Butoh and Movement Workshop


With Mitsu Salmon

Sunday September 23, 12 - 2pm
$10 suggested donation

Mitsu’s class will draw from Butoh, contemporary dance, and experimental theater, exploring the connection with the body, unconscious and imagery.

The class will focus on body-weather, Noguchi, and mythical creatures through guided imagery and structured improvisation. Noguchi exercises foster an experience of the body as water with the goal of encountering and releasing the natural body. We will also work with guided imagery, movement, and structured improvisation.  Students are welcome to modify exercises based on their imaginations and interests. All levels welcome and please wear comfortable clothing.

Mitsu Salmon creates performance and visual works that fuse multiple disciplines. Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and her undergrad degree from NYU. She has presented work at places such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Highways, Performance Space 122, and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer in Berlin, London Performance Art Festival, and Urbanguild in Kyoto, Japan. She has participated in artist residencies at Taipei Artist Village, Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, High Concept Lab, Links Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center and Oxbow. She was awarded best collaborative multi-disciplinary performance by Newcity in 2015, DCASE IAP, and a touring grant through Midwest Nexus in 2018. 

The Present


A Film and Performance Workshop by Lior Shamriz

Saturdays July 7 - 28, 1pm-5pm
$70-110 sliding scale

Film director and artist Lior Shamriz leads a 4-week intensive workshop expanding the realm of performance for the camera.

This workshop will be using the live process of recording as means to create a framework for extended representation. The Present focuses on the construction, representation and manipulation of what we call “the present”—as an individual experience and as a shared, common ground, and the function of that common ground as a tool within civil society.

The task of constructing representations of the “real” within live performance for the camera confronts us, as directors and performers with questions about our desires and expectations of how the real should look, sound and feel. Performers and film makers are invited to explore methods for creating the “illusion of the real” with film director and artist Lior Shamriz. The Present is a workshop for those who want feedback on a long term project in an intimate setting and also for those who desire to make a new project within the class. Collaboration is invited among participants but not expected. We will examine examples from film history and visual culture, experiment together in class and work on individual projects.

Lior Shamriz was born in 1978 in Ashkelon on the East Mediterranean where they started making films and music. Shamriz creates essayistic narrations that utilise cinema as performance and the cinematic languages as a process of reflexive documentation. Shamriz is interested in what it means to fabricate the sensuality of the real within a filmic journey, exploiting forms of representation, layering the text of the “now&rqduo; within the work, of living cinematically.

Making Characters With B


A Performance Workshop with Brian Getnick

Saturdays and Sundays
June 2, 3, 9, & 10 11am-2:30pm
$80-100, limited to 14 participants

Build a character performance in a four-day workshop and showing.

What do puppets, holograms, cartoons and monsters tell us about performing the human? Find inspiration in Frankenstein, Tupac hologram, bunraku and Kabuki, lopsided dramas of Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, and contemporary performers. Write, move, collaborate, and discuss. Explore the choreographic, sonic, and spatial potential of character.

Participants from all backgrounds are invited to presents works in progress or start anew.

Brian Getnick is an artist and facilitator of contemporary performance in Los Angeles. His performance work animates sculptural figures that are containers for research into the intersections of memory, history and mythology. Getnick is the director of PAM residencies, a showcase and residency program for performers making long form work and is the founder and co-director with Tanya Rubbak of Native Strategies, a journal documenting performance art in LA since 2011