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Dana Michel (CAN): CUTLASS SPRING

Umělkyně proměn, Dana Michel, zrychlí tep každého diváka a otevře zeširoka dveře ke své sexualitě. Působivý a nečekaný pohled na osvobození těla.

Potřebujeme osvětu v oblasti sexu? Jak se naučit následovat své instinkty, když jsme obklopeni společností, která nám velí, jak se chovat, a naše nejbližší okolí má svá očekávání?  

Jak znovu nastartovat tělo z režimu spánku? Jaké nástroje použít, abychom vykopali své ostatky? Dana Michel neustále pitvá svou totožnost zkoumáním hranic sexuality a sexuálních návyků. Svou nepotlačovanou energií a pohybem je každým kouskem o něco blíže k osvobození se a  upoutá také využitím ohromného potenciálu běžných věcí. CUTLASS SPRING potvrzuje úžasnou originalitu a humor vlastní této umělkyni oceněné v roce 2017 Stříbrným lvem na bienále v Benátkách.

Po představení následuje diskuze s tvůrci.


Created and performed by: Dana Michel
Artistic Activators: Ellen Furey, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Heidi Louis, Roscoe Michel, Karlyn Percil, Yoan Sorin, Alanna
Stuart
Sound Consultant: David Drury
Lighting Design: Karine Gauthier
Technical Direction: Caroline Nadeau and Karine Gauthier
Production: Dana Michel
Executive Production: Par B.L.eux

Distribution
Key Performance – Julia Asperska, Koen Vanhove

Dana Michel is an associate artist at Par B.L.eux

Coproduction: Arsenic - Centre d’art scénique Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland), Rosendal Teater (Trondheim,Norway), Black Box Teater (Oslo, Norway), Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France),National Arts Center (Ottawa, Canada), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal, Canada), Julidans(Amsterdam, Netherlands), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles, Belgium), Montpellier Danse (France),Moving in November (Helsinki, Finland)

Co-produced with the support of the Visiting Dance Artist Program, a joint initiative of the NationalArts Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Creative residencies: Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France), National Arts Center (Ottawa, Canada),CounterPulse (San Francisco, United States), Dancemakers (Toronto, Canada), da:ns lab (Singapore),Galerie du Dourven – Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (France), Kunstenfestivaldesarts(Belgium), PAF - Performing Arts Forum (France), Par B.L.eux (Montreal, Canada), Usine C (Montreal,Canada), Reykjavik Dance Festival (Iceland), Tanzhaus Zurich (Switzerland)The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support ofCanada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


Written by Elsa Pépin & Dana Michel

Translated by Neil Kroetsch & Dana Michel


CUTLASS SPRING - Dana Michel
She is not present in their pornography. She is not found in their eroticisms.
She is not even a part of her own fantasy world.


CUTLASS SPRING is what sex might mean to me right now.
I will roam inside a question: How might I locate my sexual identity within a multitude of complimentary and seemingly contradictory identities – as a performer, as a mother, as a daughter, as a lover, as a stranger? I will map a sexual education – with all of its embodiments, fabrications, and disassociations.
I will follow these trajectories toward their softest core so as to discover what I hold back and what I make explicit.She will solicit her body and all of the many things that go with her person. She will realize what remains within her for sexual contemplation. Inching towards uncensorship, engaging the infinite potential of everyday objects, CUTLASS SPRING is, at once, a manifesto and a heated reflection, an ethnography of sexual understanding and an archaeology of desire.


Dana Michel & Michael Nardone


NOTE FROM THE ARTIST


« when you’ve spent a lifetime holding back in one area, surely it’s holding other areas back.
time to unravel the knot that i didn’t completely realize existed (yes i did).
why i can’t touch people when i?
why i get confused when there’s more?
why i freeze now ?
what are the consequences of all the holding?
what other casualties have there been?
»


Dana Michel