Dana Michel at the Bienniale of perfomative art of Rouyn-Noranda

Friday, october 19th 2018, Dana Michel, will be on stage at Bienniale of perfomative art of Rouyn-Noranda, for the first time in her carrer.
She will perform her last creation through a work in progress. Join her at 8:00 PM at L’Écart !









EASY JAM DO (2018)©Yuula Benivolski


After Yellow Towel and Mercurial George, the Montreal-based choreographer and performer Dana Michel is preparing a new creation coming this fall in several museum places. Between two residencies creation, she presents this week JAMS DO JAMS at the MAC, during Françoise Sullivan’s exhibition.

Mark Lanctôt gived a free rein to the choreographer who chose to develop a research lab open to the public, called JAMS DO JAMS. With the company of the interdisciplinary artist Tracy Maurice, the choreographer realize in live, a 10 shorts movies made into the exhibition’s rooms, from October 23 to November,3.

In a transparent way, Dana Michel imagine hybrids works, beginning a conversation between choreography, live-art, improvisation and cinematography. With her work, we can see an homage to the artistic values of Françoise Sullivan. Through this scenario, sometimes comical and sometimes experimental, Dana Michel investigate human behavior and his different identity aspects.

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Dana Michel, a technical residency artist around the world

Dana Michel is preparing her new creation through several technicals residencies. She was received last June by National Center of Arts (CND) of Ottawa, where she was the first residency artist in dance. She was also invited at the Usine C of Montréal, and in Rouyn-Noranda for the Biennale de l’art performatif, in Toronto and Regina.
Dana Michel get lucky to continue her creative process outside of Canada like Reykjavik, Singapore or in France.

In 2019, Dana Michel will go back to Europe for other residency : at Tanzhaus in Zurich. from January 12 to 18th, and in Bruxelles at Beursschouwburg, for May, 14 to 20th.

So So Silky Silky Silk: Scoring ‘Yellow Towel’

In the performance writing residency So So Silky Silky Silk: Scoring ‘Yellow Towel’, during September in the SBC Gallery, choreographer and live artist Dana Michel joins poet and editor Michael Nardone in order to create a score of Michel’s iterative, improvisational choreographic work ‘Yellow Towel’ (2013). They propose a discussion about it on the September 27th, 6-8 PM.
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They begin with a series of questions to address the itinerant and obscure aspects of the work: What is legible in the movement of performance? What traces do its ephemeral moments leave? How to notate the duration of gesture, of utterance? To what extent, and how specifically, does the performance exceed any capacity for its documentation?
‍‍‍‍While focusing specifically on ‘Yellow Towel’, it is Michel and Nardone’s intention to address a number of textual and ethical issues concerning performance and inscription that are global in their concern. Within the working context of the gallery, these concerns extend to the technologies of display, to the temporality and spatiality of the exhibition, but also to the performing body/bodies and the specifics of being in-relation in and with public(s) and the institution.
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Their residency work is around an array of documents, objects and materials used in the research and performance phases of ‘Yellow Towel’ itself. Along with Michel’s diaries, documentary videos, transcripts of the choreography and iterations of her original script, these materials will inform the score, while also forming the basis of an emerging archive in the gallery. Over the course of the residency, Michel and Nardone will shape and add to these materials with recordings of conversations on their process of articulating a score for the work.
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More information on the residency So So Silky Silky Silk : Scoring ‘Yellow Towel’ here
More information on the discussion ‘Silky Talk’  here

Dana Michel choreographs a solo on Benoît Lachambre

PLUTON – ACTE 3 carries on the desire to see mature performers caught in the orbit of young choreographers. For the third act, it’s Benoît Lachambre‘s turn to collaborate with the inimitable Dana Michel and Peter James’s turn to check into the absurd universe of Katie Ward.

In the intimacy of La Chapelle, four artists will give themselves over to Danse-Cité’s “Traces-Hors-Sentiers” series. Between confrontation, interference, and inheritance, two generations engage in conversations that give birth to fertile collaborations and in so doing, carry on a chain of creative output.

