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

Thunderstruck

Stina Nyberg
Thu-Fri, Apr 25-26, 8pm

The Sun as Camera: Cyanotype Printing at Block Fest

Anna Rotty & Kristi Chan
Fri, May 3, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Under New Ownership Performance, Theorem, no.1

Maya Stovall
Fri, May 3, 1:00pm-9:00pm

Innerspace

The Annual CounterPulse Gala
Thursday, May 16

Archived Events

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Apr 19, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Open Stage at CounterPulse

Wed, Apr 17, 6:00pm-7:30pm

TenderArts at Sunday Streets

Sun, Apr 14, 11:00am-4:00pm

/soft/c/ and ceremonious present

Stephanie Hewett and Kim Ip/Krimm's Dance Party
Thu-Sat, April 4-6 & 11-13, 8pm

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