klehm will be served. Visit www.artunionhumanscape.
To support this project, Ayako will be launching a 3AP (3Arts Projects) crowdfunding campaign on January 16 (ending March 2). Contributions will be greatly appreciated and ensure the success of stück 1998/anchor 2018. Please click here (1/16-3/2) to donate now!
Experimental Performance Concert
Thursday & Friday, December 14 & 15, 2017, 7:30 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. Suggested Donation $10
FEATURING WORKS BY:
Sara Zalek & Molly Whedbee, Wilson Tanner Smith, Mitsu Salmon, Harlan Rosen, Chrissy Martin, Chrissy Martin, Mark Kater, Corinne Imberski, Rose Bouboushian
Lighting Design by Jacob Snodgrass
This concert is produced through a three-month workshop of Art of Now III: Creating Experimental Work with Ayako Kato.
This performance is part of U N T E T H E R E D, a 2-week performance project on the eve of winter that includes 2 separate shows/weekends and multiple, distinctive movement artists at the Hamlin Park Theater (all linked under the Chicago Moving Company umbrella).
Monday, November 27, 2017. 7:30 pm @Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.
Ayako Kato, J’Sun Howard and Dahlia Nayar will present their works-in-progress. Ayako will be sharing a part of her “stück 1998/anchor 2018” which she is actualizing a part of the 4000-page score written by Swiss composer Manfred Werder. Please come and share your first impression with me to develop this work!!
Sunday, November 12, 2017. 1 pm @ Alphawood Gallery, 2401 North Halsted St.
Karen Finley will guide artists, Emilio Rojas, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Patricia Nguyen, Amanda Staples, Mitsu Salmon and Ayako Kato, and they will present performances in reflection upon the exhibition “Then They Came For Me” and the current social climate.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12 pm (noon) @ And0 Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago
At the Art Institute Chicago’s gallery designed by internationally acklaimed Japanese architector Tadao Ando, James Becker and Ayako Kato will perform in response to the profound and meditative environment. Details
Elevate Chicago Dance at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7:30 pm, Details and Tickets HERE
Works by Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, Lucky Plush Productions, Hedwig Dances, and Ayodele Drum & Dance
Jim Becker & Ayako Kato
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 8:30 pm @ Constellation, 3111 N. Western Avenue, $10
Performers: James Becker, various instruments: violin, voice, bells, percussions
Studio, Live and Soundtrack Musician Jim Becker ( Califone, Iron and Wine, Dirty Three, Mind Over Mirrors) and contemporary dancer Ayako Kato collaborate together for the first time. Please observe how their experienced craft of sound and movement emerge and merge the world of ephemera.
Jim: “I am a huge fan of Ayako’s Dance Movement and psyched to collaborate with her.”Ayako: “Why do we perform? Jim taught me from our first conversation there is no wall between creating a work and improvising.”
Ayako: “Why do we perform? While the first conversation with Jim, he completed knocking down my mental wall between creating a choreographic work (even taking five years) and improvising.”
Pivot Arts Festival presents
What is Movement? is a dance-based inquiry into movement and stillness. The project proposes a perpetual question and exhibits the states of unity and eternity residing in our ephemeral being. The work fosters the perception of that which emerges between the body and the environment through the interplay of dynamics. The experiments of What is Movement?
Performance and Collaboration by Jessica Cornish, Mark Diaz, Precious Jennings, Mark Kater, Jasmine Mendoza, Corrine Imberski, Megan Schneeberger, William Skaleski, Wilson Tanner Smith, Jia Zhao, Ayako Kato
Sound by Manfred Werder (recorded); Wilson Tanner Smith (live)
Conceived and Directed by Ayako Kato
Split bill with “soften every edge” by Synapse Arts
Flak Performance Series: High Concept Labs
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:30 pm @ INTUIT, 756 N Milwaukee Avenue, $10 Suggested Donation
Ayako will perform a work in progress of “Then” which is her new movement experiment inspired by Alvin Lucier’s “I am sitting in a room.” The evening also features A.PE.RI.OD.IC, and the group and Kato will present a short collaborative improvisation piece.
