Thematically, my choreographic explorations are based around the unraveling of personal experiences and inquiries that I feel have a potential for larger societal relevance. Accessibility is a leading value in my work and I meticulously research ways in which stories can be told, understood, and interpreted. I approach creation as a communicative study, taking movements from naturalistic forms such as body language and pantomime and abstracting into an eclectic movement vocabulary. By providing a natural base to my movement, my work becomes a visceral expression of the human experience. I create because I believe a powerful statement backed by an audience connection creates a vessel for deeper meaning and change - ultimately choreographing the act of coming together.
Alyssa Brutlag is a dancer, teacher, and award-winning choreographer based in Toledo, Ohio. She received a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University. Alyssa has performed works by Aszure Barton, Rennie Harris, Kate Skarpetowska, Joshua Manculich, and Jeremy Blair and was a company member with the Pat Graney Dance Company and Western Dance Project under the direction of Whitney Moncrief. In 2018 she was awarded the Maggie Allesee Choreography Award through the Michigan Dance Council. Alyssa has been commissioned by the Young Dancers Initiative and served as the assistant choreographer for “Curtain Up! on Broadway” by Jean Ann Ryan Productions. Her choreographic work has been presented at venues such as Western Michigan University, Gibney in New York City, ACDA East-Central Regional Conference, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, 12 Minutes Max in Seattle, RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, Dance Shorts: College Film Festival at Arizona State University and has been supported by The Arts Commission.