"Soil" is an intercultural dance theater project exploring crisis in three Southeast Asian cultures and their historical relationship with America. Directed, co-written, and co-choreographed by Michael Sakamoto, a lush music score by Japanese koto and guitar duo, lmanishi Reiko and lsohata Shinichi, adds a cinematic energy to the intimacy of the performers' stories. The project was conceived through the personal narratives of three collaborator/performers: Cambodian classical and contemporary dancer, Chey Chankethya ("Kethya"), Thai traditional and contemporary dancer, Waewdao Sirisook, and Vietnamese-American contemporary dancer, Nguyen Nguyen. Referencing political conflict, colonialism, war, refugees, and immigration, Soil draws on multicultural landscapes of America and Asia, performing a vision of 21st-century global society. Various dance forms and styles-including Western contemporary, Cambodian classical, Northern Thai traditional and folk, and butoh-are juxtaposed, remixed and revealed as rooted in the experience of everyday life as global citizens.
Promo video: https://vimeo.com/148201723
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N20glU3FV3w
Tickets: $35, $45 (plus applicable fees); 10% discount for MACC members and half-price kids 12 and under