March 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 2018 at Théâtre La Chapelle,  Montréal

Artistic director Katya Montaignac
Choreography 1: Dana Michel – Performer: Benoît Lachambre
Choreography 2: Katie Ward – Performer: Peter James
Music David Drury
Light Design Karine Gauthier
Technical direction Caroline Nadeau
Produced by Danse-Cité in collaboration with La 2e Porte à Gauche and Par B.L.eux
With the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Production residency CCOV [Centre de création O Vertigo]

Dana Michel is joining Par B.L.eux as an associate artist

Montreal. November 16th 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Par B.L.eux is pleased to announce that we are officially welcoming Dana Michel as an associated artist.

United by several shared work experiences, strong artistic affinities, as well as common values, Dana Michel and Benoît Lachambre join forces around a common message, under the Par B.L.eux umbrella. They explore in great depth new performance territories, use their socially conscious artistic process to wrestle with the events that shape our world, introducing new empathetic dynamics.

In her pieces, Michel explores the multiple facets of identity through intuitive improvisation. She brings to the fore the notions of performance alchemy and cultural bricolage – using live moments, object appropriation, and the juxtaposition of personal history with current preoccupations. After the immense success of Yellow Towel, she continues to criss-cross the globe with her new solo creation, Mercurial George. An exceptional choreographer and performer world-renowned for her moving work, Michel was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale in 2017.

After having benefited from Daniel Léveillé Danse’s assistance for several years, Michel now joins the Par B.L.eux company, teaming up with Benoît Lachambre, artistic director and founder, as well as Clara Furey, who has also been an associated artist since November 2016.

Par B.L.eux is a contemporary choreographic creation company, which continues to pursue a vision that has inspired it for more than 20 years: Redefining dance by emphasizing the importance of dialogue between choreographers and collaborators.

In 2016, in order to support artists with singular artistic practices, Par B.L.eux developed an artistic accompanying initiative. The latter is dedicated to assisting contemporary creators, who wish to produce and present works in a spirit of openness and collaboration, while developing interdisciplinary relationships, broadening the scope of dance.

Through this initiative, the company offers administrative, logistical and public relations support to artists that are committed to original, avant-garde artistic processes, which call into question the very foundations that define the performing arts. For Par B.L.eux, the evolution of dance depends on an abundance of ideas, as well as on the dynamic and continuous discussion of artistic concepts and processes. With a deep commitment to work towards raising the profile of dance, as well as preserving a diversity of practices within it, Par B.L.eux, continues to welcome artists on board who resonate with its artistic message.

This fall, Dana Michel began collaborating with Koen Vanhove, managing director of Key Performance, on the promotion and touring of her work. Key performance represents a select group of international artists including Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Jefta Van Dinther and Cullberg Ballet.

Dana Michel wishes to thank the entire Daniel Léveillé Danse team for its incredible work and the quality of its support over the years. She will continue her work as a choreographer and performer, now developing her performance projects in conjunction with Par B.L.eux.

After a European tour, culminating in a show at the Festival Moving in November in Helsinki, Dana Michel will perform Mercurial George in Ottawa at La Nouvelle Scène, as well as at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis before entering into a period of creation this winter.


Upcoming shows* :

November 17 th -18 th 2017 – Mercurial George / La Nouvelle Scène (Ottawa, Canada)-DLD*

January 11 th till 13 th 2018 – Mercurial George / Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, USA)-DLD*

April 6 th -7 th 2018 – Mercurial George / La scène Nationale d’Orléans (Orléans, France)

April 11 th -12 th 2018 – Mercurial George / MDT (Stockholm, Suède)

April 15 th 2018 – Mercurial George / New Baltic Dance Festival (Vilnius, Lituanie)

* : Daniel Léveillé Danse(DLD) is excecutive producer for these dates

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Photo: Sammy Rawal