BLAKELEY WHITE-MCGUIRE

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MEET BLAKELEY WHITE-MCGUIRE

Blakeley is a critically acclaimed, award winning dance performer, maker and teacher. She embodies the iconic lead roles of modern dance, most notably as Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2002 - 2016, 2017). Through this work as well as contemporary interdisciplinary collaborations, she has performed on the world’s greatest stages including Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, Beijing Opera, Theatre du Chatelet, Sadler’s Wells, Hollywood Bowl, Teatro Greco di Siracusa and the Herodion. Blakeley has created original works for The Museum of Arts and Design, Downtown Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow’s INSIDE/ OUT, The Art Mill, the Key West Modern Dance Festival and Rivertown Artists Workshop. Her writings expressing the 21st-century dancer experience have been published by The Dance Enthusiast, Dance Films Association, The Huffington Post, Dance Magazine and Performance Research Journal, U.K..

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WHAT SHE’S UP TO

This August BWM began research into a piece on dance ecology and cultivation which was shown at Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates festival in New York City. The dance was performed to music by Arvo Part and poetry by Wendell Berry. Here is a blurb about my current process: 

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I am improvising now. Mostly solo work in intentional landscapes but at times, with other movers as well. Improvisation sounds simple. “Just make it up!”, right? But the action of improvisation that I aspire to, comprises less of making it up and more of listening to the movement urges coming from my charged, expressive body. After forty years of intentional cultivation through repertory, my physical form, musicality, and spatial sense are all poised to conduct improvisation, to mine the moment and discover action through relational choices that my body-mind, mind-body is making.- BWM

This research/process will continue in another work for The Outlet Project on October 7, 2018 at The Grounds for Sculpture where I will direct a contact improvisation-based moving sculpture in response the “Damascus Gate” by Visual Artist, Walter Dusenbery.

 Photos by Steven Speliotis.

Photos by Steven Speliotis.

I am continuing my teaching practice with the Modern Dance faculties of Purchase and Hunter Colleges in New York and also the American Dance Festival based in Durham, NC. Additionally, this fall I will travel to Dresden, Germany to direct stagings of Martha Graham’s masterpiece Errand Into the Maze to be performed by the Semperopper Ballett and assist dance artist Terese Capucili in restaging of Graham’s Rite of Spring for the Juilliard conservatory in New York City.