Skills: Company Repertoire, Recent creation

Mercurial George


“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 

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.

“Michel’s poetic relationship to things is insistent. She investigates shapes and materials, reinventing sculptural forms in plastics, elastics, and doughs. Her work carves pathways through the felt, stuttering persuasively in moving registers of performance. Witty as well as socially astute, her performances loosen feeling. She withholds her body’s outlines (deferring visual recognition) while claiming opacity’s metamorphic scope. Mercurial George vibrates; it vibrates with me still.”

(VK Preston, Performance Studies Scholar, Brown University/University of Toronto)

Conceived and Performed by Dana Michel

Light Karine Gauthier

Artistic Activators Martin Bélanger, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Roscoe Michel, Yoan Sorin

Sound Consultant David Drury

Production Dana Michel

Executive producer Par B.L.eux

Distribution Key Performance – Julia Asperska, Koen Vanhove

Coproduction CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (Paris), Chapter (Cardiff), Festival TransAmériques, ImpulsTanz (Vienne), Tanz im August (Berlin)

Creative residencies Usine C (Montréal), Dancemakers (Toronto), ImPulsTanz (Vienne), Actoral/La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseille), WOOP (Douamenez), CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (Paris), M.A.I. (Montréal)    

The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of
Conseil des Arts du Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec



Duration 60 minutes

Premiere 02 juin 2016 – Festival TransAmériques (Montréal, Canada)