CUTLASS SPRING by Dana Michel

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7 Mars @ 20.00  -RISK (RIMI/IMIR SceneKunst) (Dørene åpner @ 19.00)

***CUTLASS SPRING av Dana Michel ***


Billetter: 150kr/ 100Kr student

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NO (Scroll for english)
Velkommen til sesongens andre forestilling, hvor vi med stoor glede kan ønske velkommen Dana Michel her på huset for andre gang. Michel har turnert over store deler av verden, og over store deler av Europa med dette stykket, og er endelig her på RIMI/IMIR med soloen CUTLASS SPRING, hennes nyeste produksjon fra 2019. Vi gleder oss stort! Dette er ikke noe du vil gå glipp av, Stavanger!
Forestillingen vil bli etterfulgt av en 'Min Praksis' dagen etter forestillingen, så sett av datoen!!
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Note of artistic intent 
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 

 
Biografi 
DANA MICHEL er en koreograf og live kunstner. Arbeidet hennes interagerer improvisatoriske felt,  skulptur, hip-hop, komedie, film, dub, og samfunnskritikk for å skape en sentrifuge av ulike erfaringer og stimulans.  

Før hun i slutten av 20-årene ble uteksaminert fra BFA programmet i samtidsdans ved Universitetet i Concordia var Michel markedsføringsleder, konkurrerende løper, og fotballspiller. Hun ble i 2014 tildelt den nylig opprettede ImPulsTanz Prisen (Wien) som annerkjennelse for enestående kunstneriske prestasjoner, og ble av New York Times samme året  fremhevet som en av årets bemerkelsesverdige koreografer. Michel ble I 2017 tildelt ‘Silver Lion’ prisen for innovasjon innen dans på Venice Biennale. I 2018 ble hun den aller første dansekunstneren med residens på ‘National Arts Centre’ I Canada. Hun ble nylig tildelt ‘ANTI festival International’ prisen for live kunst. 

For tiden turnerer hun tre solostykker, Yellow Towel, Mercurial George og CUTLASS SPRING, skapt i 2019. Dana Michel har base i Montreal, og er en kunstner med forbindelse til Par B.L.eux. 

 
Credits 
Skapt og fremført av:
Dana Michel 
Artistic Activators: 
Ellen Furey, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Heidi Louis, Roscoe Michel, Karlyn Percil, Yoan Sorin, Alanna Stuart 
Lydkonsulent: 
David Drury 
Lysdesign: 
Karine Gauthier 
Teknisk sjef:
Karine Gauthier 
Produksjon: 
Dana Michel 
Excecutive producer: 
Par B.L.eux 
Distribusjon:
Key Performance 
Julia Asperska, Koen Vanhove 

 
ARTISTIC STATEMENT 
An amalgam of intuitive improvisation, choreography, and performance art, my artistic practice is rooted in exploring the multiplicity of identity. I work with notions of performative alchemy and lucid dreaming – using personal history, current preoccupations, and future desires to create an empathetic centrifuge of live moments between myself and witnesses. 

Today, my work can perhaps be described by some of its influences and inhabitations: sculpture, cinematography, comedy, hip-hop, psychology, dub, and social commentary. 

In research, I alternate between the work that takes place in and out of the studio. After pouring over a subject via writing, reading, video, and discussion – I relax my focus and let the body take over. I feed myself with sound, silence, and dissonance – at times over-stuffing my body and psyche with stimulation to encounter its response. Then, minute details pop into my kinetic vision. They manifest movements, resonations, colours, textures, and certain experiences of light. These details clarify the trajectory of the work. 

Using difficulty as a navigational methodology comes naturally and coerces my performances into places of emergency and vulnerability. This is where I am able to listen at closest range, and to share with the least hesitation. Thinking about beings as mathematical proofs or portals, made up of billions of possibilities, deepens this listening. 

My offering is a repository that remains open to interpretation, a vast space for encountering and broadening one’s own logic of seeing and experiencing. 

–Dana Michel 

 
Notes 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? » 

« I’ve always been obsessed with...“sex stuff”. My much older sister majored in Psychology in University, and so I spent my childhood often sneakily pouring over her textbooks, always particularly fascinated with her human sexuality textbooks. These memories came ooding back this past year when my ve- year old started receiving special sexual education workshops at his daycare. It made me think that it was time to renew my own sex ed knowledge. 

