Summer 2022

"Embodying Duality"

a weekend workshop celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Contact Improvisation

JULY 16/17  |  Sat/Sun, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Hamlin Park Theater, in -person* (hour break for lunch each day)

$100-$150 for the weekend (sliding scale);  register here by July 14

if cost is a barrier, please reach out about work/trade options

Facilitated by Caterina Mocciola (ITAL/AUS)

“I am currently fascinated by how opposing forces are working together to create harmony in dance. I experience it in relation with gravity, with the natural expanding and contracting of the body, in relating to myself and to my dance partner/s, in the coexistence of technique and improvisation…how they merge in three-dimensionality of the dance itself.  We will work with apparent dual “forces” looking at how they come together, how can we observe the process and become aware of it, in support of our dance. I will be sharing my discoveries, what my body and my practice have taught me; while leaving plenty of space for exploration, dance and playfulness.” - Caterina

Caterina Mocciola (IT/AUS)
I am an independent performer, teacher and producer, also an interpreter and a translator. My practice is based on Contact Improvisation and Composition while related disciplines, such as Feldenkrais, BMC, Viewpoints, Release Technique, Body Weather and Kung Fu play a strong influence in my approach to teaching and movement. Since 2008 I have taught regular classes, workshops at festivals and Universities, in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Israel, Russia, Japan and across Europe. For over a decade I lived in Australia where I founded the Sydney Sunday Jam; for a few years in Berlin, where I taught at Tanzfabrik and Marameo, co-organized the Berlin Underscore and ECITE 2017 in Italy. I now live on the mountains in Italy working with animals and the earth, integrating it all with dance.

*COVID protocol:
Negative rapid test taken with 24 hours of the start time is required
Masks are optional unless anyone requests everyone to wear a mask

Accessibility info:
-This location is not wheelchair accessible as it is on the second floor of a building without an elevator.
-The building is well-ventilated with windows lining both walls. There are also window a/c units should the temperature exceed comfortable dancing levels, in which case the windows will be closed. Fans will be used in either case.

Guidelines for participation, read here

Questions?  Contact Kellyn Jackson here

 

"The Sacred Art of Play" Workshop

JUNE 25, Saturday.  12:30 - 4:00 pm.

facilitated by Lindsay Hopkins

in person at the Hamlin Park Theater

In this workshop we’ll explore ‘play’ through guided energy healing, movement, breathwork, improvisational techniques, theatre games and writing to connect us more closely with our creative life force and our ability to heal. A kind of play that is sacred and inherently connects us to something larger.

May 28  - June 18, 2022   Saturdays

"The Art of Being" - Dance/Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato.  

in-person, Hamlin Park Theater  |  12:30 - 2:15 pm

Dance is the art of being. Ayako wants to offer this workshop as a daily practice of being,—as a human, mover, performer, artist, dancer, and choreographer.  Through this practice, Ayako will share the way to find our centered, grounded, and balanced selves through imagery (and physical reality) based exercises. 

Through improvisational and simple compositional exercises, participants will raise a keen awareness of the expansiveness as well as the depth of being. Participants will explore ways to open up the body-mind as an empty conduit to welcome new wind flow through themselves and feel fullness.

Ayako will share how to expand and develop the tangible and intangible tensegrity (tension x integrity) through our bodies and minds to sense new relati

ongoing - Free online CMC Workshops 

part of the Chicago Park District's  8th Season of  "Nights Out at Home"

for any adult, including seniors!  15 minute, mini-workshops.  easy to do at home

“Your Night Out at Home” features more than 40 artists and neighborhood organizations in a series of digital workshops and performances available for the public to view on demand.

