Art of Being: Freestyle Inside Out

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Dance/Movement Workshop with Ayako Kato

Saturdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2023 1:00-3:00 pm CST (Hybrid In Person @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater Studio, Chicago, IL & on ZOOM.

Please reach Ayako to register, see below, and receive a link if you are participating through Zoom.)

Through this session, we will perceive the age which we are living in from a bird's eye view and, at the same time, explore our origin to seek the dance we want to be expressing. This will be done in comparison with and in reflection upon how Japanese postmodern dance, butoh, emerged in the specific time and culture.

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 6 sessions: $60 (due on April 22; Single drop-in: $12-15 (Sliding scale).

Registration (including for drop-in anytime) is recommended. Just contact Ayako: furyuayajp@gmail,com

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

Please contact for any questions:

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