Spotlight on Marisa!
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in LA and am truly a summer child at heart (I have been living on the East Coast for over five years now, but still somehow can't adapt to the winters). I have a calico cat named Kiki who is the most vocal cat I have ever met. I am a clown. I always have a book in my purse.
What got you interested in ensemble work?
I really do believe that more minds are better than one. I remember the first time in a movement class I was told to "simultaneously find a moment to stop as a group". It was one of the most terrifying and eye-opening instructions I have ever received. I never stopped being fascinated by a group's ability to perform as a single entity, improvising movement in unison and counterpart.
What are your favorite things about life in NYC?
I only moved to New York this past fall, but it was a long-term dream of mine to live here. I love the subway system (despite the "state of emergency" and its many shortcomings, it's pretty great). I love that on any given day there are an overwhelming number of performances, gallery openings, cultural events, and concerts that I pine to attend. I love how many languages I hear everyday. I love that people live on so many different schedules here, so that no matter what hour it is there are always people awake. I love how many different personalities are attracted to this one place.
What do you like most about working with BrickaBrack so far?
My favorite part of working with BrickaBrack has been the true feeling of ensemble. Especially as a person new to the city, I feel truly blessed to have found this family of artists. There is such a unique balance of trust, play, and serious critique. It's rare that I'm excited to push the boundaries of my comfort zone, but that's constantly what the safe support of this group has challenged me to do.
See Marisa in Lights Across the Field - Showing next week on July 21st & 23rd! ~ Tickets Here ~
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Musings by the BrickaBrack Ensemble