Marika Brussel is a contemporary choreographer working in the ballet genre. Informed by her background as a fiction writer, she utilizes storytelling in her dance-making. She tells contemporary stories through ballet, showing our inter-connectedness and equity as humans, from country to country, class to class, and generation to generation. Her work has explored myths (Black Air-Medea and Cora, Under and Above-Persephone), plays (Miranda’s Storm- The Tempest), 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 ARC Dance, Columbia Repertory Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet, Emote Dance Theater, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and Ballet Theater of New Mexico. She has shown work at festivals around the country, including Dancing in the Park, Oakland Dances, West Wave, Brooklyn Ballet’s First Look, PushFest, Spectordance and SJChoreoFest. Marika has held residencies at the Dresher Ensemble Residency, Moving Arts SF and SAFEhouse Arts. She has twice been part of ODC's Pilot Project, and was a choreographer in Doug Varone's Devices 5. Her other awards include a Fleishhacker Opportunity Grant and a grant from The Classical Girl. Marika is a 2019 recipient of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fellowship for Contemporary Ballet.
Marika in rehearsal with Diana Crowder
of ARC Dance