"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 photography > After completing his El Espiritu del Barrio Chino project, Michael is now developing a photo essay with dancer Waewdao Sirisook set in the Lanna region of northern Thailand. (See early pics on Facebook!)
Educational and Scholarly work > Michael has been appointed Program Director of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College's West Coast campus and recently completed his PhD, "An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis," theorizing on butoh, democracy, and sustainability.
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.