Dana Michel (CA): Mercurial George

Saturday 14.9.  14.00

Sotku teatteri | Suokatu 42, Kuopio

Performance is part of Shortlist LIVE! and nominated for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art Award.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT

In the wake of the acclaimed Yellow Towel, Mercurial George traces and transforms the banal, provoking a certain malaise. Sifting through the heaps of dusty clues leftover in the wake of initializing a cultural excavation, Dana Michel offers a destabilizing solo. The body vacillates as it struggles for balance and a toehold. Stretching out time with minimalist and deconstructed movement, Michel becomes the archeologist of her own persona.

Dana Michel: Mercurial George. Photo: Jocelyn Michel.

“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 someones 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

Photo: Richmond Lam.

Dana Michel is a choreographer and live artist whose works interact with the expanded fields of improvisation, sculpture, hip-hop, comedy, cinematography, dub, and social commentary to create centrifuge of experience.

In 2014, Michel was awarded the newly created ImPulsTanz Award in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments, and was highlighted among notable female choreographers of the year by the New York Times. In 2017, she was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale. In 2018, she became the first ever dance artist in residence at the National Arts Centre, Canada. Based in Montreal, she is an artist associate of Par.B.L.eux.

Dana Michel:

dana-michel.com
vimeo.com/danamichel
facebook.com/DanaMichelOfficial/

Par B.L.eux:

parbleux.qc.ca
facebook.com/parbleux/