Dana Michel Montréal, Canada


Montréal, Canada

Performer, mother, daughter, lover: how does one locate their sexual identity within a multitude of complimentary and seemingly contradictory identities? Dana Michel returns to Santarcangelo, where she presented “Yellow Towel” in 2017, this time bringing a penetrating and unexpected gaze on the liberation of a body and the most authentic expression of the self. Michel reveals a glimpse of her intimacy and inner self, mapping a sexual education with all of its embodiments, fabrications and disassociations. But this is not necessarily the theme the public must read and perceive: it is a starting point for a multiplicity of trajectories and questions. Can withholding a specific sexuality be considered a form of repression? At what cost? And at whose expense? In a slow process of de-censoring, discovering and displaying the infinite potential of everyday objects – forks, cans, bags – with which the performer interacts, “CUTLASS SPRING” is at once a manifesto and a heated reflection, an ethnography of sexual understanding and an archaeology of desire.


Dana Michel, a versatile artist and performer living in Montreal, moves between improvisation, choreography, sculpture, comedy, hip-hop, cinema, techno music, poetry, psychology, dub and social commentary. Before graduating from the Contemporary Dance programme at Concordia University, Michel was a marketing executive, a competitive runner and a football player. She has received numerous international awards and prizes, including the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art (Kuopio, Finland) in 2019. In 2018, she became the first dance artist-in-residence at the National Arts Centre in Canada.


Accessibility: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.

via Orsini 19, Santarcangelo



di e con Dana Michel
consulenza artistica Ellen Furey, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Heidi Louis, Tracy Maurice, Roscoe Michel, Karlyn Percil, Yoan Sorin, Alanna Stuart
light design Karine Gauthier
consulente del suono David Drury
direzione tecnica Karine Gauthier, Caroline Nadeau
produzione Dana Michel
produzione esecutiva Parbleux
distribuzione Key Performance - Anna Skonecka, Koen Vanhove
con il sostegno di Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec

progetto realizzato con il supporto di Ambasciata del Canada in Italia, Delegazione del Québec a Roma

© Jocelyn Michel