As a child, Dana Michel wrapped a yellow towel around her head, trying to look like the blonde girls at her school. Reaching back in time, she now delves into the imaginary world of her youthful alter ego. Yellow Towel is a ritual performance, averse to self-censorship. With a mix of seriousness and absurdity, Michel digs into the stereotypes that exist around ‘black culture’, and explores the extent to which she can identify with them.
The performances of this Canadian phenomenon are strange, overwhelming experiences. She dares as much as she dances. Influenced by fashion, music videos, queer culture, cinema, hip-hop and comedy, Michel turns our conventions and perceptions about identity on their head. She’s stolen the hearts of audiences worldwide with her quirky mix of cartoon, performance and sculpture. Yellow Towel, an intriguing key work, will certainly linger for some time to come.
Dana Michel is an associate artist with Par B.L.eux
Photos © Ian Douglas
CreditsChoreography, performance, set and costume design Dana Michel | Production Dana Michel | Light design and technician Karine Gauthier | Sound advice David Drury | Artistic advice Ivo Dimchev, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Antonija Livingstone, Manolis Tsipos | Executive Production Par B.L.eux | Distribution Key Performance – Julia Asperska, Koen Vanhove | Co-production Festival TransAmériques (Montréal), Studio 303 | Residency Compagnie Marie Chouinard, MAI, Le Chien Perdu (Bruxelles), Usine C, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Studio 303, Agora de la Danse | The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of Conseil des Arts du Canada et du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, du Programme d’Action Culturelle du Cirque du Soleil et du M.A.I.