Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Michael Sakamoto

Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar 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. Michael’s recent tours include: "Flash," a butoh/hip-hop duet with Rennie Harris; "Soil," a dance theater trio with performers from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam/USA; and "blind spot," an intermedia performance around personal identity and corporate militarism. Michael's research and performance interests include contemporary imaginings of the butoh-based "body in crisis," corporeal and mediated embodiments of self-reflection and social resistance, and performing the cultural commons and cultural sustainability. He holds an MFA in Dance and PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, is former Co-Director of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program and former Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Iowa. In addition to his artistic and scholarly practice, Michael currently serves as Associate Director of Programming and Director of the Asian Arts and Cultures Program at the Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst. 

I Have Worked With

  • May 2019

    Presenter of solo dance theater work, "Nikkei-Chan".

  • April 2019

    Guest teaching artist for three-day butoh training intensive.

  • March 2019

    Guest scholar-artist for Dance Studies Colloquium. Public and seminar lecture-discussions. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
MICHAEL
Job Title/Position: 
Dance Theater / Photography / Media / Scholar
Physical Address: 
Amherst, MA 01002
Last Name: 
SAKAMOTO
Phone: 
3105627947

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Design - General
Design - Graphic
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Literary Arts - Publishing
Media - Film
Media - Video
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Year Founded: 
1989
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Nonprofits
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Design Services
Marketing Services
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Publishing
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
5
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Dance Studies Association
Education: 
PhD, Culture and Performance, UCLA, 2012
MFA, Dance, UCLA, 2010
Awards: 
National Dance Project Production Grantee
Asian Arts Council grantee
Japan Foundation Arts and Culture Grantee
DanceUSA/James Irvine Foundation California Dancemaker Grantee
Arts International touring grantee
Meet the Composer Grantee
California Community Foundation Artist Fellowship Grantee
Center for Cultural Innovation Grantee
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Variable. Stage-based works require lighting package, house stereo system, and sometimes video projection. Site-specific work requirements TBD.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$20,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
5

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000