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Tongue Smell Color tells of relationship between white man, black woman

Tongue Smell Color is the synesthetic title of a dance-and-theater piece developed by Brenda Dixon Gottschild and Hellmut Gottschild, a husband-wife team who are scheduled to perform it at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.

The piece tells the story of the developing relationship between a white man from Berlin and an African American woman from New York, and examines what it means today to be white, black, male, female, older and in love. Friday's show at the black-box theater in Roble Hall is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, Dixon Gottschild is scheduled to give a lecture called "Stripping the Emperor: Africanisms in American Performance" at 6 p.m. at the Harmony House. She also is scheduled to sign books at noon Friday in the Bookstore.

The artists' two-day residency is part of INSIDE MOVES, a series of dance performances, classes and lectures presented by the university's Committee on Black Performing Arts and funded by the Office of the Provost.

Tongue Smell Color, which is being performed on college campuses nationwide, draws on Dixon Gottschild's cultural research and background in performing avant-garde theater, and on Hellmut Gottschild's skills as a choreographer, dancer and mime.

For more information, call 725-6739.



By John Sanford

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