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

Weaving Spirits Festival of Two-Spirit Performance

Co-Curated by Landa Lakes & Javier Stell-Fresquez in association with BAAIT-S
Fri-Sun, Mar 6-8. Fri & Sat, 7pm-10pm, Sun 5pm matinee

Chronicles: Finding Home

Axel Craig Osterberg
Fri, Mar 6, 3-5pm

TenderArts Drumming Circle

Steve Tanksley
First Mondays, October-May, 6pm-8pm

Versus

Julie Phelps & Marc Kate
Thu-Sat, Mar 26-28, 8pm-9pm

Archived Events

Valentine’s Day Boxes

Jeff Marshall
Fri, Feb 14, 3-5pm

Breaching Towards Other Futures

Morehshin Allahyari & Shirin Fahimi
Fri, Feb 7, 7pm-8pm

Music Box Orchestra and the Traveling Mural

Rick Darnel, Dawn Leigh, Ms. Rita Whittaker
Fri, Feb 7, 3-5pm

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Jan 31, 7:30pm-9:30pm

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