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Toyoaki Shubukai 4th Annual Spring Recital

15mar5:00 pm6:00 pmEvent CancelledToyoaki Shubukai 4th Annual Spring Recital

Revitalizing Tradition XIV

16apr6:30 pm9:00 pmRevitalizing Tradition XIV at Northern Illinois University

43rd Annual Shubukai Performance (Venue changed)

26oct6:00 pm43rd Annual Shubukai Performance (Venue changed)

Article on beyond the box III

Please read the story on Beyond the Box III writen by Kristi Licera released on May 2, 2019.

Yoshinojo Fujima Performing at Beyond the Box III Suji

Revitalizing Tradition XIII

Suji: Lines of Tradition – April

Suji: Lines of Tradition - Flyer

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Please Join us for an Iteration of “Suji: Lines of Tradition”

2019

APR
1Mon

at TBD

Links Hall, Studio B
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL

TICKET INFORMATION TO COME

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
Co-produced with RoughHouse Theater in their presentation called:

“Nasty, Foolish, and Short”

Puppet artist Tom Lee and Shubukai’s Yoshinojo Fujima present an interation of the excerpt from “Suji: Lines of Tradition” as part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. The full piece will be presented this May. This original dance/puppetry collaboration and research project is based on their experience and study of traditional Japanese performance. This experimental piece focuses on the presentation of self; exploring ideas of identity and gender presentation using the aesthetics of Japanese classical dance and Japanese cart puppetry (kuruma ningyo) as a lift off point. Shamisen music will be by Toyoaki Sanjuro (aka Tatsu Aoki). Interwoven throughout traditional Japanese arts is a sense of tradition, conventions, and rules. This project is made possible by the 3Arts and the individual donors as part of a 3AP (3Arts Projects) Beyond the Box campaign from last winter. Thank you for your continued support of Shubukai. This is all made possible only with everyone’s contribution!

Suji: Lines of Tradition

Suji: Lines of Tradition - Flyer

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Please come and see the performances

JAN
21Mon
22Tue
23Wed

at 7:00p.m.

Links Hall, Studio B
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL

We are happy to announce our first performance of 2019 is part of the

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
Co-produced with RoughHouse Theater in their presentation called:

“Immaculate, Poignant, and Medium Length”

Puppet artist Tom Lee and Shubukai’s Yoshinojo Fujima present excerpts from “Suji: Lines of Tradition” as part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. The full piece will be presented this May. This original dance/puppetry collaboration and research project is based on their experience and study of traditional Japanese performance. This experimental piece focuses on the presentation of self; exploring ideas of identity and gender presentation using the aesthetics of Japanese classical dance and Japanese cart puppetry (kuruma ningyo) as a lift off point. Shamisen music will be by Tatsu Aoki, and taiko music by Tsukasa Taiko. Interwoven throughout traditional Japanese arts is a sense of tradition, conventions, and rules. This project is made possible by the 3Arts and the 3AP Beyond the Box campaign from last winter. Thank you for your continued support of Shubukai. This is all made possible with everyone’s contribution!

Reduction 6 – KANREKI Special –

Reduction 6 Event Flyer Image

Saturday, December 8, 2018 @7:30PM
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO
MAP

TICKETS INFORMATION

Reduction is a refined response to the popularity of mainstream taiko drumming, a trend which sees taiko stripped of its particular musical and theatrical elements. This year’s presentation features special segments from director Tatsu Aoki’s renowned Basser Live concerts to commemorate his achieving kanreki, or 60th birthday. In Japan, this significant birthday celebrates the completion of one Zodiac cycle and is a time to reflect on the past, as well as look ahead towards the future. Revel in the combined stylizations of Chicago’s contemporary creative musicians such as jazz greats Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, and Nicole Mitchell and classical music masters Chizuru Kineya and Chindonya performer Yasushi Shimazaki, as Aoki brings together his musical influences and traditions for a memorable kanreki ritual.

High Concept Labs | The “Revitalizing Tradition” series

The “Revitalizing Tradition” series Nov 30, 2018 Flyer

The “Revitalizing Tradition” series, now in it’s twelfth consecutive annual performance, is presented by Asian Improv aRts Midwest and High Concept Labs.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 @7PM

High Concept Labs is located on the 4th floor of:
Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S Throop Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608
*ENTER FROM ALLPORT & CERMAK. Parking and entrance is on the east side of the building. *
Parking is free. Admission is Free.

The “Revitalizing Tradition” Series was originally an annual lecture performance series created by Fujima Yoshinojo to introduce Japanese Classical Dance concepts and themes such as gender presentation or Kabuki character types. Presenting only one or two dance pieces allowed for more devoted time for discussion with the audience and opportunities for exploration and innovation with the dance.

Now in it’s twelfth consecutive performance, this year AIRMW and High Concept Labs presents two pieces:

A Nagauta piece :

“Kai Zan Ei” 甲斐残影
danced by Grandmaster Shunojo Fujima

And a Neoclassical collaborative piece:

“Lines of Tradition”

Featuring: Grandmaster Hekiun Oda, Chicago’s premier practitioner of Shodo, traditional Japanese calligraphy

Music by: The Reduction Trio
– Tatsu Aoki, Shamisen/Electronics
– Kioto Aoki, Tsuzumi
– Jaime Kempkers, Cello

Dance by: Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima

SUPPORTERS

Shubukai is a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and resident of the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago and is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, CDH. P.C, JCCC Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Field Foundation of Illinois and the Ishida-Winifred Foundation.

3 Arts | Beyond the Box by: Yoshinojo Fujima

3 ARTS | BEYOND THE BOX BY: YOSHINOJO FUJIMA Card

Donate to our 3Arts Projects (3AP) Campaign

October 15 – December 14, 2018

YOUR SUPPORT WILL BRING THIS WORK TO LIFE

Beyond the Box is a dance series that revolves around perceptions of time, space, and gender using the traditional aesthetics of Kabuki Theater and Japanese classical dance (nihon buyo). This project addresses ideas of power, the presentation of women, and the perception of self. The newest iteration, Beyond the Box III, will integrate contemporary instrumentation with traditional Japanese music, stage the work in an intimate setting that breaks the ‘fourth wall,’ and incorporate live puppetry drawing upon Japanese and contemporary styles.

This performance will feature traditional costumes, props, puppet materials, musicians, dancers, graphic designers, rehearsal space, scenery, videographers,… and YOU. We invite you to join us by making a contribution to our cause that will make Beyond the Box possible. Your support will enable us to transform this living traditional art form and make it applicable to the 21st century.

How it works

3AP is a unique crowdfunding platform with a built-in match that helps Chicago artists finance new creative work. Once 1/3 of the funding goal has been reached through your donations, 3Arts pledges 1/3 in the form of a matching grant. If the to- tal funding goal is reached within the allotted time frame, all contributions, including the 3Arts match, goes towards the completion of the project in the form of a grant from 3Arts. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

WAYS TO SUPPORT

1. Donate online swiftly and securely using this url:
www.3arts.org/projects/beyondthebox.com
2. Send a check made out to “3Arts”
(please put ‘Beyond the Box’ or ‘Rika’ in memo line).
mail to: 4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640


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