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CURRENT & UPCOMING MOVEMENT WORKSHOP with Ayako Kato:  visit BLOG: ayakodance

Chicago Park District Night Out in the Parks presents

Art of Now III:  Creating Experimental Work through Practice of Improvisation with Ayako Kato 

Tuesdays (not Thursdays), September 5 – December 12, 2017, 10 am – noon. (no session 10/10 due to Ayako’s performance at the Art Institute of Chicago from noon at Andō Gallery)

Ayako_Kato_8x12inch_300dpi_Photo_Ralph_Kuehne_smallphoto by Ralph Kuehne

Would you like to create an experimental dance/movement work or deepen your own existing work and perform the piece or the part of the work–engaging in some or pure practice of improvisation? Even if you don’t want to perform, would you like to have focused time to work on a dance piece with outside eyes and conversation once in a while? What is your idea? How would you deepen your apparatus? How do you explain through writing? How does your writing help you through the process?

In this seminar style workshop, you will experience warm-up, creation, discussion, performance and, possibly learn production planning skills (necessary if you want to continue presenting/performing your work). Those who don’t want to perform or produce can focus on creation for your own goal, too.

Ayako will offer exercises, help answer your questions, and provide time/space for reflection together— to develop your solo, duo or ensemble work.  Of course, you will go through all the questions of internal to external, external to internal expression and questions of gravity, quality and texture of movement, improvisation vs. composition, score, theme, body/mind. The  difference here is together we will  tackle the endless questions around creating/performing work and generate your own work now and into the future.

Tuesdays (not Thursdays), September 5 – December 12, 2017, 10 am – noon. (no session 10/10) @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse 2nd Floor, 3035 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Early Bird (paid on the 1st day): $120 (for all the 14 sessions); 7 sessions: $65; Single drop-in workshop $10, professionals $9. payment by cash or check made out to:  Chicago Moving Company

Questions?  Contact Ayako Kato at furyuayajp@gmail.comWebsite/Bio: Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape; Watch: Ayako Kato on Vimeo

NatureDanceOut

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2 – 5 pm @ North Park Village Nature Center5801 North Pulaski Road

AyakoKato_NatureDanceOut_Front_highPhoto by Samantha Serrano

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Physically and intellectually learn about urban ecosystems and sense how humans are analogous to the way nature is working. Urban ecologist Nance Klehm and dance artist Ayako Kato guide you through a nature walk and improvisational movement activities. Three different snacks and tea from foraged wild ingredients created by Klehm will be offered. To register, please visit www.naturedanceoutfall.eventbrite.com

*In case of rain, the event will be postponed on Sun, September 24, 2 -5 pm

Participant’s Voice:
“I loved it! I got a lot out of learning about the networks and fabrics of the rhizosphere/soil, and how the movement exercise integrated the “networking” that the trees and plants do with each other by trying to do it with each other! … Such a beautiful time!“ – Dylan Fahoome

Contact and Question: bluefishdanceproject@gmail.com

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Art of Now II:  Movement/Dance Improvisation Practice with Ayako Kato 

Workshop:  Thursdays, April 13 – May 25, 10 am – noon. (no session 5/4) Look for guest musicians to learn from and move to sometime during the sessions!

Ayako_Kato_8x12inch_300dpi_Photo_Ralph_Kuehne_smallphoto by Ralph Kuehne

Come and join in this seminar-style movement workshop–serious movers of all levels are welcome. We read chapters from Patterns in Nature by Philip Ball as inspirational triggers. We begin with anatomical exercises to tune our body, will work on improving our physical notion and capacity, to also refine our complex and simple artistic quality of being, and learn how to co-exist with sound/music in performance. The workshop will invite guest musicians occasionally. Join us before the long summer comes and tune your mind and body to expand your awareness as performers and humans.

Thursdays, April 13 – May 25, 10 am – noon. (no session 5/4) @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse 2nd Floor, 3035 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Single drop-in workshop $10, professionals $9. payment by cash or check made out to:  Chicago Moving Company

Constant topics will be Space, Stillness, Silence as well as dynamics of dance/movement improvisation as a work of art. Let’s get down to the micro through macro and macro through micro world to perceive what and how we move. As far as we are alive, we move. Let’s circularly and multi-dimensionally travel from internal to external and vice versa– as a mental and physical artistic journey.

