Dance artist wins prestigious Venice Biennale award

Posted on: 06 Apr 2017

Former Cardiff Dance Festival artist, Dana Michel, who premiered her UK tour of Yellow Towel at Chapter in 2015 has won the prestigious Silver Lion for innovation in Dance award at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Yellow Towel, which digs into black culture stereotypes, turning them inside out to see what is revealed beneath performed to two sell out shows at Chapter in November 2015 and Canadian dancer Dana Michel will now take her work to one of the biggest arts festivals in the world.

Chapter, who first worked with Dana in 2014 on a co-commission of her production Mercurial George, is also curating the Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice pavilion at this year’s Biennale with work by Welsh artist James Richards.

Chief Executive Andy Eagle said:

‘Chapter has a rich history of presenting and producing the work of exciting young artists both from Wales and internationally and it’s great to see James and Dana showing their talents in art and dance respectively at such an important arts festival.’

Hannah Firth, Director of Visual Art, Chapter and curator of Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice 2017 commented:

‘James Richards is one of the most original and exciting artists of his generation and we are delighted to be working with him on this ambitious new commission in Venice.’

The Venice Biennale is an annual arts festival that focusses mainly on contemporary art but also includes events for dance, architecture cinema and theatre and takes place over 9 months between 18 February and 26 November 2017. James Richards’ exhibition runs from 13 May to 26 November and Yellow Towel will have its Italian premiere on 27 June.

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