While i work with the body and movement in my work as a live artist, I have noticed an increasing disconnection with myself as a sexual being over the past 20 years. This widening ssure has stricken me as particularly troubling as i have always had a particularly keen interest in sexual investigation and a somewhat latent (and admittedly giggly!) interest in becoming a sexologist. In my past two works, I have to some extent been exploring the idea of repression - how I had been repressing certain aspects of my cultural identity and the repercussions of this kind of withholding. Moving further towards uncovering buried facets of my human composition, I would now like to delve into what has become the mystery of my sexual self and how it affects me as a human, a performer, a mother, a lover. 

A couple of major questions, for instance: 

-How does a lifetime of hiding affect how we connect to others? 

-What are the effects of repression on how one loves, how one shares physical space with others, and how one shares their body with others? » 

Dana Michel 
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7 Mach @ 20.00  -RISK (RIMI/IMIR SceneKunst) (Doors open @ 19.00)

***CUTLASS SPRING by Dana Michel ***


Tickets: 150kr/ 100Kr student


EN
Welcome to the seasons second performance. We're super excited to welcome Dana Michel here at the house for the second time. Michel has toured all over the world, and with this piece all over Europe, and she is finally here at RIMI/IMIR with her solo-performance CUTLASS SPRING, her newest production from 2019. We can't wait. You really don't wanna miss this one, Stavanger! The performance will also be followed by 'Min Praksis' on the following sunday, so save the date.
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Note of artistic intent 
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 


Biography 
DANA MICHEL is a choreographer and live artist. Her works interact with the expanded fields of improvisation, sculpture, hip-hop, comedy, cinematography, dub, and social commentary to create centrifuge of experience. 

Before graduating from the BFA program in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in her late twenties, Michel was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. In 2014, she was awarded the newly created ImPulsTanz Award (Vienna) in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments, and was highlighted among notable female choreographers of the year by the New York Times. In 2017, Michel was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale. In 2018, she became the first ever dance artist in residence at the National Arts Centre, Canada. Recently, she was awarded the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art. 

She is currently touring three solo performance works, Yellow Towel, Mercurial George and CUTLASS SPRING created in 2019. Based in Montreal, Dana Michel is an associate artist with Par B.L.eux. 

Credits:
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: 
Karine Gauthier 
Production: 
Dana Michel 
Executive Production: 
Par B.L.eux 
Distribution: 
Key Performance 
Julia Asperska, Koen Vanhove 


ARTISTIC STATEMENT 
An amalgam of intuitive improvisation, choreography, and performance art, my artistic practice is rooted in exploring the multiplicity of identity. I work with notions of performative alchemy and lucid dreaming – using personal history, current preoccupations, and future desires to create an empathetic centrifuge of live moments between myself and witnesses. 

Today, my work can perhaps be described by some of its influences and inhabitations: sculpture, cinematography, comedy, hip-hop, psychology, dub, and social commentary. 

In research, I alternate between the work that takes place in and out of the studio. After pouring over a subject via writing, reading, video, and discussion – I relax my focus and let the body take over. I feed myself with sound, silence, and dissonance – at times over-stuffing my body and psyche with stimulation to encounter its response. Then, minute details pop into my kinetic vision. They manifest movements, resonations, colours, textures, and certain experiences of light. These details clarify the trajectory of the work. 

Using difficulty as a navigational methodology comes naturally and coerces my performances into places of emergency and vulnerability. This is where I am able to listen at closest range, and to share with the least hesitation. Thinking about beings as mathematical proofs or portals, made up of billions of possibilities, deepens this listening. 

My offering is a repository that remains open to interpretation, a vast space for encountering and broadening one’s own logic of seeing and experiencing. 

–Dana Michel 

 
Notes 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? » 

« I’ve always been obsessed with...“sex stuff”. My much older sister majored in Psychology in University, and so I spent my childhood often sneakily pouring over her textbooks, always particularly fascinated with her human sexuality textbooks. These memories came ooding back this past year when my ve- year old started receiving special sexual education workshops at his daycare. It made me think that it was time to renew my own sex ed knowledge. 

While i work with the body and movement in my work as a live artist, I have noticed an increasing disconnection with myself as a sexual being over the past 20 years. This widening ssure has stricken me as particularly troubling as i have always had a particularly keen interest in sexual investigation and a somewhat latent (and admittedly giggly!) interest in becoming a sexologist. In my past two works, I have to some extent been exploring the idea of repression - how I had been repressing certain aspects of my cultural identity and the repercussions of this kind of withholding. Moving further towards uncovering buried facets of my human composition, I would now like to delve into what has become the mystery of my sexual self and how it affects me as a human, a performer, a mother, a lover. 

A couple of major questions, for instance: 

-How does a lifetime of hiding affect how we connect to others? 

-What are the effects of repression on how one loves, how one shares physical space with others, and how one shares their body with others? » 

Dana Michel 


                                   
    
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