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Dance Without Sight Workshop, with Mana HASHIMOTO (Japan/NYC)
HCL Studio
Chicago, IL
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Dance Without Sight Workshop, with Mana HASHIMOTO (Japan/NYC)
blushing poppy and HCL present:

Dance Without Sight Workshop, with Mana HASHIMOTO (Japan/NYC)
Sunday, Oct. 21st/ 11am-3pm,
HCL Studio, 1401 W. Wabansia
Chicago IL, 60642
contact: Nicole,, 773-387-8418
$42, non-refundable

Dance Without Sight Workshop asks sighted participants to shut out visual information and to open other senses such as touching, hearing, sense of smell, etc. which encourages a new experience of the body-being and mind in space. Non-sighted participants are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to open the body-being and mind in new ways. Primarily using verbal guidance with sensitivity toward subtle energy perception, the individual imaginations are awakened. Attention is then directed to the timeless realm of body-being, to an internal capturing of a different time and space. Participants discover the possibility of another reality that is neither seeing nor un-seeing.

Individual, partner, and group exercises promote a safe, well-supported and well-integrated environment for all to learn, grow, and expand through body sensation, movement, and perception.  No previous butoh or dance experience necessary.
Open to all.

**Mana HASIMOTO will perform (Saturday/Sunday only) as part of Butoh Sorbet 2012. Follow links below for details and discount tickets.

Fri./ Sat. Oct. 19th-20th, 8PM, Sun. Oct. 21st, 7PM
Links Hall, 3435 N Sheffield Ave, #207
$10 student, senior/$12 advance/ $15 door

BUTOH SORBET 2012 is a palette-pleasing array of provocative short butoh pieces and excerpts. Featured performers include SU-EN (Sweden, Fri/Sat only), Mana Hashimoto (Japan/NYC, Sat/Sun only), and select emerging artists drawn from the local butoh community. Co-presented by blushing poppy + Links Hall.

Mana HASHIMOTO (NYC/Japan) :
Born in Tokyo, Mana studied classical ballet from the age of 4. She came to the US in 1993. In addition to continuing her dance training, she studied jazz composition and piano at Berklee Academy of Music and at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Mana moved to NYC in 1998 and focused her study on modern dance. In 1999, while she was a student at Martha Graham School of Dance, she lost her sight completely due to undiagnosed optic nerve atrophy. At that moment, her journey to discover her original way of creative dance began.

The following year she started to choreograph and perform professionally. In 2001, she received an artist visa to continue performing in the US and with collaborators Takako Matsuda and Naeko Shikano, established the dance company Tredders in the Snow. In 2005, Hashimoto was a principal artist of the Space Dance project produced by Tetsuro Fukuhara, and began performing her own choreography in various locations throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has had the honor of performing at the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio in 2003, at the Puffin Room and at CRS on multiple occasions, in Paris and at the Avignon Butoh Festival with Katsura Kan, at the Zodiac Theatre in Finland, at the National Modern Art Museum in Lithuania, Un concerts, and elsewhere. Recently, Hashimoto has been sponsored by the Sasakawa Foundation to give workshops in Dance Without Sight as part of a cultural exchange program between Japan and Finland.

Through her experience of being blind, she discovered her own way of approaching dance and developed the use of other senses such as touching, hearing and smelling. Her aim on the stage is to share the space as a three-dimensional space with people through an imaginary visual sense as well as sound, smell and touch. Her original movement, which comes from her internal image, uses rhythm uniquely. She sees her body as an instrument.

Mana performs and teaches internationally and routinely collaborates with visual artists, dancers, musicians, and filmmakers. In addition to her dance and choreographic experience, she is an accomplished musician as both an improviser and composer. She is also interested in ecology and hopes to create a better environment by working with community through the arts.

blushing poppy (, the epicenter for butoh in Chicago since 2002, nourishes a comprehensive ecology of butoh in the Midwest through community-based artistic encounters fostering talents and honing skills of international, regional and local butoh-based performing artists.

photo by Mari Ishiko



HCL Studio (View)
1401 W. Wabansia
Chicago, IL 60642
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