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March 31 + April 1, 2023 / 8PM

Future Fish is an evening length dance performance that emerged from a multi-year research project by Charli Brissey exploring the choreography of oceans and benthic ecosystems as sites for co-dreaming our terrestrial future(s). Crafted through live cinema techniques and improvisation, the dance follows three performers as they grapple with the slippery reality of being the last fish on Earth. Future Fish is a siren call through deep time and dark waters, inviting both performer and audience to remember forgotten sensate organs and submerged feral desires.

Direction: Charli Brissey

Performers: Charli Brissey, Sally Butin, and Elisandra Rosario

Sound: Charli Brissey, Marta Finkelstein, and Cindy Lee

Lighting Design: Jess Fialko

Performance Duration: 75 minutes

Ticket Price: Sliding Scale ($0-15) available via Eventbrite 


Charli Brissey (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and teacher who works choreographically with various technologies and materials. This primarily includes bodies, cameras, objects, genders, desire, instincts, language, and ecosystems. Their work centers choreography as an invaluable method to research social, political, and ecological phenomena, ultimately to illuminate the simultaneousness of “nature” and “culture.” Brissey’s performance and video work has been presented in various galleries, conferences, film festivals, and performance venues nationally and internationally. Their most recent film, Canis Major, toured to nineteen countries and won multiple awards, including Best Experimental Film at OUTFEST and the Richmond International Film Festival. Brissey is an Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Michigan with affiliations in the Center for World Performance Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. They teach courses in physical practice, video and technology, pedagogy, composition, improvisation, and critical theory.


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