Beyond the Box – “Swathe” with Ayako Kato
Collaboration & Performance by Rika Lin & Ayako Kato
Beyond the Box is a Spring 2017 performance series at Links Hall. Curated by Yoshinojo Fujima (Rika Lin).
The original concept sprung forth from the Kabuki piece with the tragically fated character of Kasane. Able to only exact revenge by possessing another, Kasane becomes the vessel for a vengeful spirit. Commissioned by and in collaboration with Yoshinojo Fujima, Ayako reflects upon the image of the traditional Japanese female and contemporary gender equity in relation to her own journey.
This Beyond the Box series articulates Yoshinojyo Fujima’s 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.
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents the world premiere of Ayako Kato’s
“Kato was a miracle of suspension and detail, fluid thought embodied in seemingly effortless movement,” – Molzahn, Chicago Tribune
Choreography and Performance by Ayako Kato; Music by Christian Wolfarth, György
blue fish preview from Ayako Kato on Vimeo.
Fri & Sat, April 21 & 22 (Earth Day), 2017, 7 pm, Admission FREE (first come, first served) @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion*, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 MAP and Image of the entrance
Drawing upon a traditional Japanese view of nature and the philosophy of Tao, blue fish is a solo contemporary dance performance that encourages the audience to perceive the intangible, the beauty of being as it is, which affirms and nurtures the ephemeral nature and dignity of life. Evoking a sense of hope, blue fish explores the possibility for equilibrium, embracing both stillness and chaos as the paths for transformation when we recognize that we are nature itself. This premiere coincides with the worldwide celebration of Earth Day.
*Performances are within the Enclosed Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage: Enter on the west side of the Pavilion, 1 block south of Randolph Street. Entrance is at street level. Staff and signs will guide you. (CTA: Brown Line, Randolph/Wabash Sta.; Red Line, Lake Sta.; Blue Line, Washington Sta.; Enter on the west side of the Pavilion, 1 block south of Randolph Street. Entrance is at street level.)
*Lantern Workshop – Fri & Sat, April 21 & 22, 2017, 5:30 pm @ Choral Rehearsal Room at Jay Pritzker Pavilion 2nd Floor. Create your own lantern to be used for the performance! Space is limited, RSVP now: bluefishdanceproject@
*NatureDanceOut – summer/autumn 2017, please visit Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks Calendar or My Chi Park App
For Related Events and more information, visit: www.artunionhumanscape.net
For accessible seating and other questions, please contact: bluefishdanceproject@
blue fish is supported in part by: the Chicago Park District; Chicago Moving Company Artist in Residence; and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events: The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information about DCASE Theater & Dance programming, visit www.cityofchicago.org/
Chicago Moving Company presents
Dance Shelter -works by artists in resident & guest artists
Ayako will present Tuning as duo with Peter Maunu (guitar, violin and mandolin) on Thursday, 3/2 and as trio with Maunu and Jason Roebke (double bass) on Friday, 3/3. Tuning as a type of refinement, tuning “in” as opposed to “out”, finding a desired frequency, the artists represent how the state of others and themselves can create the superb moments of coexistence.
Also featured on the bill: Gravity Falls a new, work-in-progress by Bessie-Award-winning choreographer Timothy Buckley; Mobius by CMC’s 2016 guest choreographer Saiko Kino and performed by the Chicago Moving Company; and new work by noted experimentalist/CMC Artist in Residence: Rachel Bunting/The Humans. Bunting “a mad scientist of dance, whose ingenuity is ever teetering on the edge of brilliance” (Warnecke, Art Intercepts), continues her surreal, stupendous grappling with the modern and natural world.
Ayako will present blue fish -reveal- and also teach What is Movement? workshop as part of Terra Incognita Art Series: Artists Exploring our New Ecological Epoch presented by University of Wisconsin Center for the Humanities with the Arts and Literature Laboratory.
blue fish -reveal-: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:30pm @ Arts & Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St. Madison, WI
Tue, December 6, 2016, 9 pm @ Cafe Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee Ave. Ayako Kato will join in double bassist Darin Gray and perform improvisation.
