There is a famous saying that goes, “you are not where you are born, but where you graze”, and this certainly rings true for Daniel Morales, a 33-year-old individual who performs as Drag Inkill. Although born in Gran Canaria, he has been residing in Tenerife for the past 10 years. Following the preselection process, this aspiring contestant for the highly sought-after crown of the neighbouring island’s Carnival will have the opportunity to showcase his talent on the 16th at the Drag Gala in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, facilitated by the sponsorship of La Bowie, Mandrágora, Ron Guajiro, Encaro Factory, and Plata o Plomo. Today, Daniel Morales shares with DIARIO DE AVISOS the story of his beginnings and his journey.
-Your entire life has been dedicated to dance; how did you first venture into this discipline?
“I began dancing urban styles at the age of 12 and at 16, I became involved with a youth association in Gran Canaria, where I initiated the organization of the first urban dance championship in the Canary Islands. That was the pivotal moment when I delved into professional dance, teaching classes. By the age of 23, I relocated to Tenerife, transitioning from urban dance to contemporary dance. Today, I run my own company and have worked as a performer for companies in Germany, Barcelona, and the Canary Islands. Dance has always been my life.”
-What led you to pursue drag?
“It was a nudge from my partner. I had always fantasised about doing drag, albeit quietly. I took my first steps back then, but it remained a mere thought until I arrived in Tenerife. It was then a case of ‘why not now?’ It was a matter of doing it now or always regretting not having done so. Furthermore, the passion for dance had dwindled, and I am someone who craves movement and change.”
-How long have you been involved in drag?
“It will be a year in March since I acquired my first pair of platforms and embarked on this journey. So, you could say I am a novice; I am just getting started.”
-What is the story behind your stage name?
“I came across it and it resonated with me. ‘Bicheé’ means ‘garden’ in Quechua. I found it to be beautiful and versatile, able to embody both masculine and feminine qualities. Additionally, its association with nature aligns with the conceptual and contemporary essence that will always be present in Dani.”
-Would you consider yourself a drag from the Canary Islands or from Tenerife?
“I am a Tenerife drag, not Gran Canaria, despite being born there. My life is here, and I identify as a Tenerife resident, although my roots are from Gran Canaria. I miss many people and things in Gran Canaria, but I am a Tenerife drag through and through.”
-What are your thoughts on the Santa Cruz Carnival hosting its own drag gala?
“It was long overdue, as we have always been a presence during Carnival. The celebration is replete with individuals dressing in attire opposite to their gender, so why has there not been a dedicated show that prioritises and celebrates this? Everyone involved in drag, performing gigs for minimal recompense, deserves to grace a grand stage with thousands of spectators, showcasing their talent.”
-What can audiences anticipate from Drag Inkill?
“Expect a performance layered with depth, featuring political and social advocacy interwoven throughout the show. The character undergoes a transformation, immersing into the carnival and revelry, all the while delivering the message that tolerance, diversity, and freedom are paramount. There is a pronounced political underpinning to it all.”