TANGO AS A METHODOLOGY TO RESEARCH ABOUT IDENTITIES AND MOVEMENT, AND A POLITICAL STATEMENT
I have researched in tango roles and in overcoming them, creating a no-rol dancing technique, as well as I have deepen in both roles looking for the connection between practices and identities, always seeking desesencialization and freedom in both rolled and unrolled tango practice. In addittion, through tango and its history, I have researched about subaltern identities and decoloniality, and the subjetivation and desubjetivation processes of the incarnated/embodied relational body
Along with Caroline Betemps, I began the first queer tango activities in Spain in 2010, from an activist background and with the aim of creating a space for self-aware queer practices. Since then, I have created many workshops, events, regular classes, milongas, and two festivals, with growing communities in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. As part of this endeavor, two international festivals took place, first the Quilombo Queer in Barcelona 2016 (visit Quilombo Queer on Facebook, website no longer exists), and second the Chamuyo Queer in Valencia in 2019 (chamuyoqueer.com)
QUEER TANGO BOOK
The Queer Tango Book and Queer Tango Project is a worldwide initiative leaded by Birthe Havmöeller (Denmark), and co-edited by Ray Batchelor (England), and myself. It gathered practitioners and thinkers from all over the globe in a publication launched in 2014. It developed as a website that welcomes, celebrates and spreads all kinds of information related to the international queer tango community. Please visit queertangoproject.org
QUEER TANGO WORKSHOPS
Throughout the years, I have created many queer tango workshops for different audiences, social tango dancers, advanced queer tango dancers, and general public. I have develop three different research lines in my queer tango workshops:
- The dilution of gendered roles of dancing, such as in ‘Roles dilution’ and ‘No role tango’, a dancing technique where movement roles no more exist, and are replaced by active shared listening to momentum.
- Embodied identity through queer practices as ‘The embodiment of masculinity and femininity through tango posture and attitudes’, ‘Non-binary tango’, or ‘Queer Tango, Performative practices and destabilization of the sex-gender system’, which intend to bring to light sensations related to the embodiment of gender identity through tango.
- An intersectional feminist approach to tango history and technique, through workshops as ‘Flying milonguero: class and gender in the origins of tango’, or ‘Intersectional tango, black roots of tango and whitening processes in technique’.