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Picture: Camille McOuat
Mercurial George in Berlin
Picture: Dajana Lothert
Mercurial George in Berlin
Picture: Dajana Lothert
Mercurial George in Berlin
Picture: Dajana Lothert

Picture: Camille McOuat

Picture: Sammy Rawal

Picture: Camille McOuat

Picture: Sammy Rawal
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Dana Michel

Mercurial George

Please Note: Strobe lighting used during the performance. (Fast series of very short intense light flashes.) People with photo-sensitive epilepsy may be affected.

In her celebrated solo performances, Dana Michel investigates the endless diversity of human identity: slowed down beyond the point of recognition, bent into grotesque bodily shapes or completely sunken into herself, the performer resembles an unearthly being. The image of a ‘person’ is actually a distortion, warped as if in a fun house mirror, and often defined by arbitrarily applied stereotypes. Dana Michel traces these manipulated, disturbed perceptions of ‘reality’ and ‘self’ with uncanny intensity. For “Mercurial George”, she slips into the various personalities of an ‘inimitable performer’. “What do you do with the body?” she asks. Dana Michel describes her bizarre, comical, subversive performances as ‘post-cultural bricolage’, and arms them with elements borrowed from film, visual arts, fashion, sport or hip hop. It was only in her late twenties that the Canadian found her way to the performing arts; before that, she was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player, and she allows these experiences to flow into her art brut as well. In 2014, Dana Michel showed her work “Yellow Towel” at Tanz im August.

At the festival

August 2016
Bus Shuttle
We help you to get from one location to the other. The following shuttle ride was scheduled:

Sat 20.8.:
FROM: Akademie der Künste: MONUMENT 0.2: Valda & Gus
TO: HEBBEL AM UFER: HAU1 – 20:00 DANCE ON ENSEMBLE | HAU3 – 21:00 Dana Michel
DEPARTURE: 19.00 (after the performance)
Choreography Dana Michel
Technical Direction & Lighting Design Karine Gauthier
Artistic Advisors Martin Bélanger, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Roscoe Michel, Yoan Sorin
Sound David Drury
Coproduction Festival TransAmériques, Tanz im August, CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, ImPulsTanz, Chapter
Producers Dana Michel ; Marie-Andrée Gougeon for Daniel Léveillé danse
With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Canada Council for the Arts

Dana Michel receives administrative support from Daniel Léveillé danse company (Montréal, QC), as part of its touring sponsorship project.

Duration approx. 60 minutes