TRADE ROUTES: A FESTIVAL OF ARTISTIC EXCHANGE

TRADE ROUTES: A FESTIVAL OF ARTISTIC EXCHANGE

Mitsu Salmon, Michael Sakamoto

Sat, December 9, 2017 - Sun, December 10, 2017

9:00 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10 student/senior - $12 online - $15 door - $40 festival pass

Mitsu Salmon | Tsuchi
Tsuchi is a solo interdisciplinary performance drawn from the story of Mitsu’s great-grandfather’s imagration from Japan to Hawaii to pursue his dream of becoming a high-end waiter. The work delves into his life, connecting his narrative to the Hawaiian queen, a steel guitar musician, and his great-grandaughter; exporing questions of family and travel through Butoh, dance, music and text. Tsuchi is a collaboration between Mitsu and sound artists Alyssa Moxley and Kevin Carey. 

Michael Sakamoto | blind spot

Michael Sakamoto and Christopher Jette present excerpts from “blind spot,” a work-in-progress dance and sound performance. Using Michael’s autobiographical narrative and visual metaphors from photography and cinema, “blind spot” addresses the intersection between intellectual property, corporate militarism and personal narrative.

 

TRADE ROUTES: A FESTIVAL OF ARTISTIC EXCHANGE
Five Chicago-based artists/companies have been selected to participate in TRADE ROUTES, a festival of artistic exchange. Each local artist has selected an out of town partner they would like to host in Chicago and split a bill with during our festival, and each exchange project is given a travel stipend so that the Chicago artist can finance touring to their partnering artist’s hometown.
Mitsu Salmon
Mitsu Salmon
Mitsu Salmon creates original performance and visual works, which fuse multiple disciplines. She was born in the melting pot of Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Her creation in differing mediums, the translation of one medium to another, is connected to the translation of differing cultures and languages.
Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. In 2005 she graduated from NYU where she majored in Experimental Theater. She has performed solo work at places such Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Highways Performance Space and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer (Berlin) Central Saint Martins (London), and Urbanguild (Kyoto). She has participated in the Asquared Asian American Performance Festival in Chicago, the Berlin Performance Art Festival, and Act Art London Performance Art Festival.
She has been awarded artists residencies at Earthdance in Massachettes, Oxbow in Michigan, Tsung Yeh in Taiwan and Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, Indonesia. In Chicago, she has been awarded residencies through High Concept Lab, the Cultural Center, and Links Hall.
Michael Sakamoto
Michael Sakamoto
Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist active in dance, theatre, media and photography and one of the leading butoh-based performers in the USA. Dedicated to nurturing intercultural dialogue and cultural sustainability through performative and visual methodologies, Michael creates choreographic and narrative performances, media works and photo essays designed to challenge audience assumptions and reveal diverse experiences across geography, language and social boundaries. His works have been presented in 14 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America, including at REDCAT, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance Center of Columbia College (2016), TACT/Fest Osaka, UCLA Fowler Museum and many others. He is currently touring: “Flash”, a butoh/hip-hop duet with acclaimed choreographer Rennie Harris; “Soil”, a dance theater trio with Southeast Asian dancers; and “blind spot”, an intermedia solo performance exploring intellectual property censorship and corporate militarism. Michael is also writing a book project, “An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis” for Wesleyan University Press.
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/