That's what Karl Regensburger, cofounder of the Austrian festival ImPulsTanz, did last summer. After attending a stunning performance by Montréal artist Dana Michel, he created an award on the spot for her solo show Yellow Towel.
This choreographer/dancer has been enjoying a splendid career over the last 10 years, and Yellow Towel has been winning acclaim everywhere she performs, notably at the Festival TransAmériques, in Montréal, and at the American Realness Festival, in New York.
For the record, this creation is a nod to a game Dana Michel played as a child, when she would wrap her hair in a yellow towel to emulate the blonde girls at her school. She drew on memories of this childhood past to develop a performance that transports the audience.
Dana Michel will keep shining on the international scene. She has already received a confirmation that she will return to the Vienna festival in August 2015 as choreographer in residence.
For many years, the talent of Montréal dancers has been celebrated internationally. This recognition confirms it anew.