Cognatus investigates ecofeminism and patriarchal mechanisms that assimilate women and nature, Sept 25

Cognatus, presented as part of Cannonball Festival and Philadelphia Fringe Festival, is a site specific dance performance from Britt Fishel and Artists that will take place in the MAAS Garden space on September 25th, at 2:30PM. Tickets are $20.

Cognatus on the larger scale investigates ecofeminism and the patriarchal mechanisms that assimilate women and nature. Both often devalued and exploited, seeking elevation and liberation, the relationship between them is a rhizome of interconnections. Radical ecofeminism celebrates the relationship between women and nature through the revival of ancient rituals, creating a source of inspiration and empowerment. For socialist ecofeminism, environmental problems are rooted in the rise of capitalist patriarchy and the ideology that the Earth and nature can be exploited for human process through technology. Movement motifs and systems based on this research are created in collaboration with the dancers. Fishel uses history and theory, combined with text and poetry to weave movements that explore ideas of womanhood, cyclical patterns of nature and violence, migration, resistance, and identities in bloom. We invite audience members to dive deeper into community connection and empathy towards both women and our Mother Earth- through reflection, conversation, and action. This work is site specific, and will utilize the entire MAAS Garden space. Audiences are welcome to sit at any time, or immerse themselves among the artists as they move through the space.

Britt Fishel and Artists is a collaborative, project based company, presenting both live performances and dance films, in the Philadelphia community and beyond. Through research and performance, we aim to foster a better assimilation of the human experience, to democratize and normalize socioeconomic, political, and identity driven conversations that are both diverse and inclusive through intersectionality. Through the lens of a feminist perspective, we address our past, to better understand our present, to change our future.

Britt Whitmoyer Fishel (she/her) is an award-winning choreographer, screendance maker, educator, and scholar. Her work examines relationships between the ephemeral nature of live performance and the permanence of dance in the digital sphere, with a research focus on the rhizomes of feminism, gender gap, access, and community. She holds a BFA in Dance from East Carolina University and a MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. In addition to Britt Fishel and Artists, she is the director and curator of Opine Dance Film Festival, an annual, international screendance festival. Her creative work has been toured and screened nationally and internationally and she is currently on Dance Faculty at Drexel University and Bryn Mawr College.

Britt Fishel and Artists
September 25, 2022 at 2:30pm
MAAS Building Garden, 1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia
Tickets: $20 online at

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