Photo by Mark Harris
Photo by Mark Harris
Gif by Channing Lester

OUR MISSION

MORISATO is a collective founded by Mikaela Morisato that aspires to connect creatives from different mediums with a focus in dance. Our mission is to create new opportunities with our collaborators welcoming all races, ethnicities, sexualities, religions and bodies to work together. We want to spread more awareness for accessible ways to view and participate in sharing our talents with an inclusive mentality. Our collaborative experience includes working within the dance, choreography, film and design areas in the entertainment and art industries. As a collective, we thrive on the motivation to continue growing expansive representation and new importance through movement.

 

“Accepting the gifts of art is a necessity but creating it is a privilege.”

COLLABORATORS

Ragin Smith

 

Ragin Smith

Euphonic Connection

Ragin is a performer and choreographer based in Brooklyn. She develops deconstructed narratives by stringing together contexts of movement, poetry, fashion, and sound. She has presented work at The Tank, Fabled Narcissism, ESTIA Day Fest, and as an artist in residence at Chez Bushwick. She has performed works by Brendan Fernandes, Evan Ray Suzuki, Morgan Bobrow-Williams, Troy Ogilvie, La Intrusa Company, and others. Ragin received a BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College and is a member of Hivewild, Wet Hairy Women, MORISATO, and Alison Chase Performance Group. She also produces the Fabled Narcissism arts events alongside Haley Morgan Miller.

Liana Kleinman

 

Liana Kleinman

Euphonic Connection

Liana is an interdisciplinary artist and dancer from Los Angeles, CA. She received her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, and subsequently worked with Holly Blakey for Puma’s New York Fashion Week Show and Andrea Miller for Beautiful Destinations Panama. Liana has been commissioned to create work for Opera Notre Dame and The Angel’s Share at Green-Wood Cemetery in collaboration with The New York Philharmonic. Liana completed her Master’s at London Contemporary Dance School researching postures of melancholia in the ecological body.

Madison Pineda

Madison Pineda

Why, Are You?

Madison began dancing at a young age in Sacramento, CA and later in Keller, TX. After completing two years at the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary Program under artistic director Michael Blake, Madison studied and recently graduated The Juilliard School in June, 2021. With training at summer intensives including Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Dance Festival, the Nederlands Dance Summer Intensive and the Arts Umbrella Summer Dance Intensive, she has performed works by Bryan Arias, Marne Van Opstal, Crystal Pite, Desmond Richardson, Rena Butler, and Darrell Moultrie. With multiple achievements, Madison was recognized as one of the four recipients of The Fields Ballet Scholarship Award in 2017, awarded Julilliard’s Martha Hill Award, received the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship Grant and was chosen to present work in Juilliard’s Choreographers Composition program. Her performing highlights include dancing on the Jacob’s Pillow InsideOut stage, performing Martha Graham’s Rite of Spring and dancing for the new Warner Brothers film, “In the Heights.”

Melissa Anderson

 

Melissa Anderson

Why, Are You?

Melissa is a native of Dallas, TX and began dancing at a young age at The Ballet Academy of Texas. She proudly received three scholarships from the Dance Council of North Texas before attending The Juilliard School under Artistic Director, Lawrence Rhodes. During her time at Juilliard, Melissa performed world premiers and repertoire of Sharon Eyal, Aszure Barton, Jiří Kylián, and Crystal Pite. After graduating with a BFA in 2018, Melissa then danced in productions such as “La Traviata” and “Samson et Dalila” at The Metropolitan Opera. With the honor of dancing in Austin McCormick’s Company XIV and Alessandra Corona Performing Works, Melissa also shares her talent in freelance work based in NYC.

Mamiko Nakatsugawa

 

Mamiko Nakatsugawa

RESILIENCE

Mamiko is a dancer, choreographer, model, and yoga teacher originally from Miyagi, Japan. She has worked with companies such as Jon Lehrer Dance Company, Project Tag, Peter + Co., wld(flwr), and Morisato. She has performed works by Paul Taylor, Katherine Maxwell, Omri Drumlevich, Merete Muenter, and so on. She has also appeared in music videos for Emmi, Laila Biali, and ATTELER. As a choreographer, she has presented her work at Flushing Town Hall, Spoke the Hub, Mark Morris Dance Center, SMUSH Gallery, Lazy Suzan Gallery, and Incu Art Gallery. Currently she is training and freelancing in NYC to define her artistic voice to connect with the works that speak to her and create works that reflect herself and the world around her.

