In most classes, dancers are encouraged to count the music, and dance with it—emphasizing accents and letting the rhythm of a song guide them. But Marissa Osato likes to give her students an unexpected challenge: to resist hitting the beats.
On November 22, 2020, I attended the virtual debut of Entity Contemporary Dance’s film Transparent/see: A Continued Conversation and it was clear early on that choreographers Marissa Osato and Will Johnston had taken this work’s subject seriously done the necessary research, and worked tirelessly to create a powerful art/activist work.
Choreographer Marissa Osato is no stranger to dance in Los Angeles. This year, Entity Contemporary Dance—which she and choreographer Will Johnston co-founded and co-direct—will celebrate its tenth year in the city.
“Winning Works,” the program of four world premiere pieces by the winners of the Joffrey Ballet’s ninth annual choreographic competition for African, Latino, Asian, Arab and Native American artists, arrived on the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) stage for three sold-out performances this weekend.
Winning Works 2019: Tommie-Waheed Evans, Marissa Osato, Xiang Xu and Edgar Zendejas create premieres for Joffrey Academy
March 9 and 10, The Joffrey Ballet steps away from their typical performance venue to present innovative works and elevate both emerging choreographers of color and emerging professional dancers.
On January 24, Grammy award-winning rock group Imagine Dragons released their new music video for their latest single “Bad Liar.”