Questions?  Contact Ayako Kato at furyuayajp@gmail.com; Website/Bio: Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape; Watch: Ayako Kato on Vimeo

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Art of Now:  Movement/Dance Improvisation Practice with Ayako Kato 

Workshop:  Thursdays, January 19 – March 30, 10 am – noon. (no session 2/16) Look for guest musicians to learn from and move to sometime during the sessions!

Improvisation is nothing and everything. It’s not anything, yet something. Good improvisation reveals the universe, how nature works, moves and transforms. Improvisation is an art of choice. Movement improvisation is an art of energy.

Ayako_Kato_8x12inch_300dpi_Photo_Ralph_Kuehne_smallphoto by Ralph Kuehne

Come and join in this seminar style movement workshop–serious movers of all levels are welcome. We begin with anatomical exercises to tune our body, will work on improving our physical notion and capacity, to also refine our complex and simple artistic quality of being, and learn how to co-exist with sound/music in performance. The workshop will invite guest musicians occasionally and I hope to continue this workshop as an ongoing and continuum weekly practice.

Thursdays (not Tue), 10 am – noon.  January 19 – March 30, 2017. no session on 2/16 (10 sessions) Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse 2nd Floor, 3035 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Full Workshop/early bird $80 reserve and pay on 1/19. Single drop-in workshop $10, professionals $9. payment by cash or check made out to:  Chicago Moving Company

Space, Stillness, Silence as well as dynamics of dance/movement improvisation as a work of art will be constant topics. Let’s get down to the micro through macro and macro through micro world to perceive what and how we move. As far as we are alive, we move. Let’s circularly and multi-dimensionally travel from internal to external and vice versa– as a mental and physical artistic journey.

Questions?  Contact Ayako Kato at furyuayajp@gmail.com; Visit workshop blog:  ayakodance.wordpress.com; Website/Bio: Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape; Watch: Ayako Kato on Vimeo

Terra Incognita Art Series: 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

Art of Now:  Movement/Dance Improvisation Practice with Ayako Kato 

Workshop:  Thursdays, Oct 13 – Dec 8, 10 am – noon. (no session 11/24) On Dec 8, meet with a special guest musician Peter Maunu to move with his improvised music! 

Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks & Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape presents

blue fish festival

Register HERE Now!  (Children and youth under 16 have to be accompanied by parents/guardians. Only adult participants register please.)

 

blue_fish_3_AYAKO_KATO_BRYAN_SANER_11x14_PHOTO_RALPH_KUEHNEPhoto by Ralph Kuehne

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 with Ayako Kato + “Who is taking care of nature?” walk with Nance Klehm

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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Technique Together: A Summer Dance Class Series

Presented by Nora Sharp, different instructors will teach modern and ballet on Saturdays and Sundays. Ayako Kato will be teaching ballet on Sunday, July 10 and 24 from 10-11:30 am at OuterSpace. More details for the content etc., please check the FB website by clicking the title above.

Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks & Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape presents

blue fish festival

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 (July)

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 (July).

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“What is Movement?” workshop on May 22, 29 and June 5 at High Concept Labs.

What is movement 2 by Ralph Kuehne Photo by Ralph Kuehne

For “What is Movement?” project, please visit: https://whatismovementblog.wordpress.com

For more workshop content, please visit: http://ayakodance.wordpress.com

 

Transformation Movement Workshop at Lake FX on Fri, May 13 from 1:30-3 pm, Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio, FREE

 

Transformation XI – what is sound experiment IV: Harmony and Form

Photo by Bill Frederking

Photo by Bill Frederking

Tuesdays, 10 am – noon.  March 22 – April 12, 2016. (four sessions)

Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse 2nd Floor, 3035 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Full Workshop/early bird $35 (reserve and pay on 3/22). Single drop-in workshop $10, professionals $9. *payment by cash or check made out to:  Chicago Moving Company

Music/Sound has been used in parallel with dance–-yet, is it really necessary/inevitable to use it and if so, why?  What does music/sound do to movement/dance (BIG Inquiry!)? During these four sessions participants experiment, reflect, and discuss how music/sound works with dance/movement and what kind of relationships they can establish between the two.  Building  from “what is sound” experiment I, II and III*, which covered elements of music: pitch, dynamics, tempo, rhythm, melody, tone color/timbre, key and texture, participants will explore sound/music, stillness in relation to silence, and start to practice how to establish different relationships with music/sound through movement.  These sessions are very good steps to renew your perspective on what movement is or can be in association with or without music/sound.

