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




New Performance Projects > Flash is a butoh and hip-hop duet with legendary choreographer-dancer Rennie Harris, and Soil is a dance theater trio with performers from Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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.




Waewdao Sirisook website

Upcoming Performances and Presentations >


Bangkok University -
Gherm (AND) Flash Mixtape
Dance theater performance (solo and duet with Waewdao Sirisook)
Fri-Sat, January 31-February 1, 7pm

University of British Columbia, Vancouver -
Dance theater duet with Waewdao Sirisook
Decolonizing Utopias Conference
Friday, March 14 (time TBA)

Vancouver International Dance Festival -
Hip-hop and butoh duet with Rennie Harris
March 19-20, 6pm
The Roundhouse, Vancouver, Canada

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
April 24-25
Overture Center Promenade Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bangkok University -
Soil and Blind Spot
Dance theater trio with Chey Chankethya, Nguyen Nguyen, and Waewdao Sirisook (AND) premiere of new intermedia solo
October 3-5 (times TBA)

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)
Philadelphia, PA


Waewdao Sirisook website