YOSHINOJO FUJIMA

Performing Artist

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Kurokami・E{m}URGE performance | Nov 7, 2020

07nov7:00 pmPerforming at 25th Anniversary of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (CAAJF) - Day 2

SHUBUKAI 44TH ANNIVERSARY RECITAL – VIRTUAL

24oct7:00 amSHUBUKAI 44TH ANNIVERSARY RECITAL - VIRTUAL

Bridge Dance Festival 2020 – Nov 13 & 14

Bridge Dance Festival 2020

Please come and see the performances

Nov
FRI13
SAT14
Purchase Tickets for Online Streaming

Asian Improv aRts Midwest’s mission is to build a vital, self-empowered Asian American Community in the Chicago area by advancing the understanding and profile of Asian American cultures through the traditional and contemporary cultural arts. AIRMW is dedicated to creating productive relationships with artists, community and institutions in order to produce high quality arts programs that accurately reflect the multicultural, multi-ethnic reality of Chicago and the nation.

Asian Improv aRts Midwest is supported in part by The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood

Foundation, CDH. , P.C, JCCC Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and The Joyce Foundation.

The individual is in a continuous flux. The fluid, dynamic state of being that is shaped by variable experiences is surrounded by culture and aesthetics. This is presented in a visible, observable release and transference known as “dance.” The Bridge…is the individual.

Curator Fujima Yoshinojo (Rika Lin) and Asian Improv aRts Midwest return to Links Hall with a special edition of the annual Bridge Dance Festival. This live stream event brings together dancemakers from two continents, connecting their Asian heritage and presents their reactionary state of being.

The 2020 Festival features (bios below): Mari Fujihira (Tokyo), Irene Hsiao (Chicago), Ayako Kato (Chicago), and Mandarakoyomi Thinking (Kobe)–dancer Masayuki Sumi and musician Shunichiro Hisada.

Bridge Dance Festival debuted in spring of 2018. The first festival was a culmination of four years of Japanese-focused programming at Links Hall, including the National Performance Network Asian Exchange, Beyond the Box, and Links to Japan. In November 2019, Asian Improv aRts Midwest joined the festival as a co-presenter, expanding audiences and artists alike.

Through Bridge Dance Festival, we hope to demonstrate a fierce love of and respect for international cultural exchange and connection. In the face of rising US nationalism and the aggressive political reality we find ourselves in, Links Hall and Asian Improv aRts Midwest provide a home for global connections that are inspired and supported by mutual respect for cultural similarities and differences.

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13nov7:00 pmBridge Dance Festival 2020 Day 1

14nov7:00 pmBridge Dance Festival 2020 Day 2

Toyoaki Shubukai 4th Annual Spring Recital

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

Postponed – Revitalizing Tradition XIV, BEYOND THE BOX


The next two events have been postponed.

We will post updated event details here as soon as it becomes available.

 REVITALIZING TRADITION XIV AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY – TBD 
 BEYOND THE BOX IV E {M} URGE – TBD 
Please feel free to reach out to us at Shubukai Contact page.

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!


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