“Michel’s entrancing and determined weirdness [is] engrossing… [Her] aptitude in using her body as metaphor, and in integrating objects into her world, is astonishing.”
Dana Michel gives us all she can in this subversive, achingly personal show. Using physical choreography, vocal contortions and some truly outré symbolism, she enacts a psychological excavation onstage. Her goal is to investigate herself as a performer, a daughter, a mother and many other things—including and especially as a sexual being.
The mise-en-scène is minimal, and the use of costumes, props and sound effects is unconventional to say the least. Crawling, writhing and crying out before us, Michel seeks to reinvent the idea of communication for herself; there’s much in the performance that is deeply private, but the sexual assertion, the expression of anguish and the defiant feminism are clear as day. Audiences are free to laugh, to gawk, to be scared, to empathize; the work is open to a generous range of interpretations and responses. All that’s required is curiosity, courage and a sense of adventure; they will be amply rewarded.
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CREATOR, PERFORMER Dana Michel ARTISTIC ACTIVATORS Ellen Furey, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Heidi Louis, Roscoe Michel, Karlyn Percil, Yoan Sorin, Alanna Stuart SOUND CONSULTANT David Drury LIGHTING DESIGNER Karine Gauthier TECHNICAL DIRECTORS Caroline Nadeau, Karine Gauthier PRODUCTION Dana Michel EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION Par B.L.eux DISTRIBUTION Key Performance – Julia Asperska, Koen Vanhove
CO-PRODUCTION Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland), Rosendal Teater (Trondheim, Norway), Black Box Teater (Oslo, Norway), Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France), National Arts Center (Ottawa, Canada), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal, Canada), Julidans (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles, Belgium), Montpellier Danse (France), Moving in November (Helsinki, Finland) 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. CREATIVE RESIDENCIES Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France), National Arts Center (Ottawa, Canada), CounterPulse (San Francisco, United States), Dancemakers (Toronto, Canada), da:ns lab (Singapore), Galerie du Dourven – Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (France), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Belgium), PAF – Performing Arts Forum (France), Par B.L.eux (Montreal, Canada), Usine C (Montreal, Canada), Reykjavik Dance Festival (Iceland), Tanzhaus Zurich (Switzerland) FINANCIAL SUPPORT Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec ASSOCIATE ARTIST Dana Michel is an artist associate of Par B.L.eux