The workshop will introduce anatomical exercises to ground and tune ourselves;  the improvisational exercises will be an informative experiential and experimental movement seminar with dialogue. Through the Transformation workshop, participants will experience an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to deepening their own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist, actor and practitioner of movement.

*participation in “what is sound #1, 2, and 3” not required for this workshop.  *No showing will be held this time.

Contact: Ayako Kato at furyuayajp(at)gmail.com

Transformation X“what is sound” experiment III: Tone Color & Texture
February 16 – March 15, 10 am -12 pm @ Hamlin Park Fielshouse Theater Studio MAP
Photo by Bill Frederking

Photo by Bill Frederking

Music/Sound has been used in parallel with dance–-yet, is it really necessary/inevitable to use it and if so, why?  What does music/sound do to movement/dance (BIG Inquiry!)? During these five sessions participants experiment, reflect, and discuss how music/sound works with dance/movement and what kind of relationships they can establish between the two.  Building  from “what is sound” experimental I & II*, participants will explore sound/music as well as stillness in relation to silence, and  start to practice how to establish different relationships with music/sound through movement.  These sessions are a very good steps to renew your perspective on what movement is or to establish new association with or without music/sound.
The workshop will introduce anatomical exercises to ground and tune ourselves; the improvisational exercises will be an informative experiential and experimental movement seminar with dialogue. Through the Transformation workshop, participants will experience an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to deepening their own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist, actor and practitioner of movement.
*participation in “what is sound #1 & 2” not required for this workshop.
Tuesdays, Feb 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15 (informal showing), 10 am – 12 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne
Entire workshop Early Bird Special: $40  (Reserve & Payment on 2/16), Single Drop In Rate $10, Professional Drop In Rate $9
*Payment by cash or check made out to: Chicago Moving Company
Contact: Ayako Kato, furyuayajp@gmail.com / 312-330-4171
Visit Workshop Blog: https://ayakodance.wordpress.com

Transformation IX – “what is sound” experiment II

Photo by Bill Frederking

Photo by Bill Frederking

Music/Sound has been used in parallel with dance–-yet, is it really necessary/inevitable to use it and if so, why?  What does music/sound do to movement/dance (BIG Inquiry!)? During these five sessions participants experiment, reflect, and discuss how music/sound works with dance/movement and what kind of relationships they can establish between the two. Building  from “what is sound” experimental I*, participants will explore stillness in relation to silence, and  start to practice how to establish different relationships with music/sound through movement/various improvisation exercises.  This is a very good second step to renew your perspective on what movement is or can be in association with or without music/sound.

The first half of each workshop will be anatomical exercises to ground and tune ourselves; the second half will be an experiential and experimental movement seminar. Through the Transformation workshop, participants will experience an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to deepening their own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist, actor and practitioner of movement.

*participation in “what is sound I” not required for this workshop.

Tuesdays, Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 & Feb 2 (informal showing) 10 am – 12 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne
Entire workshop Early Bird Special: $40  (Reserve & Payment on 1/5)
Single Drop In Rate $10, Professional Drop In Rate $9
*Payment by cash or check made out to: Chicago Moving Company
Contact: Ayako Kato, furyuayajp@gmail.com / 312-330-4171
Visit Workshop Blog: https://ayakodance.wordpress.com

Transformation VIII – “what is sound” experiment 
Ayako Kato by Bill Frederking

Ayako Kato by Bill Frederking

Music/Sound has been used in parallel with dance–yet, is it really necessary/inevitable to use it and if so, why?  What does music/sound do to movement/dance (BIG Inquiry!)? During these five sessions participants experiment, reflect, and discuss how music/sound works with dance/movement and what kind of relationships they can establish between the two. This is a very good initial step to renew your perspective on what movement is or can be in association with or without music/sound.  

