A real original, praised for her dramatic imagination, the Canadian Dana Michel is a performer who is hard to describe. She is clearly a dancer, even though she hardly dances; she murmurs almost incomprehensible words, and yet she captures us with her uncanny presence. In Yellow Towel she explores the multiplicity of identity through intuitive improvisation.
As a child, Dana Michel would drape a yellow towel over her head in an attempt to imitate the blonde girls at school. Now she revisits the imaginary world of her alter ego in a performative ritual. Blending austerity and absurdity, she delves into black cultural stereotypes, turning them inside out to see if she can relate to them or not. Although she addresses racial issues, she doesn’t preach about the status of minorities but investigates her own thinking, which is as complex as the issues she deals with. Yellow Towel was recently singled out by the New York Times as one of this year’s most remarkable productions.
Production: Daniel Léveillé danse company (Montréal) Coproduction: Festival TransAmériques, Studio 303. Creative residencies: Compagnie Marie Chouinard, MAI, Le Chien Perdu (Brussels), Usine C, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Studio 303, Agora de la Danse. With the support of: Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Quebec, Canada Council for the Arts, Cirque du Soleil Cultural Action program, MAI. Administrative support: Daniel Léveillé danse company (Montréal, QC) as part of its touring sponsorship project.