Fri & Sat, December 16 & 17, 2016, 7:30 pm @Museum of Contemporary Art
Ayako will present a ten min piece Rikiyu (力用) in collaboration with Tatsu Aoki/Tsukasa Taiko. The exhibition of the new style of fusion between east and west features Japanese taiko & classical music/dance in conjunction with Free Jazz/Improvisation masters, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, Nicole Mitchell and more. Info & Reservation
blue fish Performance:
SpinOff presents blue fish III -reveal-
blue fish Experiential Special Event:
Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks & Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape presents
blue fish festival at Northerly Island
*Moved to the next day in case of rain
Let’s reflect upon human relationship with nature. Through “Who is taking care of nature?” walk with Nance Klehm, find what can contribute to offer new habitats for animals, birds, insects and plants. Along with easy improvisational movement exercises and based on our experiences, find motion and let’s create a human landscape movement/dance together.
Concept and Stage Direction: Anton Juan
An interdisciplinary sacred music drama with the premiere of a new cantata for soloists, chorus and chamber orchestra by Robert Kyr. Ayako Kato will be a guest choreographer and dancer in Paradiso and performing with Corinne Imberski and Jessica Cornish. Kristina Isabelle will be choreographing Inferno.
blue fish in Fukushima & Tokyo, Japan
Sat, August 13, 2016, 11 am – 2 pm, Iwaki Tabito Art Meeting. blue fish movement installation at the river band (near Yamamoto Home), Fukushima, Japan.
Fri, September 2, 2016, Time: 7:30 pm, Kyudo Kaikan. blue fish -reveal-, excerpt, as a part of MOBIUS concert presented by Chicago Moving Company & Saiko Kino Japan Project.
Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks & Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape presents
blue fish festival (summer)
Register HERE Now!
*Moved to the next day in case of rain
Admission FREE. Open to all ages/experiences (Children under 12 have to be accompanied by parents).
Let’s reflect upon human relationship with nature. Through easy improvisational movement exercises, find motion and create a human landscape together along with eco-friendly craft/installation art workshop.
High Concept Labs presents
Wed, June 8, 2016, Door Open at 7 pm; Guided Tour begins at 7:30 pm; Movement Installation begins at 8 pm @ 6th floor of Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 S. Throop St. MAP (Entrance is located on the east side of the building from the parking lot. Free parking is available.) Admission: $10 Reserve your tickets now clicking HERE!
What is Movement? is a dance-based inquiry into movement and stillness. The project proposes a perpetual question and exhibits the states of unity and eternity residing in our ephemeral being. The work fosters perception of that which emerges between the body and the environment through the interplay of dynamics. The experiments of What is Movement? rediscover the value of life in motion and capture intangible transformative states of being.
Cast: Corinne Imberski, Jessica Cornish, Nora Sharp and “What is Movement?” workshop fully attended participants.
Check out also “What is Movement?” workshop on May 22, 29 and June 5 at HCL.
Thu & Fri, May 12 & 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne MAP
A rich evening of dance! Three young and emerging choreographers, Lyndsae Rinio, Helen Lee and Karen Yatsko, selected from D49 , Karla Beltchenko, new arts partner in residence of Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater of the Chicago Moving Company and two artists in residence, Rachel Bunting and Ayako Kato will present their works.
Ayako will present music and dance ensemble. Dance: Corinne Imberski, Jessica Cornish, Ayako Kato; Music: Jason Roebke, double bass (May 12th), Josh Berman, cornet (May 13th)
DOEK FESTIVAL 2016, Amsterdam, Holland
Monday, May 2, 8:30 pm (cafe opens at 7:30 pm) @ Bimhuis
Monday Match: Music and Dance Improv Lab: Ayako will travel with Darrell Jones, Julia Mayer, Jessica Marasa and Josh Anderson to Amsterdam’s DOEK FESTIVAL to collaborate with renowned musicians as a part of Links Hall/Constellation’s ABC (Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago) Program.
