Dana Michel
(with Amanda Acorn, Ellen Furey, and Simon Portigal)
Lift That Up

Fabien Maltais-Bayda
Progress Festival, curated by Dancemakers, Toronto, February 3 — 6, 2016
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Dana Michel Lift That Up, 2016.
Photo : courtesy of the artist
Progress Festival, curated by Dancemakers, Toronto, February 3 — 6, 2016

The title of Dana Michel’s most recent dance piece seems, at first, relatively straightforward. Lift That Up. It’s a simple three-word phrase, a concise directive. Quickly, however, questions start to bubble up around the edges of this erstwhile uncomplicated command. The referent is missing, and the “That” floats untethered. What is meant to be lifted? And by whom? And how far? And then what? Do we lift “That,” and continue lifting it interminably?

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