Experiencing Interruptions?

to peer through veils

An internal awakening to the shadows of history in Little Tokyo and WWII-era Bronzeville.

During the WWII Japanese American incarceration, Little Tokyo became known as Bronzeville—a center for Black business, culture, and jazz. Yet the hope for a postwar Black and Japanese American community was never realized. “to peer through veils" awakens this shared experience of racism and the potential power of solidarity. Reckoning with the echoes of ancestral and societal history, how do we move forward?

  • Marissa Osato
    Entity Contemporary Dance, Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director
  • Scott Oshima
    Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
  • Shiori Kamijo
    Key Cast
  • Vickie Roan
    Key Cast
  • Alex Laya
    Director of Photography
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase

    United States
    May 20, 2021
    U.S. premiere
  • Japanese American Cultural & Community Center's OKAGESAMA dance screening series
    June 1, 2021
  • Lights Dance Festival
    Seattle, Washington
    United States
    October 13, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Greensboro Dance Film Festival
    Greensboro, NC
    United States
    October 30, 2021
    Official Selection
  • InShadow Festival
    November 15, 2021
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • International Dance Conference and Festival
    October 28, 2021
    Asia Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Marissa Osato

A Los Angeles native, Marissa Osato is a choreographer, director, and educator who creates emotionally-driven, embodied narratives through a sociocultural lens. Using a hybrid language of contemporary, modern, and hip hop dance techniques, Marissa’s choreography exhibits a sense of rhythm and dynamism, of groundedness and abandon, of stillness and intimacy. Marissa is the co-founder/co-artistic director of Entity Contemporary Dance, an LA-based dance company rooted in a fusion of contemporary dance techniques that has taught workshops and performed original repertory in the U.S., Mexico, and Asia. Marissa earned an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Dance and BA in Literary Journalism from the University of California, Irvine. As a dancer and choreographer represented by Clear Talent Group, Marissa has worked with recording artists such as Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Deborah Cox and Jordin Sparks. Marissa has taught and set choreography at over 50 studios and colleges across the U.S., and has taught master classes in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Guam, and South America. In 2019, Marissa was selected for the Joffrey Ballet’s Winning Works choreographic residency and the USC Kaufman New Movement Residency. In 2020, Marissa was invited to present her evening length work “The Spectacular Society” at the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out series (performance canceled due to the pandemic). Marissa is currently an Associate Professor at Santa Monica College Dance Department. marissaosato.com

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Director Statement

"to peer through veils" investigates experiences of isolation and invisibility, shedding and assimilation, displacement and reclamation. Reckoning with the echoes of ancestral and societal history, how do we individually and collectively move forward?