"[With Singing to the Grass (meant for you] Brussel infused the unexpected into the syntax – lush parallel postures and abundant counterbalances ... a much more egalitarian approach to the classic ballet pas de deux."         -Dance Commentary by Heather Desaulniers

ARC Dance continues to inspire and bring excellent work to its stage. ... in addition to choreographic bon-bons, a great work is culled and called up, as in Skin of the Sea ....   Dean Speer- Critical Dance

University of North Carolina School of the Arts 


Acclaim for From Shadows

"Brussel...avoided romanticizing the circumstances and mobilized ballet tropes in lush and unexpected ways. She succeeded where far-more-famous choreographers have failed in deploying the limited vocabulary and the hyper-refined aesthetic of ballet to tell a modern, authentic tale about a marginalized population."

"...if you have any doubts about the power of ballet to tell gritty contemporary tales, this should dispel them."

KQED "Spotlight" on From Shadows

"San Francisco choreographer Marika Brussel has a clear goal with her world-premiere “From Shadows,” a full-length piece about homelessness." -SF Examiner

Homelessness emerges From Shadows by Jeffrey Freymann

"Choreographer Marika Brussel is creating from shadows...." 

                               -from The Classical Girl