Intercultural, small ensemble performance
Conceived, co-written, and directed by Michael Sakamoto
Co-written, choreographed, and performed by Waewdao Sirisook (Thailand), Chey Chankethya (Cambodia), and Nguyen Nguyen (Vietnam/USA)
Original music by Reiko Imanishi and Shinichi Isohata
Additional music by Raphael Xavier
Video sequences by Michael Sakamoto
Work-in-progress touring 2012-2015
Evening-length premiere (Hancher Performances) and touring 2017-present

“The performers move through the complexities of identity, of belonging and displacement, and of what is lost and found.” – Fabrik Magazine

National Dance Project Grant Winner!

Touring contact: Laura Colby, Elsie Management,

Soil is an evening-length, intercultural dance theater trio conceived and directed by Michael Sakamoto and co-written and co-choreographed with the performers: Cambodian classical and contemporary dancer Chey Chankethya, Thai traditional and contemporary dancer Waewdao Sirisook, and Vietnamese-American contemporary dancer Nguyen Nguyen. The original music is by Reiko Imanishi and Shinichi Isohata. Referencing legacies of political conflict, war, genocide, and environmental destruction, Soil explores crisis in three Southeast Asian cultures and transnational, East-West identity through the dancers’ personal narratives and choreography.

World premiere:
Hancher Performances at University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
February 8-9, 2017

Touring Performances:
University of Richmond, 2017
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 2018
Additional venues TBA, October 2018

Work-in-progress performed:
University of Iowa, 2015
Bangkok University, 2014
Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, 2012

Length: 55 minutes

Staging: Proscenium, black box, or site-specific versions

Personnel: 5 persons – 1 director/stage manager, 3 performers, 1 lighting/tech director

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