Dana Michel (CA)


11 Jul '23 to 12 Jul '23
Dana Michel (CA)


Dana Michel (CA)


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Bold movement installation about trust, in yourself and in others.

With her unique performance art, the Canadian Dana Michel questions notions of physicality and cultural identity in unconventional movement installations. The solo performance MIKE highlights the need to trust each other. Otherwise, how can we hold our own in this complex world?

Main programme

run time 180 minutes
location Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
venue Studio 1

MIKE is an ongoing installation. With an entrance ticket, it is possible to walk in- and out of the performance space.

Dana Michel's work is best described in terms of the influences she draws from for her work: she mixes intuitive improvisation, sculpture, hip-hop, comedy, film and social observations to create experiences that can throw you – as a viewer – considerably off your balance.

At an earlier edition of Julidans, Michel already made a great impression with her views on (repressed) cultural identity and sexual experience. In this edition, the Canadian artist poses in the three-hour continuous movement installation MIKE as a living sculpture, viewable from all sides. -|-The setting could not have been better chosen: in MIKE, Michel focuses on other ways of looking at others as well as yourself – and how you then behave towards each other.

Dana Michel started studying contemporary dance when she was already in her late twenties. Before that, she was a marketing manager, a competitive runner and a football player. In 2017, she received the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale.


creation and performance Dana Michel
artistic activators Viva Delorme, Ellen Furey, Peter James, Heide Louis, Tracy Maurice, Roscoe Michel, Karlyn Percil, Yoan Sorin
scenographic consultant/technical management Romain Guillet
sound consultant David Drury
production SCORP CORPS - Viva Delorme, Dana Michel
distribution Anna Skonecka, Koen Vanhove
coproduction ARSENIC - Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne, Switzerland / Suisse), Centre national des Arts (Ottawa, Canada), Festival TransAmériques (Montréal, Canada), Julidans Amsterdam (Netherlands / Pays-Bas), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium / Bruxelles, Belgique), MDT (Stockholm, Sweden / Suède), Montpellier Danse (France), Moving in November, (Helsinki, Finland / Finlande), Wexner Center for the Arts of The Ohio State University in Colombus (United States of America / États-Unis d’Amérique) -|-
Creative residences Alkantara (Lisbon / Lisbonne, Portugal), ANTI Festival (Kuopio, Finland / Finlande), Centre national des Arts (Ottawa, Canada), Kinosaki International Arts Center and Kyoto Experiment (Japon / Japan), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium / Bruxelles, Belgique), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany / Francfort, Allemagne), Montpellier Danse (France) résidence de création à l’Agora, cité internationale de la danse, avec le soutien de la Fondation BNP Paribas / creation residency at Agora, cité internationale de la danse, with support from BNP Paribas Foundation, RIMI/IMIR SceneKunst (Stavanger, Norway / Norvège), Shedhalle (Zürich, Switzerland / Suisse) with the kind support of Tanzhaus Zürich and the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland / avec l’aimable support de Tanzhaus Zürich et de l’Ambassade du Canada en Suisse, The Chocolate Factory (NYC, United States of America / États-Unis d’Amérique)

The creation of this work is being made possible thanks to the financial support of Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie and Conseil des Arts de Montréal.