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By Dana Michel

Yellow Towel by Dana Michel (Photo by: Ian Douglas)

Yellow Towel by Dana Michel (Photo by: Maxyme G. Delisle)

Photo by: Ian Douglas Photo by: Maxyme G. Delisle

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As a child, Dana Michel would drape a yellow towel on her head in an attempt to emulate the blonde girls at school. As an adult, she now revisits the imaginary world of her alter-ego in a performative ritual free of cover-ups or censorship. Blending austerity and absurdity, she digs into black culture stereotypes, turning them inside out to see whether or not she can relate. We witness her allowing a strange creature to emerge from this excavation in a slow and disconcerting metamorphosis that we follow with fascination. Strongly influenced by the aesthetics of fashion, music videos, queer culture and comedy, Dana Michel quickly stood out as an emerging dance artist. With Yellow Towel, which was developed in Vienna, Brussels, New York, Toronto and Montreal, she decidedly asserts herself as an artist to watch. Grant support provided by Illinois Humanities and the Québec Government Office in Chicago. Yellow Towel also is a part of the black I body performance series.




February 26-27, 2016

Public Discussion with the black I body Curator Barak adé Soleil, February 26, 2016, immediately after 7:30 pm performance of Yellow Towel

Public Dialogue with Dana Michel, February 27, 2016, 1-3 pm

Art School with Dana Michel: An Activator Class in Choreography, February 28, 2016, 2-5 pm




7:30 pm




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66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601








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