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Beyond the Box

Beyond the Box is Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima’s Spring 2017 performance series at Links Hall. Curated by Fujima this series articulates her alternative interpretation of traditional Japanese classical dance works. Confounding the boundaries of social expectations and expanding beyond the limitations set by gender roles in the form, Yoshinojo’s series highlights female dance makers who are reshaping the position of women established by traditional roles. The works and artists selected by Yoshinojo press us to address the social landscape of our time and reconsider the global positioning of women and why and how they are portrayed. The resulting presentations offer a re-structured context for these female performers who are expanding their own portrayals in environments transformed by experimental musicians.

Yoshinojo Fujima performing with
ApriL 21 • Mai Ougi featuring Tatsu Aoki, Jamie Kempkers, Lori Ashikawa, KIOTO
ApriL 22 • Quantum Monk II featuring Eric Leonardson
May 19 • The Rage of Kasane featuring Ayako Kato
June 9 & 10 • Anger and the Bell featuring Lenora Lee, Francis Wong, Tatsu Aoki, KIOTO
7:30pm • Links Hall at Constellation • 3111 n. Western Ave., Chicago •
Special Thanks to Grandmaster Shunojo Fujima | Presented by Links Hall and Asian Improv aRts Midwest


Asian improv aRts Midwest is the resident at Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago and is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, Corbett, Duncan & Hubly pc, JCCC Foundation, CityArts by City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Cultural Grants program and The Joyce Foundation. photography by Kioto Aoki