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"Just Sitting Down Seems Impossible" - The Stranger on "Yellow Towel" Mar 6, 2016

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Familiar Mar 4, 2016

Coming out of tonights performacne of "Yellow Towel" all I can think is that I saw things that were familiar, but not to my life. There's a specific separation between me and the person I saw or might of seen onstage (the character) that I simultaneously wanted to be empathetic towards but never in the same situation.

What is to be done when you recognize something, or think you do?

Do you call it out? Do you try to help?

We might be tempted to say this speaks volumes, but what are we saying to ourselves?

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Yellow Towel Review Mar 4, 2016

When I walked into On the Boards last night to view Dana Michel’s Yellow Towel I was already in a mindset of comparisons. It’s often how I process, by comparing things. It’s the wonder of simile and metaphors and the workings of a poet.  Kendrick Lamar’s new album, or rather EP “untitled. unmastered” was set to drop at midnight and as hip hop’s most influential artist currently (in my opinion) I was primed to see what would come of it after the immense success and risk taking and historical relevance that was his previous album To Pimp a Butterfly. See? Comparison.

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Performance Review: YELLOW TOWEL Mar 4, 2016

i am a blonde woman.

i am a blonde woman who grows my hair out twelve inches or more at a time in order to chop it off and donate it.

i am a person who takes pride in my blonde hair.

i imagine it as a wig on the head of some white child with no hair of her own. i imagine her joyful.

 

there is a wig on stage, made up of some blonde hair.

a black woman. a blonde wig.

 

i have never before considered what my blonde hair might mean to that black woman.

 

Yellow Towel is a deep and unrelenting investigation.

 

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Dana Michel + Seattle Artists on LuluNation Radio Mar 2, 2016

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Dana Michel Interview Feb 25, 2016

Dana Michel discusses dance, inspiration, being a mother and how she came to be a choreographer in this short interview from Dancemakers.

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Dana Michel Talks Process at the ImPulsTanz Festival Feb 25, 2016

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Watch a preview of Yellow Towel Feb 25, 2016

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Dana Michel on her Artistic Process Feb 22, 2016



‘I’m interested in seeing, yeah, what is the result of difficulty and danger? …and it’s fun.”

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"Barely Moving, But Communicating Volumes" - Dana Michel in the New York Times Feb 22, 2016



photo by Ian Douglas

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