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Rennie Harris & Michael Sakamoto


March 31, April 1 & 2, 2016 | 7:30PM   


“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.”   --

Flash, a duet choreographed, written and performed by Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, combines their dual approaches to manifesting a body in crisis. The work is conceived as a “conversation” between the artists’ respective aesthetics (hip hop and butoh), cultural backgrounds (African American and Japanese American) and personalities. Hip hop and butoh were both born from marginalized, postwar urban subcultures, and each embodies a philosophical approach to the creation of cultural identity through dance. Flash is an interdisciplinary performance project combining butoh and hip-hop dance, multimedia and other theatrical elements to address the intersection of urban and environmental crisis, social resistance and identity.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016





$30 / $24 Seniors
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The Dance Center’s presentation of Rennie Harris & Michael Sakamoto is funded, in part, by Engaging Dance Audiences, a program administered by Dance/USA and made possible with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.