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Dana Michel

Dana Michel presents MIKE, an epic work about work culture. From the margins comes a silent rebellion, taking its time and yours, utopianly yours.



Vital Space is the Place

Dana Michel specializes in creating situations governed by their own logic. She lives in a world of objects to which she gives new meaning and purposes, away from binary and linear thinking and doing. She breaches social norms from a position of curiosity rather than provocation, gently ushering supposed “marginal figures” to the centre of the conversation. With humour and sensitivity, she questions our very modes of existence.

MIKE asserts the nomadic aesthetic that has become Michel’s calling card over the course of her career. In an open space, during three hours, MIKE invites the audience to spend time inside its universe. It revolves around work culture and self-respect, and puts forward a burning question: is it possible to live public lives that reflect our inner selves? Put your faith in Michel’s hands, one yes at a time. 


Produced by SCORP CORPS
Created and performed by Dana Michel
Artistic Activators Viva Delorme + Ellen Furey + Peter James + Heidi Louis + Tracy Maurice + Roscoe Michel + Karlyn Percil + Yoan Sorin
Scenographic Consultant and Technical Director Romain Guillet
Sound Consultant David Drury
Production Viva Delorme + Dana Michel  ̶  SCORP CORPS
Distribution Anna Skonecka + Koen Vanhove  ̶  Key Performance

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + ARSENIC ̶ Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne) + Centre National des Arts (Ottawa) + Julidans Amsterdam + Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles Brussels) + MDT (Stockholm) + Montpellier Danse + Wexner Center for the Arts of The Ohio State University (Colombus) + Moving in November (Helsinki)

With the support of Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie

Creative residencies Alkantara (Lisbonne) + ANTI Festival (Kuopio) + Centre National des Arts (Ottawa) + Kinosaki International Arts Center +  Kyoto Experiment + Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) + Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt) + Montpellier Danse, residency at Agora, cité internationale de la danse with the support of Fondation BNP Paribas + RIMI/IMIR SceneKunst (Stavangery) + Shedhalle (Zürich) with the support of Tanzhaus Zürich and the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland + The Chocolate Factory (New York)

Premiered at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles, on May 18, 2023

Written by Enora Rivière
Translated by Marie-Pier Labbé

Presented in association with UQAM – Cœur des sciences


©Richmond Lam

Dana Michel (Montreal)

She describes herself as a live artist. Exploring the world of nuance, Dana caused a stir from the start with her first creations. Since then, she has been refining her exploration of time and improvisation, finding her own way into concepts such as identity, sexuality, and work.

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