Dana Michel, photo by Valerie Sangin
As yet untitled, Michel’s new work is in the making as she sets a small hiding place in her home. Perhaps a small tent. She will ghost a new reality in this small hiding place. Outside will be the jungle, will be the Congo, will be my dishes undone. Inside will be warm, will be lonely, will be escape. She will try to come out.
Dana Michel is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal, Canada. Before studying contemporary dance at Concordia University in her late twenties, she was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. In 2011, She had the honor of being a danceWEB scholarship recipient, allowing her to deepen her research process at ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Austria. Her work has toured through North America (Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Salt Lake City and New York City) and Europe (Austria, Belgium, Serbia & Switzerland) over the past six years. Dana’s work has garnered numerous awards including the Montreal Fringe Festival “Best Dance Production” in 2005, the Globe and Mail’s “Best Emerging Choreographer” in 2006, and a “Top Ten Choreographers” listing by the Montreal Mirror newspaper in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Most recently, the film version of her solo, the greater the weight, won the jury prize for the best performance at the InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies in Lisbon. In 2013, Yellow Towel was presented at the Festival Transamerique and in 2014 at American Realness in New York City. “…every stammering noise, every strained movement demonstrated powerful imagination and psychological force.” (Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, 2014)
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