Moya Michael is a dancer, performing artist and choreographer born and raised in Johannesburg (SA). Moya currently resides in Brussels (BE) which is her base for creating her own work. She has danced with the likes of Akram Khan, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Rosas), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet (Eastman), Faustin Linyekula and David Hernandez.
Moya is interested in ‘performing the self’ and developing projects with other artists and artistic fields and has an ongoing commitment to process, discourse and becoming. About working with Linyekula she says: “It inspired me working so closely with an artist asking similar questions about context, and what one might refer to as “internal systems.” We examined notions of visibility and blackness in and out of Europe, and considered whether or not “coloredness” in artistic expression is itself inherently political.” Delving into those accumulating questions around internal systems, she responds not just as a dancer, but as a choreographer and perhaps more significantly, as an interdisciplinary artist.
Moya was nominated for a best dancer award at the ITS Festival in The Netherlands and was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for dance at the National Arts festival in Grahamstown (SA).
Moya has worked on commissions in India, China, Germany, South Africa and Austria. Her works include ‘Darling’, a collaboration with Igor Shyshko which they still perform, and ‘A_Part’ created for three talented dancers from the SEAD’s Bodhi project in Salzburg (AUT).
With Coloured Swans, Moya Michael creates a series of solo’s in which she questions how our various imposed identities influence our bodies and how we move, speak, sing. Coloured Swan 1: Khoiswan and Coloured Swan 2: Eldorado, both premiered at KVS in November 2018. Moya is currently working on Coloured Swan 3: Harriet’s ReMix, which will premiere at KVS (BE) in May 2020.