THE TONGUE OF THE FLAME presented by ID Studio
ID Studio will present four evenings of The Tongue of the Flame performance May 24-27, 2021 at 8 p.m. at 311 W 140th Street, Bronx, NY. Tickets are a suggested donation of $ 50 to attend in person or via live broadcast. Donations are accepted here. For more information, visit https://thetongueoftheflame.com/.
The Tongue of the Flame is a raw and dynamic dance-theater work in progress created and performed by internationally renowned dance artists and choreographers Blakeley White-McGuire and Daniel Fetecua Soto. Working in the genres of contact improvisation and contemporary modern dance forms, they explore control, submission and custody as a physical practice. Experimenting with liminality in the realms of love, sexuality and compassion, the artists question the human potential for transformation within the labyrinth of individual choice. Upcoming performances will showcase this work in progress as it evolves into the life cycle of an original dance-theater piece featuring the commissioning of a new musical composition by Pablo Mayor and a sculpture by visual artist Olivia Kim.
“White-McGuire and Fetecua have a wealth of dance experience to draw from. She’s a former director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and he was a member of the Limón Dance Company. They met over ten years ago. years ago when the two troupes were presented on the same stage in Italy and then reconnected by dancing with Movement Migration under the artistic direction of Kim Jones, White-McGuire describes their connection as “something beautiful in the organic nature of our work.” We have the will to take control, a will to submit to control, a will to listen and to experiment, and to say yes in the space of care together. “- The dance enthusiast
Daniel Fetecua Soto is a New York-based dancer, choreographer, educator and producer. Daniel was a member soloist of the Limon Dance Company for ten years (2006-2016) in the lead roles of Jose Limon’s masterpieces and appeared as a guest artist in Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring and Tannhäuser.
Mr. Fetecua is a master teacher of the Limon technique and reconstructor of the Limon repertoire, a faculty member of the Limón Institute and a founding member of the Limon4Kids program. Daniel Fetecua is the founder and artistic director of two dance companies: Pajarillo Pinta’o, a dance company that preserves and promotes traditional Colombian dances through dance performances, workshops and classes and D-Moves, a project of contemporary dance that combines Colombian traditions, Modern dance and German Tanz-Theater. Daniel Fetecua is a longtime collaborator of Colombian composer and musician Pablo Mayor. Together, they created “Amalgama and El Barrio Project” and the Cumbia For Kids / Cumbia For All educational residence. Since 2008, he has worked with Indigenous choreographer Rosalie Jones / Day Star for his work Wolf: A Transformation, for which Daniel holds the rights to the piece for performance, preservation and promotion. Daniel is a member of Movement Migration, an international collective of veteran dance artists led by Kim Jones. He is Producer and Artistic Director of LATITUDES DANCE FESTIVAL, a New York-based platform to promote and present Latin American and Indigenous companies and choreographers from around the world.
Daniel collaborates as a choreographer and teacher with REvolutionLatina and Salgado Productions, both directed by Luis Salgado since 2011. With the La Espiral Foundation in Colombia, Daniel has created a training project in the Limón technique and the Limón repertoire through workshops since 2009.
Daniel Fetecua is currently resident choreographer and board member of ID Studio Theater, a non-profit organization run by Colombian actor German Jaramillo. He is also a resident choreographer at the Teatro SEA directed by Manuel Moran for which he choreographed Sueño, a Caribbean interpretation of Shakespeare’s dream and La Gloria: a Latin cabaret. For La Gloria, Fetecua won a HOLA award for best choreography. Daniel is an assistant professor of dance at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and at the Universidad del Atlántico de Barranquilla-Colombia.
Blakeley White-McGuire is a New York-based dance artist, writer and educator. Critically acclaimed as Principal Dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001-2016, 2017), she embodied the most iconic roles in 20th century modern dance including Appalachian Spring, Chronicle, Deep Song, Errand Into The Maze, Frontier, Lamentation and Rite Of Spring. As a leading practitioner of the Graham Technique, she has contributed her embodied research to three historical re-imaginations by eminent Graham alumni: Ardent Song with Professor Susan Mclain, Imperial Gesture with Associate Professor Kim Jones and Notes on a trip with Professor Peter Sparling. Ms. White-McGuire has performed on international stages such as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera House, Peking Opera, Chatelet Theater, Paris, Sadler’s Wells, London, Hollywood Bowl, Vatican City and the ‘Herodion in Athens, Greece.
During her tenure with the Martha Graham Dance Company, she was consistently ranked among Dance Magazine’s “Best Performances” and was honored as the featured dancer in Google’s “Doodle” in honor of Martha Graham. White-McGuire has also received two prestigious international awards, the Premio Positano Leonide Massine Prize for Contemporary Dance Performance and the Italian Career Achievement Award.
Concurrently and throughout her career, Ms. White-McGuire has created and performed original works by contemporary 21st century artists including Jacqulyn Buglisi, Martha Clarke, Sean Curran, Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, Larry Kegwin, Michael Klien and Steve Volk, Lar Lubovitch, Richard Move, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Pascal Rioult, Luca Veggetti, Robert Wilson, Anne Bogart SITI / Company. As a dancer, her original works have been presented by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Downtown Dance Festival, Danza en Arte Pietrasanta, New Ballet Ensemble, Jacob’s Pillow’s INSIDE / OUT Festival, Baton Rouge Ballet Theater, Roxbury Arts Group and the American Dance Festival.
Thanks to a commission from the Martha Graham Dance Company, she created an original dance for Graham II in collaboration with composer Patrick Leonard which premiered at the Joyce Theater in New York. The publication of his first dance on film, These Worlds In Us, earned him an invitation to be Artist in Residence by the Dance Films Association. She has also been Artist in Residence at the Key West Modern Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival and with Movement Migration. A much sought-after teacher, Blakeley has conducted masterclasses and residencies around the world including at Jacob’s Pillow, the American Dance Festival and Graham UK, and his writings expressing the experience of the 21st century dancer have been published by The Dance Enthusiast, Dance Films Association, Dance Magazine and Performance Research Journal, United Kingdom
Ms. White-McGuire is currently Bloomsbury Publishing’s contract author for her upcoming book on Linear, Artistic, and Technical Depths in the Martha Graham Canon. She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Vermont and has served on the faculties of the renowned High School for the Performing Arts in New York, the Martha Graham Center, the New School and Purchase College, USA . She is currently an adjunct professor of contemporary dance at Hunter College as well as the faculties of Ailey School, Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, and Lincoln Center’s Bootcamp Audition. She designs programs for the New York City Department of Education and is an official stage manager who stages Martha Graham’s repertoire internationally for the Martha Graham Center.