photo: Lizzie Baker
Britt Whitmoyer Fishel is a dance artist, choreographer, dance filmmaker, and educator based in Philadelphia.
Fishel was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she studied Cecchetti from an early age. She attended East Carolina University and upon graduating with a BFA in Dance, Fishel moved to New York City and pursued performing and choreographing professionally.
There, she joined Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, but left in 2009 in order to establish and develop bnw:dance. As artistic director of bnw:dance, Fishel led company tours throughout New York City, Richmond, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago.
In 2010, the company was selected for a summer residency in London, England, and created and presented Interrogation with the help of London composer, James Reindeer. She dissolved the company in 2013, however she and Reindeer continue to collaborate, a decade later.
Fishel went on to receive her MFA in Dance (Screendance) from the University of Michigan, in 2014.
Her screen work has been seen in Greensboro Dance Film Festival, Y'allywood Film Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, EnCore Dance on Film Festival, DanceBARN, Dance for Reel, FilmFest by Rogue Dancer, Women in Dance Leadership Conference, as well as several gallery exhibitions across the country.
Fishel's 2017 film, billet-doux, was published in the biennial edition of Women CineMakers (Berlin) and her research (Epoch, GRIN) has been published in the 7th and 9th Issue of The Dancer-Citizen. Most recently, Fishel presented research entitled Dance is for Everyone: Digital Consumption in a Post-Information Age at Dance Studies Association's 2019 Annual Conference at Northwestern University.
Describing her work, ArtsATL reviewed stating: "The final moments of site., which enmeshed dance and video, were stunning."
DIYdancer describes Fishel as having "a sharp eye for film and passion for her research."
Most recently, The Dance Journal ( PhiladelphiaDANCE.org) stated: “Britt Fishel and Artists’ excerpt from ‘Distaff’ is a sardonic expose about the continued objectification of women in culture and on the dance stage. Three women in black fetish bikinis and a bare-chested male engage in lifts, lunges, and acrobatic dance with an aggressive edge that makes you want to see the entire work.”
During her five years in Atlanta, Fishel was part-time dance faculty at Clayton State University, the creator of Opine Dance Film Festival, and a founding member of Atlanta Dance Collective.
Fishel currently resides in Philadelphia, PA where she is on the Dance Faculty at Drexel University and Bryn Mawr College. She continues to make both live performance and dance film independently and collaboratively under the umbrella of Britt Fishel and Artists.