michael sakamoto

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"An act of heroic transformation." -
Allan Ullrich, The Voice of Dance

Shades of Pina Bausch crossed with Woody Allen." - Donna Perlmutter, Los Angeles Times

"Serious and absurd, forthright and subversive." - Contemporary Magazine




Performance Projects >

Michael is currently touring Flash, a butoh and hip-hop duet with legendary choreographer-dancer Rennie Harris.

Soil is a dance theater trio in development with performers from Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam and has been awarded a National Dance Project Production and Touring Grant!

blind spot is a dance theater solo and media project in development exploring the relationship between personal identity, intellectual property and corporate militarism.

Photography >

Michael is working on Nu Tong Gin Khao, a photo essay with dancer Waewdao Sirisook about contemporary northern Thai cultural identity, and ongoing documentary projects about northern Thai faun pii (spirit dance), street life in Bangkok and performing electoral politics in Iowa.

Educational and Scholarly work >

Michael is Assistant Professor in Dance at University of Iowa in a new creative and scholarly position dedicated to dance, media and intercultural performance.

Michael's PhD, "An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis," theorizing on butoh, democracy, and sustainability, was reviewed on Dissertation Reviews. (click here)






Upcoming > August 1 - FREE workshop (click for link)
UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures
September 23-28 - Jogjakarta International Performing Arts Festival

Mixed program with Waewdao Sirisook and Amy Knoles + workshop
October 10 - Himeji, Japan
Mixed program with Katsura Kan and Seino Chisato
Spring 2012 (dates TBA) - Highways Performance Space
World premiere of The Empty Room, Los Angeles

New video > "Soil" (work-in-progress)
New dance and music collaboration.




Waewdao Sirisook website

Upcoming Performances and Presentations >



April 11
Teaching World Music Symposium
Performative lecture with Waewdao Sirisook
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL

April 19
SSII: Chicago Post-Butoh Festival
White Screen
dance theater duet with Waewdao Sirisook
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago, IL

July 4
Chiang Mai University Arts Center
dance theater duet w/Waewdao Sirisook
Chiang Mai, Thailand

August 7-8
B-Floor Theater
blind spot
dance theater solo (work-in-progress)
Bangkok, Thailand

August 28-September 1
Performance Studies International-Tohoku Conference
Aomori, Japan

September 11
Colorado College
Hip-hop/butoh duet w/Rennie Harris
Colorado Springs, CO

December 9-13
Soil (work-in-progress)
Intercultural dance theater trio with Chey Chankethya, Nguyen Nguyen and Waewdao Sirisook
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

December 11-15
National Performance Network Annual Meeting
Portland, OR



February 22-23
Virginia Commonwealth University
Hip-hop/butoh duet w/Rennie Harris
February 22 performance
February 23 public discussion w/Akram Khan & Israel Galvan
Philadelphia, PA

March 31-April 2
Dance Center of Columbia College
Hip-hop/butoh duet w/Rennie Harris
Chicago, IL



Waewdao Sirisook website