 
The first half of each workshop will be anatomical exercises to ground and tune ourselves; the second half will be an experiential and experimental movement seminar. Through the Transformation workshop, participants will experience an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to deepening their own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist, actor and practitioner of movement. 
Tuesdays, 11/24,10 am – 12 pm, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 (presentation) @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne
Entire workshop Early Bird Special: $40  (Reserve & Payment on 11/24)
Single Drop In Rate $10, Professional Drop In Rate $9
*Payment by cash or check made out to: Chicago Moving Company
Contact: Ayako Kato, furyuayajp@gmail.com / 312-330-4171
Visit Workshop Blog: https://ayakodance.wordpress.com

Transformation – deepening practice I  

blue fish by Paula Lobo

This workshop will investigate the intricacy of embodying our own practice/work on movement. Participants will pursue their own current questions of creative process or movement practice. Through guided anatomical exercises, improvisation as well as dialogue, participants will refine their own movement/creative ideas, finding new approach and perspectives. Each session starts with breathing and neuromuscular facilitation exercises, and participants will experience an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to deepening their own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist, actor and practitioner of movements. Ayako and participants will plan informal showing together for the end of the 10 sessions.
Tuesdays, 10 am – 12pm: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10 @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne
Entire workshop Early Bird Special $85 (Reserve in advance & Payment on September 8); Half & Half Special $90 ($45 on Sept 8 + $45 on Oct 13)
Single Drop In Rate $10, Professional Drop In Rate $9
*Payment by cash or check made out to: Chicago Moving Company
Contact: Ayako Kato, furyuayajp@gmail.com / 312-330-4171
Visit Workshop Blog: https://ayakodance.wordpress.com

Special Event:

blue fish “Practice of Being” Workshop lead by Bryan Saner & Ayako Kato

Sat, November 14, 2015, 12:30 – 2:15 pm @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater

On Sat, Nov 14, Dancer/Choreographer Ayako Kato and Performance Artist/Activist Bryan Saner will present a joint movement workshop entitled “Practice of Being.” Through breathing and improvisational exercises, Saner and Kato will introduce multilayered awareness of relationships with others, the space and environment. It is open to all genres of practice and levels of movers. FREE: Space is limited. RSVP is highly recommended.

Ayako Kato Workshop at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater: Spring 2015

Transformation V – Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato               *new members are welcome!

Photo by William Frederking

Photo by William Frederking

Realizing the body as conduit of gravity, Transformation V will continue to explore experiencing an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to performing your own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist, actor and practitioner of movements. Through anatomical and improvisational exercises, Ayako will share exercises to increase your sensitivity and awareness in time and space. The last/seventh session will be an informal showing. In addition to the covered topics through Transformation I – IV, the additional topics through exercises will include but not limited to:

Transparency and Body Scanning through Anatomy
Gooey invisible string
Spiral through En Dehors & En Dedans
Internal & External Magnetic Field
Movement Punctuation with sense of beginning and end, and beginning
Sense of Silence, Sense of Sound
Space
Circle dance: apply what we have learned: Force, Spiral, Yin & Yang, Gooey, Space
Succeeded topics from :
*Defining Planes: exchanging/shifting planes and energy.
*Yin & Yang as movement oppositions and through anatomical structure internally and on your skin with the sense of light
*Mirror and Reverse-mirroring, including not only shape, but also entity
*Spiral and Gooey strings through anatomical structure
*Reading energy: opposite directions, which meets together
*Anatomical exercises to increase understanding of the body, biomechanics, presence and the movement clarity
Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19 showing May 26:
10 am – Noon, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne
Entire workshop $60 (Reserve & Payment on April 14),
Single Drop In Rate $10, Professional Drop In Rate $9
*Payment by cash or check made out to: Chicago Moving Company
Contact: Ayako Kato, furyuayajp@gmail.com / 312-330-4171
Visit Workshop Blog: https://ayakodance.wordpress.com
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Transformation IV – Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato 

Transformation_IV_photo*new members are welcome!

Experience an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to performing your own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist, actor and practitioner of movements. Ayako will share how to increase your sensitivity and awareness in time and space through anatomical and improvisational exercises. The last/fifth session will be an informal showing. In addition to the covered topics through Transformation I & II, the additional topics through exercises will include but not limited to:

