As a child, Dana Michel would drape a yellow towel on her head in an attempt to emulate the blonde girls at school. As an adult, she now revisits the imaginary world of her alter-ego in a performative ritual free of cover-ups or censorship. Blending austerity and absurdity, she digs into black culture stereotypes, turning them inside out to see whether or not she can relate. We witness her allowing a strange creature to emerge from this excavation in a slow and disconcerting metamorphosis that we follow with fascination. Strongly influenced by the aesthetics of fashion, music videos, queer culture and comedy, Dana Michel quickly emerged as a dance artist. With Yellow Towel, which was developed in Vienna, Brussels, New York, Toronto and in Montreal, she explores new creation territories and most decidedly asserts herself as an artist to watch, a figure of the Montreal underground scene well worth discovering. (Dana Michel)
Choreography, performance, set and costume design: Dana Michel; Light design: Karine Gauthier; Artistic advisors: Ivo Dimchev, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Antonija Livingstone, Manolis Tsipos; Sound consultant: David Drury; Executive producer: Marie-Andrée Gougeon (Daniel Léveillé danse); Coproduction: Festival TransAmériques, Studio 303.
Creative residencies: Compagnie Marie Chouinard, MAI, Le Chien Perdu, Usine C, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Studio 303, Agora de la Danse.
Organisation: City of Women; In collaboration with: Dance Theatre Ljubljana.
Dana Michel receives support from Daniel Léveillé danse company (Montreal), as part of its touring sponsorship project.
Price: € 7, € 5 (students and pensioners upon submission of an identity card, and self-employed in culture).