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CCE Brown Bag: Embracing Cross-Cultural Identity, An Artist's Talk with Michael Sakamoto

12:30 PM - 1:25 PM

Tyler Haynes Commons, 305
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Speaker: Michael Sakamoto, interdisciplinary performance and visual artist, assistant professor, dance, University of Iowa

Location: Tyler Haynes Commons 305

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) hosts weekly Brown Bag discussions, open to members of the campus and the community, from 12:30–1:25p.m. on most Fridays during the academic year. Each week, a speaker or small panel leads a presentation on a provocative social issue, then opens up the floor for discussion.

Conceived as a reflection on cultural tensions and humanitarian crises in three Southeast Asian countries and their historical relationship with the West, Soil is an intercultural dance theater work collaboratively written and choreographed by director and scholar-artist Michael Sakamoto with three dancers: Chey Chankethya (Cambodia), Nguyen Nguyen (Vietnam/America), and Waewdao Sirisook (Thailand).

Referencing political conflict, war, refugees, and immigration, Soil is based on the performers’ lives and considers the question, “Who am I?” in the context of a chaotic and rapidly globalizing transnational citizenry.

In this presentation, Sakamoto speaks on the work’s background and development into a commentary on the writing, dancing, and circulation of diverse cultural identities across transnational landscapes, climates, and other contact zones. After the talk, there will be a Q&A discussion with pizza provided.Presented in collaboration with the Modlin Center for the Arts and One Book One Richmond.

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Soil will be performed in Modlin Center at 7:30pm, Thursday, September 21. Information and tickets