Michel Yang is an American born, Brussels-based performance artist. Her work explores notions on identity and cultural hybridity. Her own creations have involved rewriting scars, brick-laying her body, fashioning heels out of candle holders, teaching French while speaking fake Chinese… Such works root from her practices on tracing resistance, framing identity, and embodying objects, spectres, and nothing. Michel’s primary medium is the body, however, video and photography have recently begun to enter her work as extensions of her body practice. Presently Yang is following an audio-visual post-graduate with Sound Image Culture.
She received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has followed post-graduate studies with a.pass and Sound Image Culture. As a performer she has worked with Lilia Mestre, Stefan Dreher, Pierre Droulers, Mia Lawrence, and Walter Verdin to name a few.
As a teacher Michel’s subjects are contemporary dance, improvisation, and forms of materialization. She is teacher and mentor at the dance department of the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. As well she is a member of the CORPoREAL research group. Other companies and schools where she has taught include Ultima Vez, Summer Studios, Charleroi Danses, D.A.N.C.E. Apprentices, Washington University… .