Performing Artist

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.