saturday 29 april – 10pm ~
Dana Michel (CAN)
Palna Easy Francis
performance, italian première
“Ya, okay. I can teach you a trick or two. But you gotta let go! Gotta let go of what they tell you, you are capable of! The sun doesn‘t have to rule the whole game! There is snow too. Trust me! We will gather around, regularly, and we will see what the snow can bring, okay?”
Palna Easy Francis is an open choreographic work, a shared bizarre journey with Dana Michel, whose style is inimitable. Unconventional and unique, she does things her own way, overwhelming us with her instinct and intuition. Her work can perhaps be best described by its influences: lucid cinematography, living sculpture, physical comedy, psychological excavation, deconstructed social commentary, the bulimic logic of Hip Hop, and child-like naïveté. Essentially, though, Michel holds all perceptions of the work to be just as valid and important as its intentions. Palna Easy Francis is a remix of her own expressive potentials and meanings. Michel develops an awkward and visceral body&sound language, putting herself out of balance, in search of solid ground, whilst also trying to restrict her exuberant physicality, cutting out the wildness. As a self-taught artist, she encourages her performances into places of emergency and vulnerability, allowing her to share richer and perhaps more honest findings. Exponential multiplicity of reactions is welcome.
presented with the support of Ambasciata del Canada Roma / Focus Canada 150°
Dana Michel is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal, Canada. 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, Canada) and at Usine C (Montreal, Canada). 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. Her first solo work Yellow Towel (2013) was featured on the Top 5 in Canada. In 2014, she was awarded the Impulstanz Award (Vienna) in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments and was highlighted amongst notable female choreographers of the year by the New York Times. Her recent solo Mercurial George was premiered at Festival TransAmériques in 2016, followed by her newest Palna Easy Francis, a mutable work premiered in Berlin. Dana Michel has been awarded in 2017 with the Leone d’Argento for the innovation in Danse from the Venice Biennale, for her original approach.