Performing Artist

Reflections of Yu – The Claudia Cassidy Theater

Elevate Chicago Dance 2018 Flyer


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.

Beyond the Box

Beyond the Box is Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima’s Spring 2017 performance series at Links Hall. Curated by Fujima this series articulates her alternative interpretation of traditional Japanese classical dance works. Confounding the boundaries of social expectations and expanding beyond the limitations set by gender roles in the form, Yoshinojo’s series highlights female dance makers who are reshaping the position of women established by traditional roles. The works and artists selected by Yoshinojo press us to address the social landscape of our time and reconsider the global positioning of women and why and how they are portrayed. The resulting presentations offer a re-structured context for these female performers who are expanding their own portrayals in environments transformed by experimental musicians.

Yoshinojo Fujima performing with
ApriL 21 • Mai Ougi featuring Tatsu Aoki, Jamie Kempkers, Lori Ashikawa, KIOTO
ApriL 22 • Quantum Monk II featuring Eric Leonardson
May 19 • The Rage of Kasane featuring Ayako Kato
June 9 & 10 • Anger and the Bell featuring Lenora Lee, Francis Wong, Tatsu Aoki, KIOTO
7:30pm • Links Hall at Constellation • 3111 n. Western Ave., Chicago • www.linkshall.org
Special Thanks to Grandmaster Shunojo Fujima | Presented by Links Hall and Asian Improv aRts Midwest


Asian improv aRts Midwest is the resident at Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago and is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, Corbett, Duncan & Hubly pc, JCCC Foundation, CityArts by City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Cultural Grants program and The Joyce Foundation. photography by Kioto Aoki