Performances

Upcoming:

Experimental Performance Concert

Stuck Foot Open Hand Running Mouth – Metaphors are Real

Thursday & Friday, December 14 & 15, 2017, 7:30 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. Suggested Donation $10

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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

RSVP HERE

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).

Past:

Links Hall Co-MISSION Work-in-Progress Showing

Monday, November 27, 2017. 7:30 pm @Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.

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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!!

Karen Finley’s Welcome Home: Creative Resistance, Belonging and Safe Spaces

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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.

 

Artists Connect: Ayako Kato & James Becker  at The Art Institute of Chicago: Ando Gallery 

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

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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

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Photo by William Frederking

Jim Becker & Ayako Kato

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 8:30 pm @ Constellation, 3111 N. Western Avenue, $10

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Performers: James Becker, various instruments: violin, voice, bells, percussions, electronics and more;  Ayako Kato, dance

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? 

Sun, June 4, 2017, 3 pm & 7 pm @ FLATSstudio, 1136 W. Wilson Ave. MAP  Admission: $10-15  
Tickets available at Pivot Arts Festival website

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? rediscover the value of life in motion and capture intangible transformative states of being.

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

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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.

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Beyond the Box – “Swathe” with Ayako Kato

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Fri, May 19, 2017, 7:30 pm @ Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. MAP Admission: $10-15  
Tickets available at Ticketfly

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

blue fish 

“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 WolfarthGyörgy Ligeti

blue fish preview from Ayako Kato on Vimeo.

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.)

RELATED EVENTS:

*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@gmail.com

*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@gmail.com 

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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/dcase.

Chicago Moving Company presents

Dance Shelter -works by artists in resident & guest artists

Thu & Fri, March 2 & 3, 2017, 7:30 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne MAP  Admission: $15/$12  
Tickets available mid-Feb at www.brownpapertickets.com

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, 3/3Tuning 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.

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Terra Incognita Art Series

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, 7:30pmArts & Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St. Madison, WI

What is Movement? workshop: Friday, February 17, 2017, Noon – 1:30 pm @ Village Cohousing Community,1110 Mound St. Madison, WI 53715, Question & Registration: terra.incognita.art@gmail.com

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RATCHET SERIES

Tue, December 6, 2016, 9 pm @ Cafe Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee Ave. Ayako Kato will join in double bassist Darin Gray and perform improvisation.

REDUCTION 

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

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blue fish Performance:

SpinOff presents                                                                                        blue fish III -reveal-

Choreography and Performance by Ayako Kato
 
The final work in progress toward April 2017 premiere
 
“a powerful, captivating force to behold in motion; the richness and nuance of her movement will change the way you look at dance.” – Newcity

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i am an anonymous being 
still … is equilibrium possible?
Fri & Sat, Oct 28 & 29, 2016, 7 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
201 E Randolph St, Chicago
*For seating, please enter on the west side of Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 1 block south of Randolph Street. Entrance is at street level. Staff and signs will guide you.  MAP
Admission: FREE, no registration required (just mark on your calendar!!)
 
Split Bill with Megan Young | MegLouise
This event is supported by DCASE (Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event)

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

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Sat, Oct 22*, 2016, 2 – 5 pm, Northerly Island
 *Moved to the next day in case of rain
Admission FREE. Open to all ages/experiences (Children and youth under 16 have to be accompanied by parents/guardians).
Humanscape movement workshop by Ayako Kato + “Who is taking care of nature?” walk with Nance Klehm (Oct)

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.

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 Journeying La Divina Commedia 

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Sat & Sun, Oct 8 & 9, 2016
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame
Artistic Director and Conductor: Carmen-Helena Terez

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.

Guest Artists and Cast

blue fish in Fukushima & Tokyo, Japan

Art Meeting

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!

blue_fish_3_AYAKO_KATO_BRYAN_SANER_11x14_PHOTO_RALPH_KUEHNEPhoto by Ralph Kuehne

Sat, July 16*, 2016, 5 – 8 pm, North Park Village Nature Center
*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).

Humanscape movement workshop with Bryan Saner and Ayako Kato + eco-friendly craft workshop with Gwen Terry

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.

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High Concept Labs presents                                                                         

“What is Movement?” exhibition/performance

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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.

DANCE SHELTER

Thu & Fri, May 12 & 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne MAP

Ayako Kato by Bill Frederking Photo by Bill Frederking

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 LabAyako 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

3KlangTageA 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

 

April 28th

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

April 29th

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)

April 30th

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

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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 

Photo by Bill Frederking

Photo by Bill Frederking

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.

 

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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.

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Thu, December 10 at 9 pm @ Elastic Arts, Art Union Humanscape Duo

 

blue fish II

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Sat, November 14 at 6:00 pm & Sun, November 15 at Noon @ SpinOff Festival, Chicago Cultural Centerblue fish II in collaboration with Bryan Saner.

