The Spectacular Society

choregraphy, marissa osato . calarts  .  mfa thesis  .  march 2018


Using the U.S. government-sanctioned Japanese internment camps during WWII as a dramaturgical framework, “The Spectacular Society” interweaves evocative movement, live sound, and unconventional spatialization to explore how ethnicity and identity can be negotiated and performed. This intimate 60-minute performance follows seven dancers through vignettes of calm and chaos as they explore themes of dislocation, witnessing, silence, patriotism, community, and spectacle. Drawing from both historical research and her grandmother’s personal accounts of “camp,” choreographer Marissa Osato employs visceral, intricate, and highly-charged contemporary dance movement to re/present an embodied archive of the past while provoking questions about present societal repetition.

Original premiere: California Institute of the Arts March 2018
Concept/Direction/Choreography: Marissa Osato Choreography
Film Direction: Nicolás Savignano
Performers: Kayla Aguila, Maya Angel Allen, Audrey Collette, Catalina Jackson-Urueña, Emara Vee, Kanokporn Vorapharuek, Kevin Zambrano
Original Music Composition: Alkis Nicolaides
Lighting Design: Ben Wilson
Scenic Design: Melanie Waingarten
Costume Design: Edurne Fernandez
Live Musicians: Sean Riddle Wesley Park Alkis Nicolaides
Thanks to my MFA thesis committee: Ariel Osterweis Dimitri Chamblas Julie Bour & Sevim Abaza

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