Wednesday, May 4, 5 pm, Location TBA: Amsterdam Chicago Dance Collaboration Finale
3KLANG TAGE ZUG – [IN] [DETERMINACY]
Thursday – Saturday, April 28 – 30, 2016, 8 pm (20:00) @ THEATER IM BURGBACHKELLER, Zug, Switzerland MAP
A continually changing sculpture – virtual delimitation of sound, movement and light in different formations and combinations
Hildegard Kleeb, Zug, Klavier; Roland Dahinden, Zug, Posaune/Alphorn; Urs Leimgruber, Luzern, Saxophon; Leonzio Cherubini, Lausanne, Percussion; Yvonne Christen Vágner, Zürich, Skulptur; Fine Kwiatkowski, Marienthal, D, Tanz; Ayako Kato, Chicago, Tanz
Yvonne Christen: Installation with light and glasses, filled with water and in the water is a sheet of plastic printed with photos of stars. 1st part 20 glasses spread out through the space; Ayako Kato; sax + percussion; 2nd part 20 glasses, all in one place; Fine; trombone + piano
1st part; empty space; white retangle of light on the floor; Fine; piano + sax + percussion; 2nd part; Installation by Yvonne: same light on a low table with tea cups on it with sheets of plastic printed with photos of colours in them; Ayako; trombone/alphorn; 3rd part Alvin lucier: “nothing is real” performed by hildegard (tea pot and piano)
Yvonne: 3 videos; [IN] [DETERMINACY] by Leonzio Cherubini for Trio + Quartett / free combinations of instruments and dance, may be together with video or in between; Mio Chareteau “white piece” performed by Hildegard
Photo: Urs Leimgruber and Ayako Kato by Ralph Kuehne
blue fish work-in-progress showing
Tue, February 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm @ Millersville University
Bryan Saner and Ayako Kato will travel to Millersville University (by Megabus) for their two day blue fish residency in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on February 8th and 9th. They will give three workshops and receive Stream Excursion from Prof. John Wallace, Director of Center for Environmental Sciences of Millersville University. They will wrap up their residency with newly rehearsed one hour version of blue fish.
Sat, December 19 at 7:30 pm @ Tatsu Aoki/Tsukasa Taiko Reduction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Ayako performs solo Ura with Takane Umeya (Japan), kotsuzumi; Jonathan Chen (New York), electronics, and members of Tsukasa Taiko; Mask by Gwendolyn Terry
Reduction forefronts taiko’s central role in the musical experimentation of 1970s Tokyo. Directed by creative artist Tatsu Aoki, this hybrid program owes much to Aoki’s roots in a well-known artisan family and his role in Tokyo’s new wave of performance art. In contrast to the popular appeal of Taiko Legacy, the companion matinee program by Tsukasa Taiko that features ensemble work by three generations of taiko players, Reduction explores the quieter contours of space, silence, time, weight, and visual imagery to connect the viewer to the less obvious elements of beauty inherent in today’s Japanese art forms.
AUH, Photo by Taeko Ishikawa
Thu, December 10 at 9 pm @ Elastic Arts, Art Union Humanscape Duo
blue fish II
Photo by Daniel Guidara
The nuanced movement dialogue between Kato and Saner reflects upon the dysfunction and equilibrium of human behavior. Offered with experiential activities, blue fish II embodies movement as the means to transformation.
RSVP for “Practice of Being” Workshop on Nov 14 lead by Bryan Saner and Ayako Kato *It was sold out, yet now 3 more spots are available!
“Origin of Water” Hiking on Nov 21 lead by Nance Klehm, 10 more spots are available!
Saturdays & Sundays, October 31, 11 am & 1 pm, November 1, 7 & 8, 1 pm and 3 pm. Pivot Arts presents Memory Tour First Look: The tour starts at 5539 N. Broadway Avenue. 10 audience members will be led through a kaleidoscope of memories and experiences taking place in a vacant building in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. For more details click HERE
RSVP: email email@example.com with your name, cell phone number, how many people and the date/time of your request. Confirmation will be sent. Suggested donation of $10 at the door.
Sat, October 24, 2015, 2 – 3 pm as a part of The Freedom Principles exhibition @ 4th floor, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Duo by Jason Roebke, double bass and Ayako Kato, dance.
