"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
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) and also nightlife in the Sukhimvit area of Bangkok.
Educational and Scholarly work > Michael has just begun a year as artist-in-residence and adjunct faculty for the theater program at Bangkok University, teaching devised performance and physical acting, developing and touring new works, and cultivating academic relationships with other performing arts schools.
Michael's PhD, "An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis," theorizing on butoh, democracy, and sustainability, was just reviewed on the website, Dissertation Reviews. (click here)
Crisis movement training > Michael is continuing his development of a butoh-based training method for crisis resolution and working with different student populations and communities. Workshops so far in Indonesia, Thailand, and throughout the USA.
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.
Upcoming Performances and Presentations >
University of British Columbia, Vancouver -
Dance theater duet with Waewdao Sirisook
Decolonizing Utopias Conference
Friday, March 14 (time TBA)
University of Victoria -
Gherm (AND) Flash Mixtape
Dance theater solo and duet with Waewdao Sirisook
Tues, March 25 (time TBA)
Line Breaks Festival 2014 -
Hip-hop and butoh performance with Rennie Harris
Overture Center Promenade Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Barnes Foundation and Painted Bride Arts Center -
Hip-hop and butoh duet with Rennie Harris
December 5, 6-9pm (Barnes) AND December 12-13, 8pm (PBAC)