Art of Being: Degrowth/Slowing Down Dance/Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato

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Art of Being: Degrowth/Slowing Down

Dance/Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato

February - March

Saturdays, Feb 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1- 3 pm CST, 7 sessions (Hybrid: In Person @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater Studio, Chicago, IL & on ZOOM.)

Registration details below or visit Eventbrite

This is the final session to culminate Degrowth/Slowing Down for now before spring arrives in Chicago, and ETHOS IV: Degrowth/Cycle/Rebirth will premiere on April 19 & 20, 2024 at the Dance Center Columbia College.

We will be diving into how to embody the composite symbiotic ways of being which mirrors the way of nature to retrieve what we are and where we are from.

There are so many unsaid and even unconscious “must” pressures in society. These also change based on our age, gender, and role in our own family--and even shift in different cultures.  This time, we'll focus on finding out how we are responding to these expectations (intertwined with capitalistic rhythms) and how we can release ourselves from such patterns. Looking at where the conventional and/or social “must” is coming from and what is the true ethical reason to Be (based on human/our own nature), we will explore dance/movement together as we are--with full awareness.

During the workshop, participants dive into the slowing down practice with the guidance of Complex System. Please don’t worry if you are joining for the first time. You are an expert of your daily life and Ayako will guide you to gain and expand new physical and mental notions. 

Dance is the art of being. Ayako wants to offer this workshop as a daily practice of being,—as a human, mover, performer, artist, dancer, and choreographer. Through this practice, Ayako will share the way to find our centered, grounded, and balanced selves through imagery (and physical reality) based exercises.

Through improvisational and simple compositional exercises, participants will raise a keen awareness of the expansiveness as well as the depth of being. Participants will explore ways to open up the body-mind as an empty conduit to welcome new wind flow through themselves and feel fullness.

Ayako will share how to expand and develop the tangible and intangible tensegrity (tension x integrity) through our bodies and minds to sense new relationships within and around us. Participants will be asked to create their own short dance.

Early Bird Special for 7 sessions: $98 (until Sat, Feb 17); Eventbrite: $16 + $2.91 ($18.91 with fees); Single drop-in: $15-20 (Sliding scale with direct payment).

For Payment: Zelle (Ayako Tsuchiya,, Venmo (@Ayako-Tsuchiya) or PayPal: Thank you!

Registration (including for drop-in anytime) is recommended.

To register, please contact Ayako at furyuayajp(at) or visit Eventbrite.

If you are participating through Zoom, please communicate with Ayako to receive a link.

For non-Eventbrite users, registration is complete when you contact Ayako AND payment is sent.

Please contact for any questions:

Performance Photo by Kristie Shanley

Snow Photo by Ayako Kato

Running Time
2 hours
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater

Hamlin Park Theater, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse 3035 N. Hoyne
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 880-5402