blue fish World Premiere

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Event Description

Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Theater and Dance, Chicago-based Japanese dancer/choreographer Ayako Kato, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape (AUH), performs the World Premiere of blue fish on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7 pm at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park. In 2016, Kato was a recipient of the 3Arts Award in Dance, a recipient of the Meier Achievement Award, and was named of the Top 5 Chicago Choreographers of 2016 by Newcity Stage. Kato has been producing high-quality interdisciplinary collaborative works with experimental musicians and visual artists since 1998 in the United States, Japan and Europe. 

blue fish is a solo contemporary dance performance that reflects on humanity’s relationship with nature. Drawing upon a traditional Japanese view of nature and the philosophy of Tao, blue fish encourages the audience to perceive the intangible, the beauty of being as it is, which affirms and nurtures the ephemeral nature and dignity of life. For Ayako, dance is the fundamental force that allows her to think, sense, communicate, and move. Her ongoing practice is to rediscover humanity as a part of nature and to represent human movement as the embodiment of “The Way” of nature.  Evoking a sense of hope, blue fish explores the possibility for equilibrium, embracing both stillness and chaos as the paths for transformation when we recognize that we are nature itself.  This premiere coincides with the worldwide celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017. 

Performances: Friday, April 21 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day) at 7:00 pm

Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, within the Enclosed Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 

 *Enter on the west side of the Pavilion, 1 block south of Randolph Street. Entrance is at street level. Staff and signs will guide you.

Admission is FREE,

Seating is first come, first serve.

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*Lantern Workshop: Friday and Saturday, April 21 & 22 ay 5:30 pm in the Choral Rehearsal Room at Jay Pritzker Pavilion 2nd Floor. Create your own lantern to be used for the performance! Space is limited, RSVP now:

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

55 N. Michigan Ave, Millenium Park
Chicago, IL