Michael Sakamoto

Michael Sakamoto
Assistant Professor; Honors Program Director
Phone: 
319.335.2190

Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist active in dance, theatre, performance, photography, and media. His solo, ensemble, and visual works have been presented in 14 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America with such venues as the Vancouver International Dance Festival, REDCAT, Audio Art Festival-Krakow, Roulette/NYC, TACTFest Osaka, San Francisco International Butoh Festival, and many others. He has received grants and fellowships from numerous funders, such as the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, Asian Cultural Council, Meet the Composer, DanceUSA, Japan Foundation, Arts International, and others. 

Current creative projects include: Flash, a butoh and hip-hop dance theater duet with Rennie Harris, touring internationally since 2014; Soil, a dance theater trio with performers from Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam/USA, premiering February 2017 at Hancher Auditorium; blind spot, an intermedia performance solo in development with digital composer Christopher Jette; and Nu Tong Gin Khao, a performance photo essay collaboration with Thai dancer and UI adjunct faculty Waewdao Sirisook, premiered July 2016 at RMA Institute in Bangkok, Thailand.

Michael is also a dance and performance studies scholar, with book chapters, articles, and reviews recently published or in press with Routledge, Palgrave-Macmillan, and Taylor and Francis. Michael is also under contract with Wesleyan University Press to complete a book project, An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis, tracing resonances among butoh, social theory and cultural sustainability.

Deeply influenced by butoh, zen philosophy, hip-hop culture, cinema, and life as an international citizen, Michael creates work to engage artists and audiences in performative and perceptual spaces with the goals of intercultural dialogue and contemplative experience. As an educator, Michael enjoys working with students from an individualized approach, understanding each person as a unique artist and learner and helping them to develop their own idiosyncratic voice, skill set, and social awareness. 

More information at www.michaelsakamoto.com