FLAK Performance Series


Thursday, May 25, 2017
7:30 p.m.
$10 voluntary admission

FLAK returns once more to Intuit for a final evening of musical and improvisational performances. Join us for an unforgettable night of experimental music!

Ayako Kato
is a dancer, choreographer, improviser, teacher, and curator. She was born in Yokohama, Japan and is based in Chicago. She holds MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, and a certificate from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance of Wesleyan University. Her work stands upon the training and influence of classical ballet, modern dance, eastern movement practices, Tai Chi, Noh Theater, and Butoh.

Since 1998, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape (AUH) produced over 50 choreographic works, 14 of which were full evening length, as well as over 120 long-form music and dance performances, in collaboration with composers, live free-jazz/improvisation musicians as well as visual artists in the US, Japan and Europe. Kato’s group work The Incidents received one of ten Best of Dance 2014 in the Chicago Tribune. In January 2016, the New England Foundation for the Arts, together with the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF), selected Kato as one of 12 artists for the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) of its National Dance Project (NDP).

a.pe.ri.od.ic is a Chicago-based performance collective featuring post-Cagean notated, acoustic, experimental music. Founded in 2010*, a.pe.ri.od.ic's repertoire explores the indeterminacy of various musical elements including instrumentation, structure, pitch, and/or duration. Drawn to works of sparseness, contemplation, and quietude, this "daring group" (Chicago Reader) focuses on scores primarily notated with prose. Led by Nomi Epstein, the ensemble has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by composers such as Michael Pisaro, Eva-Maria Houben, Jurg Frey, James Saunders, and Pauline Oliveros. a.pe.ri.od.ic released its debut album, more or less, featuring the music of Jurg Frey in 2014 under New Focus Recordings.