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“But the most important sense in which the spectacle became the trauma of Japanese Americans consisted in the demand placed on internees to comply with this spectacularization so as to provide ‘proof’ of their loyalty to the United States—a command performance that actually prevented internees from fully processing the material violence enacted against them by the internment policy” — Emily Roxworthy, The Spectacle of Japanese American Trauma
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.
The Spectacular Society
Director & Choreographer | Marissa Osato
Performers | Karen Chuang, Emily Crouch, Shiori Kamijo, Jason Martin, Grayson McGuire, Vickie Roan
Composer & Sound Designer | Alkis Nicolaides
Musicians | Alkis Nicolaides (guitar), Wesley Park (drums), Sean Riddle (bass)
Costume Designer | Edu Fernandez
Running Time | Approx. 60 minutes
Friday-Saturday, November 22-23, 2019
Doors at 7:30PM, Performance at 8PM
$20-30 sliding scale in advance*
$30 at the door
*A $25 ticket price represents the true cost per attendee to cover production costs and artists fees for The Spectacular Society. If you can, consider giving a little more and purchase a $30 ticket to help make the production accessible to others.
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