Dance Film Explores Shadows of Little Tokyo’s History

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Marissa Osato’s new dance film, “to peer through veils,” is an internal awakening to the shadows of history in Little Tokyo and WWII-era Bronzeville.

The world premiere is screening here through May 31: https://tinyurl.com/to-peer-through-veils

During the WWII Japanese American incarceration, Little Tokyo became known as Bronzeville—a center for Black business, culture, and jazz. Yet the hopes for a postwar Black and Japanese American community was never realized. Osato’s dance film, featuring Shiori Kamijo and Vickie Roan, awakens this shared experience of racism and the potential power of solidarity.

A JACCC x Sustainable Little Tokyo Production. Part of Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase with Visual Communications #APVS.

Osato is an associate professor in the Dance Department at Santa Monica College and co-founder/co-director at Entity Contemporary Dance. She studied choreography at California Institute of the Arts.

 

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