Dana Michel

VIVA! Art Action
August 28

Dana Michel is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal. Before obtaining a BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in her late twenties, she was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. She is a 2011 danceWEB scholar (Vienna, Austria) and is currently an artist-in-residence at DanceMakers (Toronto) and at Usine C (Montreal).

An amalgam of choreography, intuitive improvisation, and performance art, her artistic practice is rooted in exploring identity as disordered multiplicity.  She works with notions of performative alchemy and post-cultural bricolage – using live moments, object appropriation, personal history, future desires, and current preoccupations to create an empathetic centrifuge of experience between her and her witnesses.

In 2014, Michel was awarded the newly created ImPulsTanz Award (Vienna) in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments, and was highlighted amongst notable female choreographers of the year by the New York Times.