Charli Brissey is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who works choreographically with various technologies and materials. This primarily includes bodies, cameras, language, instincts, and ecosystems. Their research integrates studies in feminist theory, technology, and science, and centers choreography as an invaluable methodology to research social-political-ecological phenomena. They are invested in movement practices to illuminate the role of nonhuman actors in formation-practices of self and material environment (like water and viruses), and turn to interspecies ecologies to challenge distinctions between nature and culture. Their work has been presented in various galleries, conferences, film festivals, and performance venues nationally and internationally. In 2019 they held the first Art in the Anthropocene Symposium at the University of Michigan, bringing together artists and researchers working at the convergence of art, performance, and ecology. Their most recent short film, Canis Major, screened at over fifty film festivals internationally and won numerous awards, including the Audience Award for Best Experimental Short at OUTFEST.
They received a BFA in Dance & Choreography and an MFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Brissey is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Michigan, where they teach courses in technique/physical practice, improvisation, dance and technology, performance, and pedagogy.
Charli is currently working on an evening length performance project (future fish) with UM MFA candidate Elisandra Rosario, and completing their first book manuscript.
Marsae Mitchell (First Year MFA)(she/her) is an interdisciplinary performance artist, writer and educator. In 2015 she co-produced and choreographed a production titled My, Hair, My Story, My Glory a musical for which she received the 2016 Kresge Arts Gilda Snowden Award. She also directed and choreographed a dance film titled, Reflect. Black. Times which was commissioned by Kresge Arts and the Sidewalk Festival and featured in the International Association for Blacks in Dance (IABD), Time Keepers Magazine. She is a current first-year graduate student in the School of Music Theater and Dance, a Rackham Merit Fellow, Center for World Performance Studies Fellow, 2021 Gupta Values Scholar, and most recently the International Institute and African Studies Center grant recipient. Her artistic research interests include: African diasporic art history, the effects water has on performance artists of the African diaspora and the mersion of concert and commercial dance. Marsae is committed to accomplishing what she believes are duties of an artist; to engage, educate, and empower.