Michael Sakamoto

University of Iowa

Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist active in dance, theater, media, and photography. His work has been presented in 14 countries, including at the Vancouver International Dance Festival, REDCAT, TACTFest Osaka, and Audio Art Festival-Krakow. As a scholar, Michael's research interests focus on cultural sustainability through performances of crisis in everyday life as well as the relationship among media, visual culture, and the body in the postwar period in Japan and the USA. Michael earned his MFA and PhD from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. He is currently touring "Flash," a buoy/hip-hop dance theater duet with Rennie Harris, and his next project, "Soil," a dance theater trio with Southeast Asian dancers, has received the National Dance Project Grant. Michael's book project, An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis, is under contract with Wesleyan University Press.