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 uncensorship, 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.
Produced by Dana Michel
Executive Producer: Par B.L.eux
Created and performed by Dana Michel
Artistic Activators: Ellen Furey, Peter James, Heidi Louis, Mathieu Léger, Roscoe Michel, Karlyn Percil, Yoan Sorin, Alanna Stuart
Sound Consultant: David Drury
Lighting Design: Karine Gauthier
Technical Directors: Caroline Nadeau + Karine Gauthier
Distribution: Key Performance
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques (Montreal, Canada); Arsenic (Lausanne, Switzerland); Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Trondheim, Norway); Black Box Teater (Oslo, Norway); Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France); Centre National des Arts (Ottawa, Canada); Julidans (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium); Festival Montpellier Danse 2019 (France); Moving in November (Helsinki, Finland)
With the support of Visiting Dance Artist Program, a joint initiative of National Arts Centre + Canada Council for the Arts
Creative residencies: Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans (France); Centre National des Arts (Ottawa, Canada); CounterPulse (San Francisco, United States); Dancemakers (Toronto, Canada); Galerie du Dourven (Trédrez-Locquémeau, France); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium); PAF-Performing Arts Forum (Saint-Erme-Outre-et-Ramecourt, France); Par B.L.eux (Montreal, Canada); Usine C (Montreal, Canada); Reykjavik Dance Festival (Iceland); Tanzhaus Zürich (Switzerland)
Dana Michel is an associate artist at Par B.L.eux