DAY IN THE LIFE OF DANCE: Blakeley White-McGuire & Daniel Fetecua Discuss "The Tongue of the Flame"
America has never been a touchy-feely country. We like to keep our distance, both physically and emotionally. This can be witnessed in how close we'll stand next to someone at a party, which is usually a foot or so away, to how we respond to the standard how-are-you greeting. The answer is fine, even when it's not.
COVID-19 has deprived us of our smallest moments of pedestrian intimacy — handshakes, pats on the back, sharing a bus seat — and we're poorer for it. As restrictions loosen, perhaps we can use our reentrance into communal situations to probe the role of touch and caretaking to end in a place that is less robotic and more humanistic.
One place to start that investigation lies in The Tongue of the Flame, a dance-theater work-in-progress co-choreographed and co-produced by Blakeley White-McGuire and Daniel Fetecua, which will be presented as part of the three-night Dance to Embrace at BronxArtSpace, produced by Daniel Fetecua Productions. White-McGuire says their goal is to interrogate . . .
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Blakeley White-McGuire and Daniel Fetecua in The Tongue of the Flame; photo Paula Lobo