“They achieve some insights into themselves, how they relate to each other, and how their art forms engage with, mirror, and change each other – and maybe us.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

“Takes the greatest risks and makes the boldest and most moving discoveries.” – Fabrik Magazine

“Their solos of slowed-motion popping and constricted bodies merged into unison movements of mutual pain. Two different cultures and worlds found their dance of darkness together.” – thinkingdance.net

Dance theater performance
Conceived by Michael Sakamoto
Written, directed, choreographed, and performed by Michael Sakamoto and Rennie Harris
Soundscore by Raphael Xavier and Michael Sakamoto
Video sequences by Michael Sakamoto

Artists Innovation Grantee, Center for Cultural Innovation

Work-in-progress touring 2012-2014
Evening-length premiere and touring 2015-2017


Flash is a dance theater duet written, choreographed, and performed by Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto combining their dual approaches to manifesting an urban American body in crisis. Hip-hop and butoh were born from marginalized, postwar urban subcultures, and each embodies a philosophical approach to the creation of cultural identity through dance. Flash is thus conceived as a public “conversation” between the artists’ respective aesthetics, cultural backgrounds, and personalities.

Touring history:
Dance Center of Columbia College-Chicago, Chicago, IL
Vancouver International Dance Festival, Vancouver, Canada
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA
MECA, Houston, TX

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