Foggy Windows Valentines Day Edition: A Night of Slow Dance and Sentiment
Foggy Windows is an unabashedly romantic traveling talk show and party that seeks to answer a simple question: “Why doesn’t anybody slow dance anymore?” With each staging, through conversation and performance, Foggy Windows invites its audience to draw closer together to investigate the adventure and absurdity of modern dating and intimacy, culminating in a night of slow dancing in a foggy ballroom.
This incarnation of Foggy Windows will land at BloomBars, Washington DC's award-winning arts and culture organization, on February 14th, Valentine's Day from 9:30pm to midnight. The evening will open with a live performance (artist TBA), and a lounge-chair discussion with a special guest. A DJ will spin the slow jams. The fog in Foggy in Windows represents both heat of the slow dance embrace, as well as the lack of transparency in much of our communications. An actual fog machine and dim lighting will set the mood.
Taking its inspiration from late-night, quiet storm R&B radio shows and anthology television programs such as The Twilight Zone, Foggy Windows both celebrates and questions various rituals and notions of traditional romance, in a moment where the reach for intimacy is often navigated through dating apps, shifting gender roles and an increasingly fearful and polarized social and political climate.
Foggy Windows takes these tropes and refashions them to essentially become a ‘night church’ for all things romantic, a communion which entices its audience members to brave their unsettled hearts and the ever-more strange and confounding trials of modern dating to find each other through slow dance and the little leaps of faith that lead to the true intimacy they so long for.
It also makes an audacious claim — that we can save the world one slow dance at a time — and takes it very seriously, all while lovingly skewering, deconstructing and remixing the hallowed hallmarks of courtship that are often based on a decaying patriarchal worldview and a time when communication and access to one another was far more limited.
Is modern dating terrible because nobody believes in romance anymore? Or is it because the crumbling pillars of traditional romance are giving way to new, more honest ways of relating, or are we somewhere in the messy middle? Or neither?
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