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Award-winning show exploring black stereotypes comes to UK

EXPERIMENTAL: Dana Michel is an award-winning choreographer

AN AWARD-winning Canadian dancer and choreographer will be performing her new piece, Yellow Towel in Birmingham this week.

As a child, Dana Michel would drape a yellow towel on her head so she would resemble the blonde girls at her school.

As an adult, she revisits the imaginary world of her other self in a ritual performance without cover-ups or censorship. With a blend of gravity and buffoonery she digs into the stereotypes of black culture, turning them upside down to see what is revealed.


AVANT GARDE: As a child, Dana Michel would drape a yellow towel on her head so she would resemble the blonde girls at her school

Michel, 37, told The Voice: "For the large part, [I explore] stereotypes that I feel the furthest from in terms of my life experiences.

For instance, I was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada and so the southern American states and the associated cultural references and stereotypes are only things that I am familiar with because of books, music [and] movies."

The avant garde 75 minute performance, which Michel describes as "excorcisms in technicolour", will be held at the DanceXChange, in Birmingham, as part of Fierce Festival on Friday (Oct 10).

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