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Michael Sakamoto, Soil

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Alice Jepson Theatre
Modlin Center for the Arts, Alice Jepson Theatre
50 Crenshaw Way
Richmond, VA 23173
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“Sakamoto’s direction manages to tie together so many different scenes and elements that it almost feels like watching a film instead of a dance performance.”  Eleanore Taft, Little Village

“The performers move through the complexities of identity, of belonging and displacement, and of what is lost and found.” – Fabrik Magazine

“Sakamoto creates expressionist theater that evokes the mysterious, the withering and the tongue-in-cheek.” – The San Francisco Bay Guardian

Soil is a dance theater trio conceived by Michael Sakamoto and developed in collaboration with the performers that explores crisis in three Southeast Asian cultures through the personal narratives of Cambodian classical dancer Chey Chankethya, Thai traditional and contemporary dancer Waewdao Sirisook, and Vietnamese-American contemporary dancer Nguyen Nguyen. Lushly arranged dance and incidental music by Japanese koto and guitar duo, Reiko Imanishi and Shinichi Isohata, adds a cinematic energy to the intimate scale of the performers’ stories.

Referencing legacies of political conflict, war, genocide, and environmental destruction, Soil poses the question, “Who am I?”, in the context of a chaotic and rapidly globalizing transnational citizenry. Each performer’s history is affected by the legacy of their home country’s humanitarian, social, and economic crises stemming from colonialism, war, genocide, political turmoil, and natural disaster.

Soil draws on dance forms and multicultural landscapes of America and Asia, performing a vision of 21st Century global society. This expression of intercultural being both connects with and challenges the audience’s sense of identity. Various dance forms and styles—including Western contemporary, Cambodian classical, Northern Thai traditional and folk, and butoh—are juxtaposed, remixed and revealed as rooted in the experience of everyday life as global citizens.

After the Show: Join the Modlin Center for the Arts for Modlin Arts After Words, a post-show discussion with Michael Sakamoto and the performers, moderated by Alicia Díaz, assistant professor of dance at University of Richmond

Free Related Event
CCE Brown Bag Series, An Artist Talk with Michael Sakamoto 

Friday, September 22, 12:30 -1:25 pm
Tyler Haynes Commons 305 - pizza will be served

Adult: $40 UR Student: FREE
Senior (62+): $36 UR Employee: $34
Child (0-12): $20 Group (20+): $36
Modlin Center Subscriber (Purchase 4+ Performances): $32

This presentation of Michael Sakamoto’s Soil, is made possible by The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Soil is also sponsored in part by the Cultural Affairs Committee, the University of Richmond’s Departments of Theatre and Dance and Department of Music.