Michael Sakamoto, Soil

September 21, 2017, 7:30 PM
Alice Jepson Theatre

Soil is a dance theater trio 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. Conceived by Michael Sakamoto and developed in collaboration with the performers, Soil includes lushly arranged dance and incidental music by Japanese koto and guitar duo Reiko Imanishi and Shinichi Isohata, which 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.

Modlin Arts After Word
Join the Modlin Center for the Arts for Modlin Arts After Words, a post-show question-and-answer session following this performance. 

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. 

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Senior (62+): $36 UR Employee: $34
Child (0-12): $20 Group (20+): $36

Michael Sakamoto, Soil