Les Collisions Performatives - Paige Culley + Mich Cota - CCOV
Performance Collisions – Paige Culley + Mich Cota - CCOV
Paige Culley – Dance Artist + Mich Cota – Writer, Composer
Paige Culley is a native of Rossland, British Columbia.
She studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she received a scholarship for young contemporary dance artists from the Hnatyshyn Foundation.
After obtaining her diploma in 2010, she worked for the company Dancemakers, performing works by Antonija Livingstone, Martin Bélanger and Ame Henderson.
From 2011 to 2016, Culley worked closely with COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD, performing the existing repertoire and developing original roles.
Paige Culley is also the winner of the 2012 danceWEB scholarship at the Festival ImPulsTanz in Vienna.
She was mentored by Robin Poitras and Benoît Lachambre.
Ms. Culley appeared in the cast of More than Naked by Doris Uhlich and the Montréal version of Nature Redux by Marten Spangberg, and she continues to perform works by Daina Ashbee, Carré des Lombes and Lucy May.
Mich began playing music by ear at age three on the piano.
Music became a place they could visit to meditate and process complex steps in life.
Mich was raised in the countryside in southern Ontario.
They left home at an early age, dropped out of high school and at age sixteen made their first record.
The music was ignorant, loud and underdeveloped, yet it was the album sales in his small town that helped Mich able to survive independently until returning to finish school.
At age nineteen they moved to Montreal where they continued to write and learn music.
Mich Cota is an Algonquin, two spirit woman who lives and practices in Montreal.
“The importance of making this music was finding enough reasons to make the decision to begin identifying publicly as a woman,” Cota tells us. “I have experienced strong support in Montreal and have felt further alienation from the ones I believed loved me. The album dips in and out of complex emotions and thoughts, but the entity that encompasses this work is confident and proud. She is a light I am becoming. She is ancient, Algonquin, she is stronger than the ones who believe they can limit her.”