Namhui Kim

 

Namhui Kim

RESILIENCE

Namhui Kim was born and raised in Tokyo and is of Korean heritage. Namhui came to New York City in 2017 to pursue a BA in Dance at Hunter College, CUNY, and she trained at The Ailey School as a professional division student in 2019. After graduation, she joined Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in 2021. Her performance experiences include works by Blakeley White-McGuire, Larry Keigwin, Peter Cheng, Jessica Castro, Jere Hunt, Rebecca Margolick, Jamie Thompson, Karisma Jay, Drye/Marinaro Dance Company, Yu.S.Artistry Dance Company, Parsons Dance, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, and Doug Varone and Dancers.

Richard Sayama

Richard Sayama

RESILIENCE

Originally from Honolulu, Hawai’i, Richard Sayama earned his double major in B.F.A Modern Dance and B.A Business Arts & Management from Marymount Manhattan College. Currently, Richard works with Jon Lehrer Dance Company, General Mischief Dance Theater Group, and iKADA Contemporary Dance. In addition, Richard works with One Day Dance, McKoy Dance Project, and H.T Chen & Dancers. He has finished seasons with Rock Dance Collective, and Alison Cook Beatty Dance. He has had the pleasure of performing works by Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Elisabeth Motley, Maria Torres, and many more. 

Tsubasa Nishioka

Tsubasa Nishioka

RESILIENCE

Tsubasa was born in Japan and started in ballet, then later in modern and contemporary. Accepted to The Ailey School in 2017, he received a scholarship in 2018 and performed at “Ailey Spirit Gala” in Alvin Ailey’s “Battlefield” at Lincoln Center. Tsubasa has worked with Fumihito Shimizu, NBA Dance Company, Omar Roman de Jesus, Darshan Bhuller, Jessica Chen and Marcus Jarrell Wills. Currently he dances with i KADA Contemporary Dance Company, Vashti Dance Theater, Yu.S.Artistry and Accent Dance. He has been awarded 1st at Chiba Select Young Dancer's Performance, 3rd at Saitama Dance Competition, 3rd at Dance Competition in Sendai and 2nd at NBA National Ballet Competition.

Dylon Cedillo

Dylon Cedillo

Two

Dylon is a bi-coastal dancer in both New York City and Los Angeles with roots in the DFW area. He holds a BFA in Commercial Dance with an emphasis in choreography from Pace University. With training in both camera and stage techniques his credits include “Smiling” a short film by Dana Wilson, “Company B” by Paul Taylor and “I Feel Love” by Ray Leeper, amongst others. Dylon is represented by Go2 Talent Agency.

Malik Berry

 

Malik Berry

You Are I

Malik started his professional career in NYC after training with The Columbus Dance Theatre and Columbia College Chicago. On a full scholarship studying at The Ailey School and The Dance Theatre of Harlem's Professional Training Program, he performed with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in Alvin Ailey's ballet "Memoria." Along with working with companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet and The Dance Theatre of Harlem, he has worked with Misty Copeland, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Arthur Mitchell, Virginia Johnson, Robert Garland, Carmen De Lavallade, Matthew Rushin and many more. He has walked in New York Fashion Week and has been featured in Vogue Magazine with Billy Porter. Malik currently dances freelance and teaches at The Boys and Girls Club in The Bronx.

Lloyd Lenox

You Are I

Lloyd is a New York bred filmmaker and photographer who began his career in editorial fashion and lifestyle campaigns. In all his creations he seeks to explore relationships between metaphor and aesthetic through highly stylized visual storytelling. Since graduating New York Film Academy in 2021 Lloyd has a wide range of projects spanning from live to studio work, and hopes to find the end of the rainbow in the film industry as a director and editor.

Brooks Houser

Brooks Houser

Why, Are You?

Spending most of his childhood skateboarding in Portland, Oregon, Brooks quickly developed a passion for shooting and cutting compilation videos of his friends. What started as a nascent love for visual arts quickly snowballed into a menagerie of backyard YouTube videos, short films, and photography - culminating in a formal Bachelor of Arts in cinematography & editing at The Evergreen State College. Now based in Brooklyn, New York - Brooks continues to work variously in camera, coloring, and editing.

Beaudau Banks

 

Beaudau (Bo-day) Karel Banks

RESILIENCE


Choreographer, Dancer and Production Technician born and raised in Belize, Central America; Beaudau is a black, queer, gender non-conforming immigrant artist and Theatre Technician based in New York City. Beaudau started formal dance training at the age of thirteen studying ballet and modern dance. They were accepted and graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida BFA program in Tampa, Florida. They are now living in New York City freelancing with various dance artists while still following their love of theatre production.

Channing Lester

Logo Designer

Channing's work extends across many mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpting, graphic design, product design, animation and more. After qualifying for state competitions during her high school years, her work in painting was selected for display at VASE in 2015. She is now majoring in design, focusing in product and industrial design at University of Texas at Austin. Alongside collegiate classes, Channing is expanding her knowledge in 3D design software, SketchUp, CAD software and more. She is currently interning in furniture design and apartment layouts for Winteriors in the Dallas Arts District.