‘The Spectacular Society’ Art Exhibit, March 9 & 10
By Signal Contributor
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
When:
March 9, 2018, 8:00 pm @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-03-09T20:00:00-08:00
2018-03-09T21:00:00-08:00
Where:
CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Theater
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355
USA
Cost:
$10
Contact:
CalArts box office
661-255-1050

THE SPECTACULAR
SOCIETY
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 and CalArts MFA candidate 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. The Spectacular Society runs March 9-10, 2018 at 8:00pm in the
Sharon Disney Lund Theater at CalArts. No intermission, no late seating. Tickets are $2
CalArtians/$10 general admission. Production support provided by the Sharon Disney
Lund School of Dance and the Office of the Provost at California Institute of the Arts.
For tickets and further information, visit https://calarts.edu/about/news-andevents/
events-calendar/event-details/the-spectacular-society or contact the CalArts
box office at tickets@calarts.edu or 661-255-1050 between 12pm-8pm M-F. Parking is
free in the campus lots and the theater is wheelchair accessible.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
A Los Angeles native, Marissa Osato is a choreographer, director, and dance educator who
creates emotionally-driven, embodied narratives through a sociocultural lens. Marissa is the
co-founder/co-artistic director of the LA-based dance company, Entity Contemporary Dance,
which has performed and taught workshops across the U.S. and Asia. Drawing from
contemporary, jazz, and street dance techniques, Marissa’s choreography mixes highly
charged, virtuosic movement with intricate, precise gestures driven by a rhythmic pulse.
Marissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in
Dance and B.A. in Literary Journalism, and will complete her M.F.A. in Choreography from
California Institute of the Arts in May 2018. Marissa has performed on television shows such as
The Ellen DeGeneres Show and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, and has worked with
musical artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Charice. A
passionate educator, Marissa has taught and set choreography at over 40 studios and colleges
across the U.S., and has taught master classes in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America,
Canada, and Guam. Currently, Marissa teaches at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood,
tours with the national convention, West Coast Dance Explosion, and co-directs Entity
Contemporary Dance. As the 2017 Capezio ACE Awards winners, Marissa and her partner, Will
Johnston, will be presenting a new evening length work with their company Entity
Contemporary Dance in New York City this summer 2018. marissaosato.com

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‘The Spectacular Society’ Art Exhibit, March 9 & 10

When:
March 9, 2018, 8:00 pm @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-03-09T20:00:00-08:00
2018-03-09T21:00:00-08:00
Where:
CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Theater
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355
USA
Cost:
$10
Contact:
CalArts box office
661-255-1050

THE SPECTACULAR
SOCIETY
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 and CalArts MFA candidate 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. The Spectacular Society runs March 9-10, 2018 at 8:00pm in the
Sharon Disney Lund Theater at CalArts. No intermission, no late seating. Tickets are $2
CalArtians/$10 general admission. Production support provided by the Sharon Disney
Lund School of Dance and the Office of the Provost at California Institute of the Arts.
For tickets and further information, visit https://calarts.edu/about/news-andevents/
events-calendar/event-details/the-spectacular-society or contact the CalArts
box office at tickets@calarts.edu or 661-255-1050 between 12pm-8pm M-F. Parking is
free in the campus lots and the theater is wheelchair accessible.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
A Los Angeles native, Marissa Osato is a choreographer, director, and dance educator who
creates emotionally-driven, embodied narratives through a sociocultural lens. Marissa is the
co-founder/co-artistic director of the LA-based dance company, Entity Contemporary Dance,
which has performed and taught workshops across the U.S. and Asia. Drawing from
contemporary, jazz, and street dance techniques, Marissa’s choreography mixes highly
charged, virtuosic movement with intricate, precise gestures driven by a rhythmic pulse.
Marissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in
Dance and B.A. in Literary Journalism, and will complete her M.F.A. in Choreography from
California Institute of the Arts in May 2018. Marissa has performed on television shows such as
The Ellen DeGeneres Show and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, and has worked with
musical artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Charice. A
passionate educator, Marissa has taught and set choreography at over 40 studios and colleges
across the U.S., and has taught master classes in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America,
Canada, and Guam. Currently, Marissa teaches at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood,
tours with the national convention, West Coast Dance Explosion, and co-directs Entity
Contemporary Dance. As the 2017 Capezio ACE Awards winners, Marissa and her partner, Will
Johnston, will be presenting a new evening length work with their company Entity
Contemporary Dance in New York City this summer 2018. marissaosato.com

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