About This Artist

Dana Michel is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal, Canada.  Before entering the BFA in Contemporary Dance program at Concordia University in her late twenties, she was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. In 2011, She had the honour of being a danceWEB scholar, allowing her to deepen her research process at ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Austria.

 

Her practice is rooted in exploring the multiplicity of identity using intuitive improvisation.  She works with notions of performative alchemy and post-cultural bricolage – using live moments, object appropriation, personal history, future desires and current preoccupations to create an empathetic centrifuge of experience between herself and witnesses.  Today, her work can perhaps best be described by its influences: lucid cinematography, living sculpture, physical comedy, psychological excavation, deconstructed social commentary, the bulimic logic of Hip Hop and child-like naïveté.

Her work has been presented in North America (Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Salt Lake City and New York City) and in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Serbia & Switzerland).  Inhabiting both traditional and non-traditional spaces is a key component in the creation of her work.

 

About This Project

As a child, Dana Michel would drape a yellow towel on her head in an attempt to emulate the blonde girls at school. As an adult, she now revisits the imaginary world of her alter-ego in a performative ritual free of cover-ups or censorship.

Blending austerity and absurdity, she digs into black culture stereotypes, turning them inside out to see whether or not she can relate. We witness her allowing a strange creature to emerge from this excavation in a slow and disconcerting metamorphosis that we follow with fascination. Strongly influenced by the aesthetics of fashion, music videos, queer culture and comedy, Dana Michel quickly stood out as an emerging dance artist. With Yellow Towel, which was developed in Vienna, Brussels, New York, Toronto and in Montreal, she explores new creation territories and most decidedly asserts herself as an artist to watch. A figure of the Montreal underground scene well worth discovering. (Source : Fabienne Cabado)

Upcoming Events

Support the Springboard Fund for Artists

She-Verse and mouth//full

Cherie Hill IrieDance and Gabriel Christian & Chibueze Crouch
Thu-Sat, Dec 5-7 & 12-14, 7:45pm-9pm

S l o w D a n c e

Hana Erdman
Thu-Fri, Dec 19-20, 8pm

TVOD Winter Solstice Underground

Sat-Sun, Dec 21-22, 10pm-4am

Archived Events

Tenderloin Women’s Holiday Party

Central City SRO Collaborative, Care Through Touch, La Cocina
Mon, Dec 9, 12pm-2pm

Came Here To Live: Resilience and Resistance in the Containment Zone

ABD Productions & The Skywatchers Ensemble
Fri-Sun, Nov 22-24. Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, Sun 2pm matinee

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Nov 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm

DIY T-Shirt Fashion Design

Sylvester Guard Jr.
Fri, Nov 15, 3-5pm // Sun, Mar 15, 3-5pm

Blog Roll

  • Figuring it Out: Inside She-Verse’s Narrative

    In 2006, I hosted my first audition for Cherie Hill IrieDance performers. I desired an all-black female cast. I yearned to deepen my self-knowledge of being a black woman making dance and to analytically understand how aesthetics relate to white and black culture. In 2014, I looked for something different. I sought movers who could […]

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  • She-Verse Movement Essences

      She-verse embraces tenants of eco-feminism that speak to the parallels between oppression and domination of subordinate groups to the oppression and dominance of nature. How women are treated in misogynistic cultures relates to the abuse and rape of land experienced throughout the history of colonization and to the continued subordination of women and persons […]

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  • Fake News and the Art of Unremembering

    Who here has heard of Singapore? Who here knows where it is? Who here knows anything about it?   I concede that answers to these questions might have changed since the popularity of the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”, but by and large, as a Singaporean living in the USA, I usually expect the response to […]

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