Marijn Brussaard (Amsterdam, 1993) is a multidisciplinary artist who is active in the fields of theatre, performance art, (video-)installations, music and sound-design. After having finished a prior education in professional dance at The Dutch National Ballet Academy (NBA), he graduated in 2014 with a BA in performance at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (Mime department).
Brussaard is a versatile all-rounder – conceptually and musically driven with a strong associative quality. He researches and reflects on the theatrics of modern-day phenomena, and finds that the tension and drama often lie in the inconsistencies and paradoxes of these subjects.
With little regard for convention, Brussaard’s work can be described as form-experiments that are often poetic, humorous or even absurd by nature and that are filled with references out of popular and visual culture. The contrasts between what is real and synthetic or hyperreal are a recurrent theme in his work. Brussaard is involved in every aspect: performing, directing, composing and editing, which result in three-dimensional pieces.
At the ITs festival in 2014, Brussaard won Via Rudolphi’s Het Debuut award with his critically acclaimed graduation piece Rhythm of the Night. The piece travelled across the Netherlands and could be seen on different occasions such as ITs festival, Het Bijbels Museum, De Parade and received press mentions and reviews in newspapers like Trouw, Volkskrant and NRC. This was the start of his collaboration with Bianca van het Schoot (BvdS), someone with whom he will work in the following years. After Rhythm of the Night, Brussaard further develops his ideas, which results in two pieces at the renowned Frascati Theater; Forever Young (2015), Blue (2016).Forever Young was awarded with Circuit X 2016/17 and plays at TF Netherlands, Belgium, while Blue plays on festivals, e.g., Lowlands Festival, MoMo and others. In 2017 Bühne Bisoux released a riso print zine on Brussaards work, with a 10-page interview and additional design by collaborator Thomas de Rijk. At Het Nationale Theater (then Theater aan het Spui), Brussaard makes Variety Show with Elias de Bruyne. He also collaborates with light artist Nikki Hock on the piece Why, why ohh why (YYOY), in which he works on spatial sound software by 4DSOUND. They perform the immersive installation at De School, Scopitone festival in Nantes (FR) and others.
Next to his own work, Brussaard produces music for singer and visual artist Cousin, is part of experimental club music duo Know V.A. and is co-founder of the Strange Days label and events series. At the moment, Brussaard is working on several (video-)installations including The Zone, in which he researches our relationship with nature. Brussaard is currently living and working in Amsterdam.