Click on these links to enjoy CMC workshops

Movement with Ayako Kato

Seated Dance Movement with Elisa Foshay

explore other Nights Out programs here

 

 

APR 9  - MAY 14, 2022   Saturdays

"The Art of Being" - Dance/Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato.  

in-person, Hamlin Park Theater  |  12:30 - 2:15 pm

Dance is the art of being. Ayako wants to offer this workshop as a daily practice of being,—as a human, mover, performer, artist, dancer, and choreographer.  Through this practice, Ayako will share the way to find our centered, grounded, and balanced selves through imagery (and physical reality) based exercises. Through improvisational and simple compositional exercises, participants will raise a keen awareness of the expansiveness as well as the depth of being. Participants will explore ways to open up the body-mind as an empty conduit to welcome new wind flow through themselves and feel fullness.  Ayako will share how to expand and develop the tangible and intangible tensegrity (tension x integrity) through our bodies and minds to sense new relationships within and around us. Participants will be asked to create their own short dance.  

FEB 26 - APR 2, 2022   Saturdays

"The Art of Being" - Dance/Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato.  Winter 2022, Second Term.

in-person, Hamlin Park Theater  |  12:30 - 2:15 pm

Dance is the art of being. Ayako wants to offer this workshop as a daily practice of being,—as a human, mover, performer, artist, dancer, and choreographer.  Through this practice, Ayako will share the way to find our centered, grounded, and balanced selves through imagery (and physical reality) based exercises. 

JAN 8 - FEB 12, 2022   Saturdays

"The Art of Being" - Dance/Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato

in-person, Hamlin Park Theater  |  12:30 - 2:15 pm

Dance is the art of being. Ayako wants to offer this workshop as a daily practice of being,—as a human, mover, performer, artist, dancer, and choreographer. Through this practice, Ayako will share the way to find our centered, grounded, and balanced selves through imagery (and physical reality) based exercises.  Participants will create their own short dance; more info on our workshop page.

NOV 13 - DEC 11, 2021   Saturdays

"The Art of Being"

Dance/Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato

in-person, Hamlin Park Theater  |  12:30 - 2:15 pm

(masked and socially distanced; complete safety protocols available on registration)

Single drop-in $12-$15; Full Workshop Early Bird $60 (pay by 11/13)

Dance is the art of being. Ayako wants to offer this workshop as a daily practice of being,—as a human, mover, performer, artist, dancer, and choreographer. Through this practice, Ayako will share the way to find our centered, grounded, and balanced selves through imagery (and physical reality) based exercises.  Through improvisational and simple compositional exercises, participants will raise a keen awareness of the expansiveness as well as the depth of being. Participants will explore ways to open up the body-mind as an empty conduit to welcome new wind flow through themselves and feel fullness.  Ayako will share how to expand and develop the tangible and intangible tensegrity (tension x integrity) through our bodies and minds to sense new relationships within and around us.  Participants will be asked to create their own short dance; more info on our workshop page.  

AUG 28/29, 2021

ETHOS  Movement Summer Intensive Workshop

with Ayako Kato

Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm

Location: Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater (in-person)

2 days, $40-$50 sliding -scale; 1 day $25-$30 sliding scale

What does it mean to make ourselves empty physically and mentally? How do we dance/move differently when we achieve this state? In this workshop, participants explore ways to open up the body-mind and stay balanced.  Ayako will share her ideas and practice of how to center, ground, and align the body, and how to expand and develop the tangible and intangible tensegrity (tension x integrity) through our bodies and minds to sense new relationships within and around us. Participants will create a short dance.

April 20 - June 15, 2021 (9 sessions plus a showing)

Ayako Kato Dance Movement Workshop

"WindFlow:  Going Through with Improvisation"

Tuesdays, 10 am - noon

Location: at Hamlin Park - outdoor lawn (weather permitting)

Full Workshop, early-bird:  $130

Single drop-in workshops -  General: $14, Professionals/Students/Seniors: $12;

or pay what you can.

The weather is getting better, and we are seeing the light. Yet, still let dance/movement help us go through this period with an activated creative mental and physical state of being. Ayako will share her approach to expand your perceptions as an improviser and advocator of multi-centrism and the art of being. Let's plan our outdoor informal performance toward the end of the session sometime in June!

