Dana Michel:

Mercurial George


SAT 4.11.2017 at 18:00


Turunlinnantie 1, Helsinki








Dana Michel is inimitable. Unique. The choreographer doesn’t dance so much as dare, taking risks and inventing her own body language based on questionings of her roots. Her strange, quirky work, her audacity and her unbridled imagination have won over audiences and captivated the world of contemporary performance.

Mercurial George is a quirky plunge into the unconventional universe of an inimitable performer. In this solo, Dana Michel becomes the archeologist of her own persona. Bizarre, but also comical, her universe is bathed in childhood naiveté and sacred mystery. Intuitive, free and dissident, Dana Michel breaks the mould and shifts points of view.



“I only just got a bit of dirt under the nails with the last thing. Now wading through the hairy rubble of a preliminary anthropological dig. So much debris! I couldn’t have predicted how much debris there would be and how much work I had created for myself in waking this beast.” – Dana Michel.



Dana Michel is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal. Before obtaining a BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in her late twenties, she was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. An amalgam of choreography, intuitive improvisation and performance art, her artistic practice is rooted in exploring identity as disordered multiplicity.

Dana Michel received the prestigious Silver Lion for innovation in Dance award at the 2017 Venice Biennale.






Conceived and performed by Dana Michel

Lighting design & technical direction: Karine Gauthier

Artistic activators: Martin Bélanger, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Roscoe Michel, Yoan Sorin

Sound consultant: David Drury

Production: Dana Michel and Daniel Léveillé Danse

Executive producer: Marie-Andrée Gougeon for Daniel Léveillé Danse

Coproduction: Festival TransAmériques (Montréal), Tanz im August (Berlin), CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (Paris), ImPulsTanz (Vienne), Chapter (Cardiff)

Creative residencies: Usine C (Montreal), Dancemakers (Toronto), ImPulsTanz (Vienna), Actoral/La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseille), WOOP (Douamenez), CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (Paris), M.A.I. (Montréal)

With the support of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts du Canada

Dana Michel receives administrative/development support from Daniel Léveillé Danse company (Montreal, Canada) as part of its sponsorship project.


Premiere: June 2, 2016, Festival TransAmérique, Montréal (Canada)

Duration: 60 min.


Photo: Jocelyn Michel





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Single tickets 25/15 € from Lippupiste and at the door, if available.


This performance is included in the festival pass.