Performing Artist


Reduction 6 – KANREKI Special –

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Saturday, December 8, 2018 @7:30PM


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.


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


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


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October 15 – December 14, 2018


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.


1. Donate online swiftly and securely using this url:
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

Reflections of Yu – The Claudia Cassidy Theater

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10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Dance performances, installations, workshops and discussions

Elevate Chicago Dance 2018
Chicago Cultural Center78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
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Shubukai’s Fujima Yoshinojo will perform her piece
“Reflections of Yu” at 3:30p.m.
in Claudia Cassidy Theater
– located on 2nd floor of Chicago Cultural Center
With Reduction Ensemble members
Tatsu Aoki, Jaime Kempkers, and Kioto Aoki

Free and open to the public

Elevate Chicago Dance 2018 is a day of performances plus installations, workshops and discussions by 45 Chicago dancemakers. The broadly defined theme of the day explores intersections between Dance, Space, Race, and Place. The Elevate Chicago Dance 2018 artists, through a diverse range of dance and interdisciplinary works, make connections with current ideas about the dynamics between race, social spaces, and personal and body histories. For artists as well as for public audiences, the cultural, political and architectural history of the Chicago Cultural Center building is a powerful setting for these relevant considerations. Dance performances will activate all the floors and multiple public areas of the landmark Chicago Cultural Center, including the Claudia Cassidy Theater, GAR Hall, the Dance Studio, and Preston Bradley Hall.

Elevate Chicago Dance 2018 is presented in partnership with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) with additional support from the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and many generous individuals.

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The event is produced in connection with the Crystal Anniversary Brunch – Celebrating 15 Years of Chicago Dancemakers Forum.

Behind the Scenes: Filming for “Asobi”




Foundations of Yu

Beyond the Box II “Yu”

Concluding event of the Bridge Dance Festival

2018 Dancemakers Forum SHareOUT!




SHareOUT! is the MCA’s new mini-festival of works that have been developed in a year of research supported by Chicago Dancemakers Forum. Cofounded by the MCA, Links Hall, and the Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago Dancemakers Forum is celebrating 15 years of supporting audacious and imaginative dancemakers.

For her Lab project Asobi: Playing within Time, Yoshinojo trifles with the perception of time as an act of dancing. Searching for and testing the line connecting judgement to gender perception, Yoshinojo’s momentary, organic reaction reflects or responds using the traditional and creative musicians of the Reduction Ensemble, directed by Tatsu Aoki. Her choreography, which stems from traditional pedagogy, lulls viewers into believing what at first appears to be a traditional Japanese dance but is in fact a transgression, filled with subtle expressions of humor and protest.

High Concept Labs: Open House Spring 2018 at Constellation

















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