Performer(s) in the photo: Dana Michel
Photographer: Jocelyn Michel
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 decensorship, 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 et Michael Nardone
Created and performed by: Dana Michel
Artistic Activators: Ellen Furey, Peter James, Mathieu Léger, Heidi Louis, Tracy Maurice, Roscoe Michel, Karlyn Percil, Yoan Sorin, Alanna Stuart
Sound Consultant: David Drury
Lighting Design: Karine Gauthier
Technical Direction: Caroline Nadeau and Karine Gauthier
Production: Dana Michel
Executive Production: Parbleux
Distribution: Key Performance – Anna Skonecka, Koen Vanhove
Coproduction: Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne, Switzerland), Rosendal Teater (Trondheim, Norway), Black Box Teater (Oslo, Norway), Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France), Centre National des Arts (Ottawa, Canada), Festival TransAmériques (Montréal, Canada), Julidans (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles, Belgium), Montpellier Danse (France), Moving in November (Helsinki, Finland)
Co-produced with the support of the Visiting Dance Artist Program, a joint initiative of the National Arts Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts
Creative residencies: Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France), Centre National des Arts (Ottawa, Canada), CounterPulse (San Francisco, USA), Dancemakers (Toronto, Canada), da:ns lab (Singapor), Galerie du Dourven – Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (France), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles, Belgium), PAF – Performing Arts Forum (France), Parbleux (Montréal, Canada), Usine C (Montréal, Canada), Reykjavik Dance Festival (Iceland), Tanzhaus Zurich (Switzerland)
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
30 July 2022,