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Wednesday, May 8 + Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 6-11pm
Mutual Irradiation: Butoh and Noguchi Taiso Workshops with Mari Osanai + I dm Theftable
Presented as part of Just In Time: 30 Years of Collective Practice

Mutual Irradiation: Butoh and Noguchi Taiso Workshops with Mari Osanai + I dm Theftable

Two Days of Butoh Workshops and Performances

Wednesday, May 8 + Thursday, May 9, 2019

Workshops begin at 6pm
Performances begin at 9:30pm
$15 for Workshop + Performance each night
$25 discount for two-night entry
*no tickets, pay at door (no one turned away for lack of funds)
*dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat if you wish, BYO snacks

About the Event

Mutual Irradiation and Vox Populi Gallery present a two night residency of workshops and performances with dancer, choreographer and teacher of Noguchi Taiso and Butoh, Mari Osanai from Aomori, Japan. The two night run will close with a first time meeting/improvisation between Mari and sound artist, I dm Theftable.

Dancer, choreographer and teacher Mari Osanai has performed and taught in Japan, Canada, USA, Greece and Germany. Her workshops focus on Noguchi Taiso combined with the influences of her early training in Tai Chi, western dance methods, traditional folk dance in Aomori, Japan (her birthplace), and the connection between one’s thoughts and sensation of weight. Osanai’s approach to movement research and exploration begins with a heightened awareness of gravity’s influence on the body and the body’s connection with the center of the earth.

Exercises in the workshop train the body to embrace its weight and heighten its sensitivity to move from its most relaxed and receptive state. Starting with images, such as washing the body with water, air, sunlight, workshop participants will discover the body’s vital energies rooted in its inherent hydrodynamics. Movement and form result as participants ingest imagery inside their bodies and allow the changes to shift the body’s interior.

The Noguchi Taiso physical training technique was founded in Japan by Michizo Noguchi. A quote by founder Michizo Noguchi: “I define Noguchi Taiso as a creation of one’s new self as nature within us. Noguchi Taiso draws from a natural force that exists in our body and that is expressed through and with the natural materials that our bodies are made of. Taiso = Gymnastics is a way of exploring HUMANITY. My whole being is laboratory (atelier), research material (canvas) and scholar (artist).”

I dm Theftable performs within and without the realms of noise, avant-improvisation, sound poetry, performance, et c. et c. et c. using voice, found objects, electronics, and whatever else is available. He has given hundreds of performances across 4 continents in settings ranging from the scummiest of squats to the fanciest of festivals.

About Mutual Irradiation

Mutual Irradiation is an interdisciplinary performance and lecture series initiated by Jim Strong. Referencing a Quaker devotional text, Mutual Irradiation refers to as an inner radiance which can be mutually drawn between the listener and the one being listened to, in the pull of deep conversation and sharing. A category of listening which in a social and reciprocal context behaves like the connecting of a circuit, beginning a transmission of radiance, intimacy, ideas, blueprints…

Please note that Vox Populi is located on the third floor of a historic warehouse building at 319 N. 11th Street and that there are five steps leading from the street-level to the first-floor landing where the passenger elevator picks-up/drops-off. The entry into/out of the elevator is 29-inches wide, so may not accommodate all wheelchairs or motorized chairs. Any individual requiring a ramp to navigate this entryway is encouraged to get in touch with Vox Populi ahead of time to coordinate ramp-access and discuss accessibility details. Our ramps may not be suitable for all wheelchairs or motorized chairs, so we strongly encourage anyone requiring a ramp to be in touch at: or 215.238.1236

Mutual Irradiation: Butoh and Noguchi Taiso Workshops with Mari Osanai + I dm Theftable
May 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
May 9, 2019 @ 11:00 pm