Michelle Horacek

Michelle Horacek was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her family is from Prague, Czech Republic. After completing a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of King’s College, Halifax, she trained as a classical actress at The National Theatre School of Canada in Montréal, and DAMU National Theatre School in Prague. Between 1994-2004 Michelle worked extensively in devised theatre in Halifax, Toronto, Prague and New York. She engaged in various collaborations with dancers, theatre artists, video artists and sound artists to create multi dimensional works combining classical texts from the theatre canon with poetry, sound, dance, video, and clown. The methodology behind these works was influenced by traditional Japanese dance and experimental theatre techniques derived from Odin Teatret, Jerzy Grotowski, and Lecoq. Highlights from Michelle’s theatre career include works with Meredith Monk in New York and Noh Theatre training in Japan. From 1992-1999 Michelle was engaged in making and performing a repertoire of devised theatre works with Milkman Theatre Group. In 2000 Michelle began to work with digital video. Her video work is archived with V-Tape in Toronto.

In 2006 Michelle completed her MA in Visual Performance and Time-based Art Practices at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England. In her current practice she investigates durational performance and site-specific performance as ways for focusing attention on the body in its relation to time and place. Michelle is interested in ritual, the cycles / tides of nature, and the relationship of body to landscape / site / environment. She is particularly interested in how duration and practice together may uncover mythologies of the deep body. Her research is informed by Jungian principles, and by aspects of shamanism.

Michelle is based in London, England.


Video Documentation Excerpts of Performances 2005 - 2010

2010, 21:42 minutes, colour, No language

still/desire (performance documentation)

2005, 05:36 minutes, colour


2004, 07:00 minutes, colour, English


2004, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

Jest In Time: A Documentary

2004, 22:00 minutes, colour, English

2002, 22:00 minutes, Colour, English/Czech


2002, 15:00 minutes, Colour