 

 

Jan 5 - April 6, 2021 (14 sessions)

Ayako Kato Dance/Movement Workshop

"ETHOS:  Following Nature Toward Spring" 

compositional and improvisational movement, somatic exercises, meditation-

Tuesdays.  9:30 - 10 am Zazen Mediation | 10 am - noon Creative Sessions

on ZOOM /orin-person outside at Hamlin Park (weather permitting) 

for Zoom link (or ?'s), contact Ayako or click here

We often notice that our minds and bodies sway like tree branches, or like the wind. In our bodies, there are many common elements, forms, and functions which humans draw from nature– because we are nature. Nature is not a resource for economic survival. Nature is where all of us are from and return.  Let’s closely sense and investigate these elements and movements in our body. Let’s really dance. Through this seminar-style workshop, with deep breathing, we: meditate quietly and actively; learn human anatomy and its functions, will find our center, axises, alignment, and spiral to move more freely; and develop imagery to objectively and subjectively weave our motions with our energetic waves. Then, we will reflect on what is nature and what is dance.

Sep 8 - Dec 15, 2020 (14 sessions, no class Nov 24)

Ayako Kato Dance Movement Workshop

"Be a Poet"

Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10 am (Zazen Meditation)  |  10 am - noon (Creative Sessions)

Location:  outside at Hamlin Park when the weather permits, with social distancing.

Otherwise, on Zoom.  Location will be given through the email list, Facebook and Instagram the previous day

 

Words and movements are different. Yet, the spirit connects them.  How do we express and communicate through our tangible body and intangible mind? Is the movement abstract? When does it become concrete? How do we build the world through movements? How can our physical, momentary expressions travel through time in relation to the previous and the next movements? How can our intention influence space? How can we link our body-mind with the viewers’?  How can an individual performer connect/link with other performers (dancers & musicians) or music/sound, sharing the same space/time to create a world?  Referencing the practice of Renku (Japanese Chained Poetry) and Haiku, participants will explore physical poetry as solo, duo, trio, and as a group (reading the air).   Before the creative section of the workshop, we will meditate (sitting, walking, and dancing) and also practice somatic exercises--particularly being aware of fascia connections in order to integrate our physical, mental, and energetic being. 

August 23-25, 2020

Ayako Kato Dance Summer Intensive:

"Let’s Create Chained Poetry Improv-Compositional Dance!"

Sun.  Mon.  Tues.  10 am - 2:30 pm

On Zoom or outdoor at Hamlin Park 

Renku, haikai no renga/linked verse, is a Japanese Chained Poetry form that was established by poet Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) who is mostly known for his haiku (the first verse of Renku). This group, collaborative, improvisational, and compositional traditional activity is still practiced in modern days. As dancemakers and practitioners, there is a lot we can learn from Renku’s rules, aesthetics, and approaches. During this intensive, participants will start to learn the form’s basic structure and rules while creating their own verses and by linking them with others’ verses. At the end of the intensive, we aim to complete one volume of Chained Poetry Dance improvised/composed of 36 verses/short pieces of dance which must be the very first one in world history!  There will be a showing at the workshop's conclusion.

 

June 23 - July 28, Tues 9:30 am -noon*

"Eclipse Dance Movement and Creative Workshop III"

with Ayako Kato

9:30 am Zazen Meditation, 10 am Warmup and Creative Session.

Single drop-in workshop $14/$12 (professionals, students, seniors)

"This third session of the Eclipse series will focus on improvisation. Yet, not in a regular manner. Participants will learn improvisation more as a principle practice. We continuously seek out the empty-self to gain maximum freedom and understanding of the natural force through our physical-mental-self and beyond. Then, again, the session hopes for participants to encounter the transformative absolute as the Eclipse moment. "  Ayako Kato

To learn more about Ayako, please visit: www.artunionhumanscape.net OR Ayako Kato Dance on Vimeo     Questions? Contact Ayako at: furyuayajp(at)gmail.com

 

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 Elisa Foshay.  Photo:  W. Frederking

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Ayako Kato, photo Benjamin Wardell

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Image:  Ayako Kato