Flak Series: Ayako Kato & a.pe.ri.od.ic

May 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
$10 Suggested Donation

Flak Series

This event takes place at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

Ayako Kato and a.pe.ri.od.ic perform works by Alvin Lucier, G Douglas Barrett, and Billie Howard in this evening performance at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. In addition to performing works by the contemporary composers, Kato and members of the a.pe.ri.od.ic will share a collaborative live-improvised set.

FLAK is a performance art series that takes place primarily at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago. The series began in 2014 and has since developed 15 original shows. Flak Series promotes experimental and avant garde artists who are working in a variety of styles and mediums. To put it simply: Flak is about creating new work, it is an outlet for talented artists from all mediums and backgrounds to experiment and collaborate freely.  High Concept Labs is pleased to collaborate with the FLAK Performance series in 2017.


Ayako KatoAyako 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 by Mark Doddato, 2016a.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. The ensemble is devoted to performing works of the Wandelweiser collective, in addition to other living experimental composers based primarily in the US and Europe.

Led by Nomi Epstein, the ensemble has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by composers such as Michael Pisaro, Eva-Maria Houben, Jürg Frey, James Saunders, and Pauline Oliveros. a.pe.ri.od.ic released its debut album, more or less, featuring the music of Jürg Frey in 2014 under New Focus Recordings. The group has received funding from the Swiss Arts Council, the Earle Brown Foundation, the Goethe Institute, and the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. Members of a.pe.ri.od.ic hold graduate degrees in music performance or composition from Chicago-area universities and conservatories, and are featured in other Chicago-based groups including Ensemble Dal Niente, Outer Voices, and NbN.