AN IMPOSSIBLE TERRITORY: AMERICAN BUTOH

Tuesdays
September 4th – October 9th
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Join us for this 6-week workshop led by performer and choreographer, Adam Rose.

What are the possibilities for an American Butoh? Could the form be re-invented for an American context? This six week workshop will ask difficult questions not normally addressed in discussions around Butoh. Workshop participants will be guided through an intensive investigation of contemporary body performance through a combination of lecture, discussion, and movement exercise.

Week 1: ALLIANCE.
An impossible territory. Neo-colonial aesthetics from the conqueror’s point of view.
Playing the victim. Becoming the villain.

Week 2: COSMETIC SURGERY.
Wholesale cultural exports. The chimera of fame and permanent adolescence.
Destroying the face. Broken window aesthetics.

Week 3: BODIES AND LAND.
The American landscape and the impossible American body.
Where is the land that has not been robbed? Inheritors of the wasteland.

Week 4: RESOURCE EXTRACTION.
Selling us water. The body as property. Hand coding the human genome.
Biopunk and neon style.

Week 5: NUKES.
Military superiority and uniform fetishism. Nukes, puke, and slime.
Ideal mutations. Worst case scenarios.

Week 6: EMPIRE.
Chicago: Imperial City of the Great West. Frontier shadows.
Land of the Setting Sun.

ADAM ROSE
is the Artistic Director of Antibody Corporation, a company specializing in mind-body and occult research. www.antibodycorp.org

Free will donation for classes.

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