Tango, body, energy: the Earth, the movement, and otherness
‘Tango, body, energy’ is a series of workshops which focus on the relationship between fundamental technical aspects of tango such as individual posture, partners communication through breathing, kinetic energy usage, individual and couple spirals, and empathy to listen, to adapt, and to find what we need in the embrace, as well as fusion with the music unfolding improvisation in the space. This methodology is the result of more than ten years of tango practice and it combines different kinds of knowledge brought from different contemporary somatic techniques, especially anatomic, dynamic and energetic contact improvisation methodologies applied to tango movement. With these workshops, you will get a deeper experience of tango, more connected, more intimate, more intense, playful, free, and balanced with yourself, your partner, and the ronda.
Your inner tango
Your inner tango is an introductory workshop to my tango methodology, based on the natural movement of the body. Tango is the natural partnered movement of two bodies walking together as one. Connection with our own body, the music, the Earth, the sky and the other lead us to embody the dual body of tango following the natural paths of our anatomy through the skin, muscle and bone, head, spine and pelvis, and plastic dissociation, mechanic engagement and dynamic momentum, centrifugal and centripetal forces, and core and solar plexus energies.
Unrolling partner dance
The assumption of roles in popular partner dance is prejudice to be overcome. Today, we know that there’s no need to use the fixed roles of following and leading to dance any partnered dance. This assumption comes from a social construction about gender roles and it is not based on any technical impossibility of dancing differently. What do we have instead? We need to deepen in the practice of active listening or connection, where we find the essence of partnered dance itself. This skill can be developed through simple exercises brung from contact improvisation, where roles have never existed and can be applied to any form of popular partnered dances.
No Rol Tango: Roles dilution
No role tango is an underdeveloped queer tango technique where the roles of movement no more exist. Since the beginning of my tango practice, I’ve been pursuing the dilution of roles as part of my political queer purposes in the practice of tango. Roles dilution also means melting the dancing couple to follow the true flow of the music. In this workshop, we research frontal and curved momentum in the context of tango embrace, and in the psychological states of mind, we need to practice to train ourselves to dance out of dancing roles, which also mean reprograming ourselves beyond gendered stereotypes about movement. Moreover, the information given by the music contributes to a complex approach for intermediate and advanced tango dancers, whose chances to dance in unrolled trio with the music increase. We look for an unrolled movement that is still based in bodies fusion, shared axis and milonguero style.
THE EVIL DANCE (DANZA MALIGNA), THE IMPROVISATIONAL SPACE IN BETWEEN TANGO AND CONTACT IMPRO
Based on the lyrics of ‘Danza Maligna’, a renowed tango played by Enrique Moreno orchestra, ‘The evil dance’ brings tango poetics to technical aspects of a possible form of contactango, as well as it opens up a space of improvisation where significative elements shared by tango and contact improvisation -such as walking, projection, tensegrity, pauses- and mental states favored by both dances -like the emergence of emotions, the sensuality and sexuality found in the relationship with the other, or the darkness and brightness of the encounter- emerge, unfold, and explode.
These workshops are intented for groups with specific necessities in different contexts and are specially designed to work with public institutions such as schools, universities, social centers, and other institutions that encourage gender equality and diversity.
Women empowerment through dance
Dance and movement is a powerful tool for the empowerment of women. Throughout this workshop, we will use movement and dance to dive into feminist concepts as the sex-gender system, gender roles, and stereotypes awareness and deconstruction, gender violence and internalized violence. It enhances sorority, assertiveness, and autonomy. Learning through the body allows a deeper and longer-term learning integration. When we learn that the way we embody gender roles and stereotypes is part of body history, we can put this process into question, re-educating ourselves in new directions, providing ourselves with a direct and embodied experience of transformation and freedom.
Gender in Movement
‘Gender in movement’ workshops implement more than fifteen years of experience in gender theory, the feminist and queer political movements, and partnered improvised dances like tango and contact improvisation. Each of them brings different insights to gender identity, roles and stereotypes, gender power relations, and a possible feminist and equal approach to them. They allow us to make visible gendered behavior, and to deconstruct and transform it. ‘Gender in movement’ works with gender equality and gender diversity at the same time, to understand how inequality between men and women and the neglecting of gender and sexual diversity are jointly constitutive of a cis-hetero-patriarchal education and education in violence we need to counteract.
We make use of participatory methodologies where everybody acquires a direct embodied experience of the topics discussed, rather than being a passive listener or an occasional speaker. Using movement and dance, we enhance long-term integration, and we train how to be empathetic with others, preventing violent and impulsive behaviors.
Diversity in movement
This workshop focus on one of the itineraries jointly approached in ‘Gender in movement’, sexual and gender diversities through movement, dance, and group dynamics. It unfolds problematics such as marginalization of queer people, as well as how it interacts with intersectional issues concerning race and culture diversities in complex societies, always from a joyful and respectful movement practice. We learn how to empathize with people different than us and to recognize, acknowledge, and prevent differences in power. The whole goal of the process is to put in the center the views of those who suffer from marginalization due to sexual and gender diversities -among others- and to legitimize their views on human interaction as guidelines to a more equal and respectful society.
Equality in movement
This workshop focus on one of the itineraries jointly approached in ‘Gender in movement’, gender equality through movement, dance, and group dynamics. It enhances sensitivity to gender equality, feminist awareness and equal and respectful relationships between men and women, also addressing the intersectional issues faced by gender equality such as income and race inequalities, through movement practices that make visible gender roles and stereotypes, and show how they are culturally built and non-natural. Assumptions about feminine and masculine attitudes and characteristics, from physical to psychological claims, are refuted in practice through simple movement exercises, and respectful behavior towards equal treatment is encouraged and put in practice.
Raising awareness of sexual health for teenagers
This workshop uses tools brung from tango, queer tango and contact improvisation to raise awareness about sexual autonomy and responsibility among youngsters, defining sexual health as physical and psychological well-being about our own sexuality, and trying to broaden the narrow perspectives of sex and sexuality that young people are often trained on, counteracting the influences of media and the porn industry. We will encourage the ability to set clear limits as well as to be able to perceive, recognize, and respect others’ limits, understanding the different power dynamics happening in our relationships and being able to overcome them, both from a vulnerable empowered position and from a privileged-aware and challenged position. The movement practice will help us to face these issues both from an individual and collective perspective, towards empathy, respect and group response-ability.
Gender in Movement for professionals in gender activism
This workshop is aimed for adults who want to train themselves in working with gender equality and diversity through movement, working with movement roles and how to break them, showing how we understand our bodies capacities condition how we interact with the world and the place we are supposed to fit in society. We will understand the process by which cis-hetero-normativity is learned through movement and self-imaging throughout our childhood and adolescence, and how we can go against this process as adults, also using movement strategies which help us to reshape this self-image. We will also work with autonomy, limits, and assertiveness in movement terms, strengthening our centers and distinguishing our individuality from others. All of these strategies can be applied by gender professionals who want to work with movement although they don’t necessarily have a dance and movement background.
Diverse Tango: tango and functional, mental, and health diversity
This workshop is aimed at people with different functional, mental and health diversities, which would be the leaders of the workshop itself. The idea is to teach tango to these groups, getting feedback from them on how to adapt and improve the methodology acknowledging how their diversities inform the specific necessities of dancing teaching for them. A second goal of the workshop is to gather all this information to be addressed in all the rest of my workshops, not only raising awareness about functional, mental, and health diversities, and making my workshops accessible to everyone, but also to enrich the political framework of my teaching and facilitating practice altogether.