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Mission

Mich-Mash creates devised dance-theater works under the direction of Micheline Heal. The company strives to examine the human experience through the lens of dance, resulting in works whose flavors range from theatrical to experimental. To bring these artistic visions to life, the company works collectively to generate choreography, collaborates regularly with artists in other mediums, and integrates projected multimedia into the final presentation. The end result is technologically-augmented dance theater.

History

In the short time since its inception in 2011, Mich-Mash Productions has produced two evening length dance concerts in addition to performances at venues in the DC Metro Area. Following its inaugural performances at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, produced by the Taffety Punk Theatre Company, the company received an Artist Grant furnished by Ford Motors from the Pink Line Project for a multimedia installation at Arena Stage for the DC WEEK Closing Party, the culminating event for a city-wide technology conference. The installation, titled “Spectroscopy”, was selected by Art Soiree to be featured in Winter Wonderland, an event honoring women in the arts. Shortly afterwards Mich-Mash took the stage at the Jack Guidone Theater with their evening length concert “YC2″, featuring choreography by Artistic Director Micheline Heal, Matina Phillips, and Elizabeth Odell. Their following concert, “Open Rehearsal”, at Studio 1469 featured choreography by Margaret Allen, Kathy Gordon, Micheline Heal, Elizabeth Odell, Ryan Tumulty, & Katie Vaught.  In 2012 the company was presented at Stages of Healing, a performance series at the Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center, in a season that includes the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

Mich-Mash relocated to Brooklyn, NY in September 2012. In 2013 the company performed at the NYC Dance Arts Festival, Suite Summer Festival, Dumbo Dance Festival, and had a self-produced performance run at the Center for Performance Research. In 2014 the company performed at the CoolNY Festival, Amalgamate Artist Series, Under Exposed at Dixon Place, and co-produced the Scatterdance Festival with Nora Sharp/Kid Sister and Greer Dworman, as well as Mix Tape: The Z-Sides with Six Degrees Dance Company.

Structure

Mich-Mash is a pick-up company, functioning on a project-by-project basis and developing work over an extended period of time. If you are interested in contributing to the Dancer’s Fund please click here. If you are interested in auditioning for the company, please email your headshot and resume to micheline@nullmich-mash.com.

About Micheline Heal

Micheline Heal HeadshotMicheline Heal is a contemporary dance choreographer & multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She creates devised dance works with a strong theatrical narrative for both live performance and film, incorporating a wide array of elements and influences which may include Chinese dance, acrobatics, intensely physical partnering, and projected multimedia. Her rehearsal process is extremely collaborative and she works regularly with artists in other mediums to bring her artistic visions to life. Having trained with a traditional Chinese dance troupe for ten years, her personal movement vocabulary seamlessly blends the contemporary and the traditional. In 2013 she was selected to be a Featured Artist in Fractured Atlas’s Artful.ly campaign. She received a 2011 Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and has been granted two residencies at the Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland (in 2010 she was selected alongside Kyle Abraham). For more information and additional work samples, please visit www.michelineheal.com.

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