DANA MICHEL (CA) - MERCURIAL GEORGE
WHEN // WHERE // LANGUAGE // DURATION
Saturday 17th November @ 21:00 // Tjarnarbíó, Tjarnargata 12, 101 Reykjavík // English // 75 minutes
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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 left over 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.
Conceived & performed by: Dana Michel
Lighting & techical direction: Karine Gauthier
Artistic activators: Martin Bélanger, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Roscoe Michel, Yoan Sorin
Sound consultant: David Drury
Executive Production : Par B.L.eux
Production: Dana Michel
Executive production: Daniel Léveillé Danse
Co-production: Festival TransAmériques (Montréal), Tanz im August (Berlin), CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (Paris), ImPulsTanz (Vienna), Chapter (Cardiff)
Creative residencies: Usine C (Montréal), Dancemakers (Toronto), ImPulsTanz (Vienna), Actoral/La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseille), WOOP (Douarnenez), CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (Paris), M.A.I. (Montréal)
With the support of: Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts.
Dana Michel receives administrative/development/communication support from Par B.L.eux (Montreal, QC) as an associate artist.
Premiere: June 2nd 2016 - Festival TransAmériques, Montréal (CA)
Dana Michel (b. Ottawa, Canada) is a choreographer and live artist based in Montréal. In 2005, she graduated from the BFA program in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in her late twenties. Prior to this, 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 Usine C (Montréal, Canada).
Her first extended-length solo performance piece, Yellow Towel, was featured on the “Top Five” and the “Top Ten” 2013 dance moments in the Voir newspaper (Montréal) 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. That same year concluded with Yellow Towel appearing on the Time Out New York Magazine “Top Ten Performances” list. Her most recent and critically-acclaimed solo, Mercurial George, was premiered at Festival TransAmériques (Montréal) in June 2016. Both pieces are currently on tour. She is an associate artist at Par B.L.eux.
In June 2017, Dana Michel was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance by the Venice Biennale (Italy).
Mercurial George ©Photo: Jocelyn Michel
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