Marika Brussel is a contemporary ballet choreographer, currently creating internationally across the USA & UK.
Her work reshapes narratives through ballet, showing our inter-connectedness and equity as humans, bringing ballet into the 21st Century. Her work has explored myths, plays, and personal stories such as "Unraveling" - a ballet about dementia.
"From Shadows" - A ballet about homelessness, premiered in October 2017, to sold out audiences in San Francisco. Her ballet, "Still Time For Impossible" looked at the climate crisis.
Her ballets have been commissioned by many companies, including Kansas City Ballet, Madison Ballet, New Ballet Studio Company, ARC Dance Company, Columbia Repertory Ballet, Chevalier Ballet, and Ballet Theater of New Mexico.
Marika has shown work at festivals around the United States, including Dancing in the Park, Oakland Dances, and West Wave. Marika has also held residencies at the Levydance, Dresher Ensemble Residency, SAFEhouse Arts, Keshet Makers Space and Fieldworks, London. She has twice been part of ODC's Pilot Project, and was a choreographer in Doug Varone's Devices 5. Her other awards include two Fleishhacker Opportunity Grants and a grant from The Classical Girl.
Marika was a 2019 recipient of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fellowship for Contemporary Ballet. She was a 2020 fellow at LABA East Bay, and a 2021 fellow with The Peace Studio.