Dana Michel

In Performance: Dana Michel, Mercurial George (Out There Festival)

Mercurial George Dana Michel January 11-13, 2018 Walker Art Center Dana Michel’s solo work Mercurial George is a follow-up to her 2013 work The Yellow Towel, exploring similar themes of identity, but focused in to excavate each idea further down toward its root. Discarded objects litter the stage and serve as a playground for discovery and interaction. Michel’s childlike wonder and curiosity make these mundane objects–a coffee pot, a fabric bag, a spatula– seem new as she explores all the ways they can be used. “I’m quite addicted to evolving and to learning,” Michel said in 2017 interview. “And I think the best way to do that is by getting into trouble.” The trouble she gets into here is the bold definition and redefinition of herself by means of exploring her surroundings. He...