I only just got a bit of dirt under the nails with the last thing. Now wading through the hairy rubble of a preliminary anthropological dig. So much debris! I couldn’t have predicted how much debris there would be and how much work I had created for myself in waking this beast. But they needed waking. I have seen the eyes and I’m circling, skipping, daintily lifting limbs and sniffing its scent. What is the smell of a plethora of someone that you have been avoiding your whole life? What do you do with the body? This is another science experiment. This is another ground on which to test skins that belong to me, outfits and ideas that may or may not have been imposed. Dana Michel.

Dana Michel is a real original, peculiar to the nth degree and remarkably compelling onstage. She scarcely dances; she scarcely speaks; her manner is oblique. (…) She was the one important discovery of the American Realness Festival at the Abrons Arts Center in January. A lastair Macaulay, The New York Times, June 2014

Dana Michel is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal. Before obtaining a BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in her late twenties, she was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. She is a 2011 danceWEB scholar (Vienna, Austria) and is currently an artist-in-residence at DanceMakers (Toronto, Canada) and at Usine C (Montreal, Canada).

An amalgam of choreography, intuitive improvisation and performance art, her artistic practice is rooted in exploring identity as disordered multiplicity. She work 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 her and her witnesses.

Michel’s newest solo, Yellow Towel, was featured on the “Top Five” and the “Top Ten” 2013 dance moments in the Voir newspaper (Montreal) and Dance Current Magazine (Canada) respectively. In 2014, she was awarded the newly created Impulstanz Award (Vienna) in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments and was highlighted amongst notable female choreographers of the year by the New York Times. The year concluded with Yellow Towel appearing on the Time Out Magazine (New York City, U.S.) “Top Ten Performances” list.


Conceived + performed: Dana Michel

Lighting design: Karine Gauthier

Artistic activators: Martin Bélanger + Peter James + Mathieu Léger + Roscoe Michel + Yoan Sorin

Sound consultant: David Drury

Produced: Dana Michel

Executive producer: Marie-Andrée Gougeon for Daniel Léveillé danse

Duration: 60 minutes

Co-production: Festival TransAmériques + Tanz im August (Berlin) + CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson + ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival + Chapter (Cardiff)

Support of: With the support of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts du Canada, Dana Michel receives administrative/development support from Daniel Léveillé danse company (Montreal, Canada) as part of its sponsorship project

QuebecQuebec Drapeau (2)   CALQ_Noir CCFA_RGB_black_e   DLD-logo NOIR



[ecs-list-events cat=’mercurial-george’ venue=’true’ ]