William Franco & Miki Seifert
are U.S. installation/Butoh performance artists from Los Angeles. They have created installations in galleries, museums and non-traditional settings, including a former county jail, a motel room, and a defunct nursery, and have performed at the Tropico de Nopal, Highways Performance Space, Avenue 50 Studio, Electric Lodge, Track 16, and the streets of Los Angeles, as well as at the U.S.-Mexico border. While working in New Zealand they have created installations at the James Smith, Adams Art Gallery, Museum of Wellington City & Sea, and Mexico Embassy. They have performed Butoh in public spaces, such as Cuba Street and the James Smith Corner, as well as Soundings Stage at Te Papa Tongarewa, The Film Archive and Massey University
William Franco, 2007 Fulbright Fellow to New Zealand, has a Master of Fine Arts from Massey University, and Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film & Video, from the California Institute for the Arts. He is working on his PhD in interaction installations from a cultural perspective at Te Kawa a Maui/School of Māori Studies at Victoria University. In addition to producing his own videos, he has worked as a location sound mixer on independent features and documentaries. His extensive production experience in film, video and theatrical/dance performance in location, studio and museum settings has led to his finely-honed technical expertise in lighting, audio and video. He has studied Butoh with Diego Pinon, Don McCleod, Oguri, and Shinichi Momo Koga.