Michael has been awarded two of the nation’s top dance artist residencies: a Jacob’s Pillow Lab Residency in October 2022 and at the National Center for Choreography at Akron in January 2023 to develop the Garden of the Wilis performance collaboration with George de la Peña, Hyeyung Sol Yoon, and Asher Hartman.

Watch the Inside the Pillow Lab mini-doc:

Stay tuned for production and tour updates!


Creative Projects

Current projects:
Garden of the Wilis (work in progress)
Our Utopia (work in progress)


An Empty Room: Imagining Butoh and the Social Body in Crisis – Michael’s new book in butoh-related history, theory and practice, released in 2022 from Wesleyan University Press (Order here!)

blind spot: media, memory, and resistance – Just published (Nov 2022), unpacking intercultural embodiment, history, and oppression in my experience of being Asian American in the US and Thailand.

Empire of Prisons: Reading Roland Barthes and Hijikata Tatsumi in the animus of laughter (a bit older from 2020, but the essay I’m most proud of in my life…:)

Photo: Cedric Arnold