Jill Marissa

is a performance artist who infuses her style of highly athletic dance and aerial acrobatics with quirky character and a vulnerable, potent stage presence.


     In 2000 she moved to New York City to hone her craft as a performer and choreographer, earning a BA in Dance from Hunter College in 2004. Since moving to Seattle in 2006, she has danced professionally for several companies including DASSdance and Manifold Motion, has been commissioned to choreograph work for Emerald City Trapeze Arts, Versatile Arts, and Walrus Dance Theater, and has been awarded residencies at FRED Wildlife Refuge and CHAC (Capitol Hill Arts Center).


     In 2009 she co-founded ticktock with collaborators Elizabeth Rose and Bridget Gunning, a performance company fusing deconstructed circus with contemporary dance. With ticktock, she helped direct 2 evening-length works and several vignettes to sold-out performances in Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans Fringe Festival, and the New York City Aerial Dance Festival.


     She continues to perform internationally with The Aerialistas, including prestigious engagements with Madrid’s Teatro Circo Price and Germany’s Friedrichsbau Variete. Currently she is one half of Dizzy Daze, partnering on trapeze with Lara Paxton.

Image: David Inman Photography