"exHOTic Other" with Una Osato
Friday, April 13, 2018Time
Rockefeller Hall 300-Auditorium
Through the use of storytelling and burlesque, exHOTic other engages audiences in unexpected ways far removed from a typical theater show or burlesque performance. This autobiographical tale literally strips away the pieces of Una’s self to reveal and share universal pain, love, and laughter, blending the personal, political, and physical in a way that appeals to our senses, our emotions, and our intellect. Una’s use of burlesque harkens back to its origins as a satirical art form of both seduction and political commentary. The show explores Una’s life as a queer Japanese Jewish American woman, born and raised in a working class NYC family that transitions to the middle class as the city around them rapidly changes. exHOTic other traces how Una came into her politics through her body, showing lots of skin and lots of soul. From body image to gentrification, to nationalism and war, to Zionism and Judaism, to heartbreak and healing – this show broadens audiences’ understanding of the world in sexy, funny, profound ways.
Jewish Voice for Peace at Vassar College (pre-org)