Mon, October 26, 2015, 7 pm, Jessica Marasa’s Jewel Tone
MUSIC, COURAGE AND REMEMBRANCE- AN INTER-ARTISTIC EVENT OF DANCE, ART AND SINGING
CARMEN-HELENA TELLEZ, artistic and music director; AYAKO KATO, dance and choreography; GWENDOLYN TERRY, visual arrangement & installation art; CHRISTOPHER PREISSING, soundscapes
SHARON HARMS, soprano soloist; CHRISTOPHER FRENCH, clarinet; DANIEL STEIN, violin; NATASHA STOJANOVSKA, piano; ALLISON EVANS AND SARAH MARTIN, video art
Jacquelyn Matava, Gregory Geehern, Jason Eck, Jamie Caporizo, Samantha Dotterweich, Benjamin Liupaogo, Wesley Dunnagan, Justin Appel, Joshua Boggs, Jessica Bush, and Elliott Smith.
Wed, August 26, 2015, 8:30 pm @ Splice Series, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont: Ayako collaborates with Peter Maunu, guitar; Albert Wildeman, double bass; Katherine Young, bassoon
Thu, June 25, 6 pm (Family program on the same day at 1:15 pm), Of Heaven & Earth, First Niagara Stage, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT & Fri, June 26, 7:30 pm, Medallion Opera House, Gorham, NH.
Memory does many jobs for us to be present. Take a small journey with Jessie Marasa and Ayako Kato to recognize who we are as humans by balancing on our bizarre, yet wistful human actions of organizing, keeping and discarding memories.
Pivot Arts Festival May 28 – June 7
For more information visit: pivotarts.org/festival
Thu & Fri, May 7 & 8, 2014, 7:30 pm, Dance Shelter @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, General $15, Student/Senior $12 Reserve Tickets Now! Featured Works by Chicago Moving Company founder Nana Shineflug, Experimentalists/CMC Artists in Residence: Rachel Bunting/The Humans and Ayako Kato (in collaboration with Bryan Saner); Premieres by 3 young dancemakers, selected from CMC’s D49 Festival: Lydia Feuerhelm, Joanna Furnans, Christopher Knowlton
Mon, May 4, 2015, 8:30 pm, Music & Dance Collaboration with Instant Composers Pool (ICP, Holland) @ the Constellation, MAP, Admission FREE! Precious Jennings, Jessica Marasa and Ayako Kato perform with legendary musicians from Amsterdam, Holland: Han Bennink – Drums, Mary Oliver – Violin, Michael Moore – Reeds, Tristan Honsinger – Cello
Wed, April 8, 2015, 7:30 pm, Dance & Classics @ Sugamo Church, Tokyo, Japan: Organ: Yoshitada Watanabe; Piano: Keiko Nakano; Dance: Saiko Kino, Ayako Kato
Sat, March 14, 2015, 9 pm, Art Union Humanscape @ Dreamland, Louisville, KY. Duo by Jason Roebke, bass; Ayako Kato, dance; Trio joined by Tim Barnes, percussion.
Fri, February 27, 2015, 9:30pm, James Falzone’s Renga Ensemble @ Constellation, Chicago, IL. Opening performance by James Falzone, clarinet; Ned Rothenberg, shakuhachi; Ayako Kato, dance.
Mon, February 23, 2015, 7 pm, Jewel Tone – Orange at the Constellation: Presented by Jessica Marasa; Michael Zerang, percussion; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Jessica Marasa & Ayako Kato, dance.
Sat, December 20, 2014, 7:30 pm, Reduction at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago will feature collaboration between Japanese taiko drum group Tsukasa Taiko and Ayako Kato. Dance by Precious Jennings and Ayako Kato.
photo by Ken Carl
Tickets & Production Info: http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/tsukasa-taiko-reduction/
Sun, November 16, 6:30 pm, DanceMoves Showcase @ Gerald Arpino Black Box Theatre, Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph will feature works by four choreographers of DanceMoves Choreographic Competition: Connor Cornelius, Ayako Kato, Taylor Mitchell, Liv Schaffer, and DanceWorks Chicago alum Greg Blackmon. Don’t miss this culmination event!!
Fri, November 14, 2:30-3:30 pm, Dance Bytes @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts will present Ayako’s latest group work set for DanceWorks Chicago company members through DanceMoves Choreography Competition. Ayako choreographs the piece inspired by the music by Sun Ra who was sent to the earth a hundred years ago.
