Artists Connect: Ayako Kato and James Becker

Live Arts


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Contemporary dancer Ayako Kato and musician James Becker (Califone / Iron and Wine) collaborate on an in-gallery performance in response to the Ando Gallery.

Artists Connect is a new series of in-gallery programs that highlight the creative process. Artists, poets, dancers, and musicians engage with works of art, making connections to their own practice and inspiring new ways of understanding the Art Institute’s collection.

Support for Live Arts programming is provided by the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About the Artists

Ayako Kato is an award-winning Chicago-based dancer, choreographer, improviser, teacher, and curator, originally from Yokohama, Japan. Since 1998, she has been an artistic director of Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape (AUH) and has presented and performed her works extensively in the United States, Japan, and Europe. Most recently, she received 2016 3Arts Award in Dance, a 2016 Meier Achievement Award, and was named as one of the Top 5 Chicago Choreographers of 2016 by Newcity Stage.

Jim Becker is a Chicago-based musician, producer, and sound engineer who has played around the city and around the world since the 1980s. Jim has worked recording and engineering his own music and that of numerous other musicians. He has recorded and collaborated with a long list of rock, folk, experimental, and old time bands. Jim tours the US and Europe extensively, most recently with Califone and Iron and Wine.

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