*Defining Planes: exchanging/shifting planes and energy.
*Yin & Yang as movement oppositions and through anatomical structure internally and on your skin with the sense of light
*Mirror and Reverse-mirroring, including not only shape, but also entity
*Spiral through anatomical structure
*Gooey strings through anatomical structure
*Sensing and exploration of gravity/energy as force through spiral in the body and field through infinity/circular paths in the space.
*Space, Silence & Stillness
*Reading energy: opposite directions, which meets together
*Circle Dance: apply what we have learned: Force, Spiral, Yin & Yang, Gooey, Space
*Anatomical exercises to increase understanding of the body, biomechanics, presence and the movement clarity
Tuesdays, February 24, March 3, 10, 17 showing March 24:
10 am – Noon, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne
Entire workshop $40 (Reserve & Payment on Feb 24),
Single Drop In Rate $10, Professional Drop In Rate $9
*Payment by cash or check made out to: Chicago Moving CompanyContact: Ayako Kato, furyuayajp@gmail.com / 312-330-4171
Visit Workshop Blog: https://ayakodance.wordpress.com

Transformation III – Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato

Bryan Saner, Rose Bouboushian, Sara Zalek,
Bryan Saner, Rose Bouboushian, Sara Zalek,

Experience an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to performing your own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist, actor and practitioner of movements. Ayako will share how to increase your sensitivity and awareness in time and space through anatomical and improvisational exercises. The last/fifth session will be an informal showing. In addition to the covered topics through Transformation I & II, the additional topics through exercises will include but not limited to:

*Developing the Sense of Sphere through Anatomical Awareness for One and All.
*Space in between
1. Internal Anatomy Traveling with awareness upon Lightness and Darkness-Yin & Yang: Clarification of Energetic Pathways and Sensing Energetic Opposition & Tensegrity for one and all
2. Connecting the Center and Sculpting the Space Together – Finding Magnetic Force in between with others. Matching Anatomical Body with Gooey String
3. 3D/4D Energy Sculpture/Exchange through metaphor of Mirroring through Reverse Mirroring
*Anatomical exercises to increase understanding of the body, biomechanics, presence and the movement clarity
Tuesdays, January 13, 20, 27, February 3, showing February 10:
10 am – Noon, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne
Entire workshop $40 (Reserve & Payment on 1/13),
Single Drop In Rate $10, Professional Drop In Rate $9
*Payment by cash or check made out to: Chicago Moving CompanyContact: Ayako Kato, furyuayajp@gmail.com / 312-330-4171

Continuously Related & Succeeded Topics  from Transformation I & II

*Yin & Yang with whole awareness of gradational aspects/in between
*Sculpting Energy: Gooey strings – energy made visible; Shifting energy
*Space: Formation; How to relate
*Physics of the body
*Persistency, Establishment and Surprise
*Jo, Ha, Kyu: Beginning, Middle and Ending
*Sounds and Movements

Butterfly Effect: Sway – Flow of Energy, Flow of Form; Anatomy, Breathing, and Gravity; Where you stand and what you do?: Metaphor & Common Gesture; Make it Alive – Heaven, Human Earth (informed by Japanese Flower Arrangement); Relationship Within & Without – Beyond Skin; Texture & Energy: The Facts of Movement, The Facts of Being; Space, Silence & Stillness; The Form  & Movement of “It”

Ayako Kato Workshop at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater: Fall 2014

Transformation I showing

Transformation I showing: Photo by Jessica Cornish

Transformation II – Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato

Experience an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to performing your own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist and actor. Ayako will share how to increase your sensitivity and awareness in time and space as individuals/soloists through anatomical and improvisational exercises. The last/fifth session will be an informal showing. In addition to the covered topics through Transformation I, the additional topics through exercises will include but not limited to:

*Yin & Yang with whole awareness of gradational aspects/in between
*Sculpting Energy: Gooey strings – energy made visible; Shifting energy
*Space: Formation; How to relate
*Physics of the body
*Persistency, Establishment and Surprise
*Jo, Ha, Kyu: Beginning, Middle and Ending
*Sounds and Movements
*Anatomical exercises to increase understanding of the body, biomechanics, presence and the movement clarity

Tuesdays, October 21, 28, Nov 4, (no workshop on 11), 18 showing Nov 25:
10 am – Noon, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne
Early Bird, entire workshop $35 (Reserve via email by 10/19), Entire workshop after 10/19 $40 (Reserve on 10/21): $40,
Single Drop In day $10, Professional Drop In Rate $9
*Payment by cash or check made out to: Chicago Moving Company

Contact: Ayako Kato, furyuayajp@gmail.com / 312-330-4171

Transformation I

The Incidents Photo by Ken Carl

Experience an eastern (internal to external, and external to internal) approach to performing your own movement as an improviser, dancer, performance artist and actor. Ayako will share how to increase your sensitivity and awareness in time and space as individuals/soloists through anatomical and improvisational exercises. The last/fifth session will be an informal showing (date/time will be discussed with participants). The topics will include but not limited to:

