Michal Samama

Michal Samama, photo by Tal Unreich

Michal Samama, photo by Tal Unreich

Is the body more valuable as a whole or when broken down to its parts and functions? How is the body bought and sold in our society? In What am I paying you for? I delve into a most direct, physical engagement with a plastic bag. The body moves constantly between mastering the object and being mastered by it as if it was trapped and liberated simultaneously.

Michal Samama (Israel, 1977) is a performance artist and choreographer creating body-based art works that incorporate movement, sound, objects, text, installation and site-specific practices. Samama is currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the recipient of SAIC 2013 New Artist Society Scholarship Award. Her recent residencies include: 2012-2013 Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program at New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), Movement Research 2011-2013 Artist-in-Residence, LiftOff Residency at New Dance Alliance. In New York her work has been presented at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Performance Mix Festival at The Flea Theater, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, CPR (Center for Performance Research), Chez Bushwick, Priska C. Juschka Gallery, First Street Green at First Park, Vaudeville Park, AUNTS and the 92nd Street Y, where she also curated Sunday At Three in January 2012. In Europe Samama has performed at the Home Sweet Home Festival, Werkstatt der Kulturen and the Grimmuseum in Berlin, and in Israel in many prominent venues including Suzanne Dellal Center, Tmuna Theater and Tzavta Theater. Her play was presented at Act 2 Festival for Experimental Theater. She received her BA in Dance and Choreography from Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel-Aviv and also graduated from Search Engine Contemporary Center for the Performing Arts in Jaffa, where she studied theater, writing and performance art.