Mon, November 3, 2014, 7 pm, Peep Show @ Links Hall will present instant-experimental choreographic show of music by Alex Temple, choreography by Enid Smith + Ayako Kato. Dance by Precious Jennings, Jessie Marasa, Ayako Kato.
Tue, October 14, 8 pm, ‘in motion’ @ Mullbau, Lucerne, Switzerland: Urs Leimgruber, saxophone & Ayako Kato, dance
Fri & Sat, September 26 & 27, 2014, 9 pm (Fri) & 5 pm (Sat), 2014, blue fish will be featured as a part of DUMBO Dance Festival at the WHITE WAVE John Ryan Theater, 25 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY. Watch excerpt on Vimeo. Admission: FREE/Suggested Donation $10/What you will pay; Detailed schedule
Sat & Sun, June 7 & 8, 2014, 3 pm, The Incidents happens as a part of Pivot Arts Festival 2014: Art Meets Science at Palm Court (4th floor) of Loyola University’s Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, 1020 N. Sheridan Road. This 75 minute dance installation reveals principles of being under LAWS OF MOTION. Watch Vimeo.
Dance: Precious Jennings, Jessica Marasa, Ayako Kato; Music: Brian Labycz, Jason Roebke, Seijiro Murayama; Costume: Amanda Franck; Direction: Ayako Kato
Ayako will be performing in 遊 (Yu – play), a solo dance with 5 taiko drummers.
Saturday, November 16, 2013 @ Museum of Contemporary Art map
Chicago Dancemakers Forum Break out! Celebrating ten years of supporting new work by Chicago dancemakers
Ayako will be presenting her solo Recurrence on stage at 1:30 pm and her eternal figure 8 group piece Incidents II with refined dancers, Precious Jennings and Maggie Koller, as installation at the 2nd floor atrium at 3:30 pm.
Monday, November 4, 2013, 7:30 pm @ Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. map
DIMENSIONS & EXTENSIONS
This is the third show in our improvisers series that will see the above musicians and dancers mix and match in various groups throughout the night to create improvised performances. None of the participants will know what groupings will happen until they arrive.
Friday, October 11, 11am @ Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, October 12, 11am @ Garfield Park Conservatory
James Falzone’s Improvisus Collective
James Falzone: clarinet
Ellen McSweeney: violin
Ayako Kato: dance
JulieAnn Graham: dance
Improvisus, the Latin root of improvisation, means unforeseen and this first-time meeting of four of Chicago’s most experienced improvisers will result in new combinations of sound and movement.
Friday & Saturday, September 27 & 28, 2013, 7:30 pm @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn map
Winifred Haun & Dancers and Leopold Group team up to explore a shared choreographic lineage and curate an evening of dance. Featuring new works by Winifred Haun, Lizzie Leopold, Ayako Kato, Lisa Thurrell, Peter Sparling and a re-imagining of Martha Graham’s 1930 solo “Lamentation” as a part of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s ongoing “Lamentations Variations” project.
May 31 – June 2, 2013, Fri & Sat, 6:30 pm, Sun, 2 pm @ Dance Studio, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape 15th Anniversary Concert, Let Be – the evening of experimental dance, music and video
Musicians: Hamid Drake, Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke
Video: Edyta Stepien; Dancers: Precious Jennings, Maggie Koller, Ayako Kato
Costume: Amanda Franck
Thursday & Friday, 5/16 & 17, 7:30 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater
NEXT 2013 presented by Mordine & Co. features up-and-coming choreographers Liana Percoco and Penelope Hearne, and a new work by company member Monica Thomas, in collaboration with videographer Jason Chiu along with pre-recorded video and live streamed video. Invited as a guest choreographer and alumna of Shirley Mordine’s mentoring program, Kato will present her solo Untitled 2 which the series dig into human unconsciousness to physically designate indescribable complicacy and simplicity of human existence. The piece take its stand on the interrelated balance between composition and improvisation as each moments of life does.
Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:30 pm @ Constellation/Links Hall
Constellation & Links Hall Present: Excursions
Ari Brown Quartet; Ryley Walker; Kristina Isabelle; Ayako Kato, Jason Roebke & Josh Berman; Paige Cunningham Caldarella; The Numero Group’s Rob Sevier
$15.00 – $20.00
Wednesday, 3/13, 7 pm @ Empty Bottle map (Ayako goes at 8 pm with Asimina Chremos, dance on Skype, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Cello; Michael Zerang, drums)
Articular Facet 3
Sunday, 3/3, 12:30pm: Dear BACH – Cello Suites one by one
Toward collaboration with dancer/choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin in the future, Ayako starts to share her creative process at St. Luke’s Church on Sundays by showing each suite from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite (BWV 1007 – 1012). On 3/3, Suite #5 & 6 will be presented by Ayako Kato.
St. Luke’s Lutheran – Logan Square, 2649 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Suggested Donation Welcome
Friday, 12/21, 7:30 pm & Saturday, 22, 3 pm: Tsukasa Taiko Taiko Legacy
As a guest performer, Ayako Kato will collaborate with this powerful and tight Taiko ensemble to perform Zaon − 座音.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 222 E Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Tickets: http://www.mcachicago.org/performances/now/all/2012/883
Sundays, 11/25 & 12/16, 2/17, 12:30pm: Dear BACH – Cello Suites one by one
On 11/25, Suite #1 by Nejla Y. Yatkin & Ayako Kato, On 12/6, Suite #2 by Ayako Kato, On 2/17, Suite #3 by Nejla Y. Yatkin, and Suite #4 by Yatkin and Ayako Kato.
Toward collaboration with dancer/choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin in the future, Ayako starts to share her creative process at St. Luke’s Church on Sundays by showing each suite from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite (BWV 1007 – 1012). On 11/25, Najla and Ayako shows Suite #1. On 12/16, Ayako will perform Suite #2 as solo. Nejla will come back next time with her solo for Suite #3 in January.
St. Luke’s Lutheran – Logan Square, 2649 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Suggested Donation Welcome
Thursdays and Fridays, Oct 11 & 12, Oct 18 & 19, 2012: Existencia Esencia, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.
7:15 pm Installation begins, 7:30 pm Performance starts
Chicago-based Japanese dancer/choreographer Ayako Kato creates sonic and kinetic environments which explore interrelation between chance and necessity. Her experimental works aim at sculpting and weaving energy through human existence. Incidents II, a trio inspired by the ripple effect and the trajectories of figure eight, through year-long reconstructing process by merging with installation. Octet is a collaboration between a free jazz large ensemble and dance. The musicians create layers of harmonic density that wax and wane while dancers explore repetition and stasis to create a multi-layered construction. Chicago premiere Dear BACH – Goldberg Variations is a 51 min solo dance work that exhibits a journey of resistance, negation and affirmation of imperfect being among imperfect contemporary conditions.
Choreography / Movement Direction: Ayako Kato
Incidents II: Dance: Precious Jennings, Maggie Koller, Ayako Kato; Music Composition: Jason Roebke, Brian Labycz
Octet: Music lead by Jason Roebke, double bass; Jim Baker, piano (11th & 12th); Josh Berman, cornet (11th – 19th); Jason Stein, bass clarinet (11th & 18th); Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone (11th – 19th); Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone (18th & 19th); Matt Schneider, guitar (11th – 19th); Mike Reed, drums (18th & 19th); Nick Broste, trombone (11th – 19th), Adam Vida, drums (11th)
Octet Dance: The Space / Movement Project (11th & 12th); JulieAnn Graham (18th & 19th), Liz Joynt Sandberg (18th), Carleen Healy (19th), Maggie Koller (18th & 19th) and Precious Jennings (18tth & 19th )
Dear BACH – Goldberg Variations: Dance: Ayako Kato, Music credit: J.S. Bach
*The piece will be performed on Thu, Oct 11th and Fri, Oct 19th with the 1981 recording by Glen Gould on piano and on Fri, Oct 12th and Thu, Oct 18th with the 1965 recording by Gustav Leonhardt on harpsichord.
Lighting: Chris Wooten
Costume: Amanda Franck
Advance Tickets available at FanFueled.com: General $15, Students/Seniors $10, Tickets for Two $25
Tickets at the Door: General $20, Students/Seniors $15, Tickets for Two $30
Contact: furyuayajp(at)gmail.com, 312-330-4171