Montreal. November 16th 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Par B.L.eux is pleased to announce that we are officially welcoming Dana Michel as an associated artist.
United by several shared work experiences, strong artistic affinities, as well as common values, Dana Michel and Benoît Lachambre join forces around a common message, under the Par B.L.eux umbrella. They explore in great depth new performance territories, use their socially conscious artistic process to wrestle with the events that shape our world, introducing new empathetic dynamics.
In her pieces, Michel explores the multiple facets of identity through intuitive improvisation. She brings to the fore the notions of performance alchemy and cultural bricolage – using live moments, object appropriation, and the juxtaposition of personal history with current preoccupations. After the immense success of Yellow Towel, she continues to criss-cross the globe with her new solo creation, Mercurial George. An exceptional choreographer and performer world-renowned for her moving work, Michel was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale in 2017.
After having benefited from Daniel Léveillé Danse’s assistance for several years, Michel now joins the Par B.L.eux company, teaming up with Benoît Lachambre, artistic director and founder, as well as Clara Furey, who has also been an associated artist since November 2016.
Par B.L.eux is a contemporary choreographic creation company, which continues to pursue a vision that has inspired it for more than 20 years: Redefining dance by emphasizing the importance of dialogue between choreographers and collaborators.
In 2016, in order to support artists with singular artistic practices, Par B.L.eux developed an artistic accompanying initiative. The latter is dedicated to assisting contemporary creators, who wish to produce and present works in a spirit of openness and collaboration, while developing interdisciplinary relationships, broadening the scope of dance.
Through this initiative, the company offers administrative, logistical and public relations support to artists that are committed to original, avant-garde artistic processes, which call into question the very foundations that define the performing arts. For Par B.L.eux, the evolution of dance depends on an abundance of ideas, as well as on the dynamic and continuous discussion of artistic concepts and processes. With a deep commitment to work towards raising the profile of dance, as well as preserving a diversity of practices within it, Par B.L.eux, continues to welcome artists on board who resonate with its artistic message.
This fall, Dana Michel began collaborating with Koen Vanhove, managing director of Key Performance, on the promotion and touring of her work. Key performance represents a select group of international artists including Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Jefta Van Dinther and Cullberg Ballet.
Dana Michel wishes to thank the entire Daniel Léveillé Danse team for its incredible work and the quality of its support over the years. She will continue her work as a choreographer and performer, now developing her performance projects in conjunction with Par B.L.eux.
After a European tour, culminating in a show at the Festival Moving in November in Helsinki, Dana Michel will perform Mercurial George in Ottawa at La Nouvelle Scène, as well as at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis before entering into a period of creation this winter.
Upcoming shows* :
November 17 th -18 th 2017 – Mercurial George / La Nouvelle Scène (Ottawa, Canada)-DLD*
January 11 th till 13 th 2018 – Mercurial George / Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, USA)-DLD*
April 6 th -7 th 2018 – Mercurial George / La scène Nationale d’Orléans (Orléans, France)
April 11 th -12 th 2018 – Mercurial George / MDT (Stockholm, Suède)
April 15 th 2018 – Mercurial George / New Baltic Dance Festival (Vilnius, Lituanie)
* : Daniel Léveillé Danse(DLD) is excecutive producer for these dates
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Photo: Sammy Rawal