Butterfly Effect: Sway – Flow of Energy, Flow of Form; Anatomy, Breathing, and Gravity; Where you stand and what you do?: Metaphor & Common Gesture; Make it Alive – Heaven, Human Earth (informed by Japanese Flower Arrangement); Relationship Within & Without – Beyond Skin; Texture & Energy: The Facts of Movement, The Facts of Being; Space, Silence & Stillness; The Form  & Movement of “It”

WHEN: Tuesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, showing 30 [TBD]: 10 am -Noon   WHERE: Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3025 N. Hoyne 2nd floor (use the right side stairs) map                                                                                                    PRICE: Early Bird for All Sessions: $35 (Reserve via email by 8/31), For All Sessions (Reserve on 9/2): $40, Drop In $10, Professional Drop In Rate: $9       *Payment will be accepted by cash or check made out to: Chicago Moving Company

Contact: Ayako Kato, furyuayajp@gmail.com / 312-330-4171

Ayako Kato is an Artist-in-Residence with the Chicago Moving Company (CMC). CMC is Arts Partner in residence at Hamlin Park (19th year) a program that unites artists and communities in Chicago parks.

Sculpting Energy  

This class is designed to dance with anatomical awareness with physics. Uniting and expanding internal and external relationships, let’s explore the artistic and pragmatic movements through dance.

Ayako Kato_by_William Frederking Photo by William Frederking

Class Description:
Often, a dancer’s practice focuses on physical technique and the order of the movements. However in this class, dancers are encouraged to step forward and create a holistic space in relation to others–through peripheral vision of the mind by tuning to the connected alignment of the body. Participants will experience neuromuscular anatomical exercises to improve physical control and expand varieties of their own creative possibilities.

Class Dates: Tuesdays, March 25, April 1, 8, 22
Time: 10 – 11:30 am
Price: $10/$9 pro-rate. Cash or check
Where: Hamlin Park Theater, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse 2nd Floor, 3035 N. Hoyne Chicago (CTA: Damen #50 Bus to Barry Ave.; or Belmont #77 to Damen Ave.)

Ayako Kato Dance Movement Workshop

Saturdays, 3:15 – 4:45 pm @ Outer Space Studio map

Starts from October 5, 2013

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Suggested Donation: $10/class, Duo rate (participate with your colleague/friend): $16/class, 10 sessions: $80

Find nature in your body and mind. This technique class is incorporated with neuromuscular anatomy exercises and dance improvisation, also informed by Ayako’s own Eastern and Western dance movement experiences and somatic studies, including Chinese meridian studies. Utilizing the warm-up exercises, the class explores movement combinations focused on linear, non-linier, and spiral energetic flow based on human anatomy, focusing on awareness to gravity/weight shift in the space. The class will help you to find your uncovered physicality as an artistic instrument with science and philosophy. This is the third year of teaching company members of The Space Movement Project and Ayako is thrilled to encounter dancers/performers who are curious to explore movements together through internal selves as well as external relationship around us.

Contact: furyuayajp@gmail.com, 312-330-4171

 

Dance Movement Workshop – To be Present and Aware

Sundays, 1/9 – ongoing, 2013, 3 – 4:30 pm @ OuterSpace, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. 3 min walk from CTA Blue Line Damen Sta. (No class on 4/21, 4/27)

Come and join to be ready to move more tuned and united with your own self, others and environment. By activating neuromuscular coordination and nurturing the sense of core, axis and beyond, movements convey more clarity and density in the space. Dancers will improve the body alignment and their physical/energetic control along with gravity. The workshop will also focus on various improvisation exercises.

Pre-Movement into Movement

Sundays, 12/9 & 12/16, 2012 (Schedule 2013 will be TBA), 3 – 4:30 pm @ OuterSpace, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. 3 min walk from CTA Blue Line Damen Sta.
Informed by Irene Dowd’s neuromuscular coordination technique (ideokinesis) largely incorporating with Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) patterns, Ayako refines the way of maintaining / re-educating alighnment and activating our proprioceptive awareness. This class aims at moving from the core and developing internal and external spacial awareness. We practice how to be a better creator of movements not only by yourselves, yet also with others, being aware of energetic space in between.

Suggested donation: $10

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