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 FREE performance tickets

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 info@pivotarts.org 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

Mon, October 12, 2015, Door 7 pm, Performance 7:30 pm, OPTION @ ESS (Experimental Sound Studio), MAP, Rob Lundberg, solo bass; Art Union Humanscape Duo: Jason Roebke & Ayako Kato

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SACRED MUSIC AT BUCHANAN CHAPEL & NOTRE DAME
A production of Kosmologia Intermedia Project and NON:op Open Opera

 

Wednesday, September 16, 7 pm @ Buchanan Chapel of Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Ave. (at North Michigan Ave.), Chicago, IL: MAP  Admission: FREE

 

Friday, September 18, 7:30 pm @ Patricia George Decio MainStage Theater, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, 100 Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame, IN 46566: MAP Admission: FREE (Reservation Recommended HERE)
 
Music, Courage and Remembrance is an inter-artistic event of dance, art and singing celebrating the music of Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran, former Resident Composer of the Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera.In this co-production of Kosmologia Inter-Arts Vocal Project and NON:op Open Opera, dancer and choreographer Ayako Kato, (praised as “Best of Dance” for her choreographic work The Incidents by the Chicago Tribune)  joins forces with installation artist Gwendolyn Terry and soundscape designer and composer Christopher Preissing to develop an immersive experience around  Shulamit Ran’s haunting music. Carmen-Helena Téllez performs as artistic director and conductor. This is a free event.

CARMEN-HELENA TELLEZ, artistic and music director; AYAKO KATO, dance and choreography; GWENDOLYN TERRY, visual arrangement & installation art; CHRISTOPHER PREISSING, soundscapes

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SHARON HARMS, soprano soloist; CHRISTOPHER FRENCH, clarinet; DANIEL STEIN, violin; NATASHA STOJANOVSKA, piano; ALLISON EVANS AND SARAH MARTIN, video art

and

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.

Aaron Lager-Caplan Poster

Collaboration with guitarist Aaron Larger-Caplan. Performing music by J.S. Bach, Ken UenoTōru Takemitsu and Keigo Fujii.

Sat & Sun, June 6 & 7, 2015, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm, Memory Bank at 1050 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. as a part of Pivot Arts Festival

Jessie_Ayako_Memory_Bankphoto by Ken Carl

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 FurnansChristopher Knowlton

blue fish by Paula Lobo Photo by Paula Lobo

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

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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.

Mon, January 12, 2015,  7 pm, 3-on-3 at the Constellation  will feature rare collaboration between Tomeka Reid, cello; Gwen Terry, artist; and Ayako Kato.

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 Tower10 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.

IncidentsII_by_Nadia Oussenko_DSC_3814Photo by Nadia Oussenko

Dance: Precious Jennings, Jessica Marasa, Ayako Kato; Music: Brian Labycz, Jason Roebke, Seijiro Murayama; Costume: Amanda Franck; Direction: Ayako Kato 

Wed, 6/4,  Dance: A Moving Canvas @ Chicago Artists Coalition, 6 – 8:30 pm: Ayako will be cooking Incidents II with insights from members of audience along with works by artists of HATCH project (Liz Gadelha, Wolfie E. Rawk, and Nora Renick-Rinehart) exhibition “Radical Natural” curated by Erin Toale. This event is a part of Audience Architects’ “Dance: A Moving Canvas” program supported by Doris Duke Foundation’s Engaging Dance Audiences (EDA) research mission.
 
Fri & Sat, 4/11 & 12Dance Shelter Stage 773: Ayako will be presenting my new solo Blue Fish along with the works by wonderful Artists-In-Residence colleague Rachel Bunting, Atalee Judy and ‘Dance for 9.99’ Artist/Audience Picks Maureen Gonzales/Callie Frey, and Erica Ricketts.
Produced by Chicago Moving Company, Curated by Kay LaSota, Managing Director
 

Saturday, December 21, 2013, 7:30 pm @ Museum of Contemporary Art map  Tsukasa Taiko: Taiko Legacy 10 and Reduction (← Check details: Ayako will be performing only in Reduction.)

Taiko Legacy by Ken Carl Photo by Ken Carl

Ayako will be performing in 遊 (Yu – play), a solo dance with 5 taiko drummers.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 @ Museum of Contemporary Art map

CDM_8.5x11

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

Wilbert de Joode, Ayako Kato, Benjamin Law, Eric Boeren, Jessica Marasa, Michael Moore at Constellation Chicago

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

Admission: FREE

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

Vision, Faith, & Desire

Vision, Faith, & Desire

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.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/357861

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

photo by Taeko Ishikawa

photo by Taeko Ishikawa

Musicians: Hamid Drake,  Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke
Video: Edyta Stepien; Dancers: Precious Jennings, Maggie Koller, Ayako Kato
Costume: Amanda Franck

Admission: FREE   RSVP recommended @ Eventbrite - Let be - Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape 15th Anniversary

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)
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Sunday, 3/3, 12:30pm: Dear BACH – Cello Suites one by one

WeimeAyakoNejlaChurchThree(1) Photo by Kelly Weime

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
Casts:
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

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