Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Soil

When: February 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Where: 302 Schaeffer Hall, 302 Schaeffer Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242

Conceived as a reflection on cultural tensions and humanitarian crises in three Southeast Asian countries and their historical relationship with the West, “Soil” is a dance theater work collaboratively written and choreographed by director and[...]

When:
February 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
2017-02-06T12:00:00-06:00
2017-02-06T13:30:00-06:00
Where:
302 Schaeffer Hall
302 Schaeffer Hall
Iowa City
IA 52242
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Soil @ 302 Schaeffer Hall

Conceived as a reflection on cultural tensions and humanitarian crises in three Southeast Asian countries and their historical relationship with the West, “Soil” is a dance theater work collaboratively written and choreographed by director and scholar-artist Michael Sakamoto with three dancers: Chey Chankethya (Cambodia), Nguyen Nguyen (Vietnam/USA), and Waewdao Sirisook (Thailand).

Based on the performers’ lives, “Soil” addresses issues of contested social values and body politic; authorial agency around cultural heritage, commodification, and sustainability; and “East-West” transnational identity.

In this presentation, Sakamoto speaks on the work’s background and development into a commentary on the writing, dancing, and circulation of diverse identities across transnational landscapes, climates, and other contact zones. After the talk, there will be an open discussion with attendees with a light lunch provided. Presented in association with the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.