Work in progress: blind spot

Intermedia dance theater performance
Written, directed, choreographed, and performed by Michael Sakamoto
Live sound and musical score by Christopher Jette

blind spot info sheet

Work-in-progress performances (2014-present):
Bangkok Art and Culture Center/Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand
Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
B-Floor Theatre, Bangkok, Thailand
Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA
Links Hall, Chicago, IL
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA

Michael Sakamoto
script • direction • choreography • video • performance

Christopher Jette
soundscore • digital design

Inspired by visual metaphors from photography, cinema, and social media, and the ways we use them to create our identity in public and private, performance artist Michael Sakamoto takes us on an autobiographical journey from his family’s life in postwar America to his own history and desire navigating global culture in the early 21st Century. blind spot offers a potent audience experience through a mix of butoh funk dance, engaging dialogue, media art, and a live soundscore and digital design by musician Christopher Jette.

blind spot is also a heady conversation around the intersection of intercultural identity, intellectual property, America’s fraught relationship with Asia, and contemporary crises around corporate militarism. “We all have blind spots in our lives: emotional, physical, cultural, and political,” states Sakamoto. “This performance is an embodiment of that reality, asking questions about everyday life that each viewer can only answer for themselves.”

Collaborator:
Christopher Jette is a curator of lovely sounds, creating work as a composer and new media artist. His creative work explores the artistic possibilities at the intersection of human performers/creators and technological tools. Christopher’s research details his technical and aesthetic investigations and explores technology as a physical manifestation of formalized human constructs. A highly collaborative artist, he has created works that involve dance, theater, websites, electronics, food, toys, typewriters, cell phones, instrument design and good ol’ fashioned wood and steel instruments. In addition to creating concert music, Christopher explores Creative Placemaking through site-specific and interactive work as a core-four member of the Anchorage based Light Brigade. He was the 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Grant Wood Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Iowa and currently serves as Lecturer and Technical Director at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

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