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Is holding onto one specific sexuality a form of repression? At what cost? At whose cost? It is time to unravel a tangle that maybe you didn’t even know it existed. Canadian artist Dana Michel breaks through conventions with her daring choreographies. By way of dance and performance, she gives shape to different bodies and ideas that leave the well-trodden paths of stereotypical physicality and identity. Her work can best be described by its influences: sculpture, cinematography, comedy, psychology and social reflection. In earlier work Michel explored the repression of cultural identity. Her latest creation, CUTLASS SPRING, delves into multiple facets of human sexuality. Michel explores how cultural repression and her life as a performer, a mother and a lover have shaped her sexual identity.

See also: Free School: The Politics of Sexuality

Created and performed by: Dana Michel
Artistic activators: Ellen Furey, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Heidi Louis, Roscoe Michel, Yoan Sorin, Karlyn Percil, Alanna Stuart
Sound consultant: David Drury
Lighting design: Karine Gauthier
Technical direction: Caroline Nadeau and Karine Gauthier

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Beursschouwburg
Production: Dana Michel
Executive production: Par B.L.eux
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Arsenic (Switzerland), Bastard Festival (Norway), Black Box Teater (Norway), Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France), Centre National des Arts (Ottawa, Canada), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal, Canada), Julidans (Netherlands), Montpellier Danse (France), Moving in November (Finland)
Distribution: Key Performance
Creative residencies: Beursschouwburg, Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France), Centre National des Arts (Ottawa, Canada), CounterPulse (San Francisco, United States), Dancemakers (Toronto, Canada), Galerie du Dourven (France), PAF - Performing Arts Forum (France), Par B.L.eux (Montreal, Canada), Usine C (Montreal, Canada), Reykjavik Dance Festival (Island), Tanzhaus Zurich (Switzerland)
Co-produced with the support of the Visiting Dance Artist Program, a joint initiative of the National Arts Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts

Dana Michel is associate artist of Par B.L.eux

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Dana Michel is a choreographer and live artist. Her works interact with the expanded fields of improvisation, sculpture, hip-hop, comedy, cinematography, dub, and social commentary to create centrifuge of experience. Before graduating from the BFA program in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in her late twenties, Michel was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. In 2014, she was awarded the newly created ImPulsTanz Award (Vienna) in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments, and was highlighted among notable female choreographers of the year by the New York Times. In 2017, Michel was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale. In 2018, she became the first ever dance artist in residence at the National Arts Centre, Canada. Recently, she has been shortlisted for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art. Michel is currently touring two solo performance works, Yellow Towel and Mercurial George. She will premier her new solo performance work, CUTLASS SPRING, in 2019. Based in Montreal, Michel is an associate artist with Par B.L.eux.

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