Artist Spotlight No. 9: Marissa Brown // Lone King

Know first about Marissa Brown, dancer, choreographer and No. 9 of 13 presented artists during Volume V, Issue II.  Along with improvisation and visual imaging, Marissa creates work with a strong emphasis on intention and the dancer as human. Learn more about Marissa on our Artist Spotlight. 


Photo: Janaye Brown

Photo: Janaye Brown

Three words that describe your choreography: 
Physical, Sensitive, Honest

About Marissa
Marissa Brown, from San Francisco, has a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from University of California Irvine. Her work has been presented at Claire Trevor Theater, Contemporary Arts Center xMPL Theatre, Marine Memorial Theatre, and at the Levy Dance Salon in California; she was also an Artist-in-Residence at the Garage. As a performer, she has worked with Donald Mckayle, Benjamin Levy, Marit-Brooke Kothlow, Brice Mousset and was a member of the company Sharp&Fine. Having relocated to New York, she creates work under Lone King [Projects by Marissa Brown].

About Marissa's Creative Process
My choreography is driven from improvisation, visual imaging, and the dancer as human. I enjoy the play of juxtaposition and emphasize the importance of intention behind movement. I direct dancers to be specific in their choices, hoping to cultivate an environment that allows one to question, listen, and discover new meaning in the body.

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
I enjoy photography and I’ve become involved in film and dance on film work. My other special talents would have to be cooking and baking!

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
The pelvis! It’s where all of my power comes from; it keeps me grounded, mobile, and physical. The spine is another favorite. I love how it creates suppleness in the body. 

Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by? 
I didn’t care for the movie or to read the book Revolutionary Road but I think of this quote pretty often: “All I know is I want to feel things. Really feel them, you know. How’s that for ambition?”

Photo: Janaye Brown

Photo: Janaye Brown

Connect with Marissa Brown on Facebook.

See Marissa present "I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker" in Volume V, Issue II., on Friday, August 21st at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 23rd at 7pm.

Volume V, Issue II. is happening August 21-23, 2015 at the wild project.
See the full schedule and get tickets here.