NU Performance Festival 2016: DANA MICHEL / Mercurial George / Montreal

Moving in November Festival meets NU Performance Festival 2016.

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 choreographer and performer. 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) and is currently an artist-in-residence at DanceMakers (Toronto) and at Usine C (Montreal). An amalgam of choreography, intuitive improvisation and performance art, her artistic practice is rooted in exploring identity as disordered multiplicity. She works 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.

Conceived and performed by: Dana Michel
Lighting design, technical direction: Karine Gauthier
Artistic activators: Martin Bélanger, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Roscoe Michel, Yoan Sorin
Helikonsultant: David Drury
Production: Dana Michel
Producer: Marie-Andrée Gougeon (Daniel Léveillé Danse)
Coproduction: 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, Actoral/La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseille), WOOP (Douamenez), CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, M.A.I. (Montréal)
With the support of: Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts du Canada
Premiere: 02.06.2016, Festival TransAmérique, Montréal
Duration: 60`

Dana Michel receives administrative/development support from Daniel Léveillé danse company (Montreal, Canada) as part of its sponsorship project.

Dana Michel “Mercurial George” performances are part of NU Performance Festival and Moving in November Festival (Helsinki).

The performance on October 29 will be followed by artist talk.

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NU Performance Festival 2016: DANA MICHEL / Mercurial George / Montreal

29.10.2016, 19:30 - 20:30

30.10.2016, 17:00 - 18:00

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