Performance - Closed Class
MONDAYS 7:30 - 9:30pm
8 weeks | Crazily Progressive Class | Couples ONLY
PLEASE NOTE: This class starts Monday April 20th
Group performance class addresses several aspects of tango that one normally pays minimal attention to as they are usually not the primary focus.
First and foremost there is a group as oppose to just your partner and you. All the couples within the group are not necessarily performing exactly the same sequences at the same time to the same front. In fact having many couples allow for additional visual and esthetical elements like creating lines, shapes and accenting musical changes by shifting the couples within the space. So what you get to exercise is navigation and spatial awareness.
Part of the difficulty is that everyone in the group has to agree to hear the same accents that choreographer hears and concede to modification of the movement that allow couples to look as though they are moving in unison even though in reality they are not. That requires you to focus on musicality, rhythm, phrasing and accents.
Next challenge is memorizing the choreography. Since most of the time we learn to improvise as music reveals itself and we work on connection that allows us to convert any mistake into new opening or new possibility – memorizing and repeating the same steps and sequences over and over again on exactly the same musical accents – still leading and following – is certainly a different experience.
Usually learning choreography reveals common ‘cheats’ or ‘shortcuts’ that we are using for our own comfort. Those ‘preferred solutions’ usually got disassembled as one needs to perform what choreographer designed not what one would usually do. The speed, the size of the steps, the torsions, the directions, the amount of pivot, the embrace – all that got challenged.
And then there are tricks. Although not absolutely necessary they are a nice and interesting addition to space and add some flair to usual movements. Although usually the tricks look more then what they really are – they do require knowledge and technique. One needs to know how to lift or how to be lifted. Although not a must – that very technique will help you be lighter and more connected during improvised tangos.
Presence is the next component. You can categorize it into two different ones: presence and intension towards your partner - that one shall be there all the time – the tango does not exist without it, that presence is the one we love tango for. The sensation that we are one and only for our partner for the time of the song. And the second one – present as in ‘visible’ for everyone else, for the audience. So the spectators feel moved, involved, touched. That second ‘presence’ we usually not care so much about. We want to ‘disappear’ into tango, into the embrace into the music. For the performance sake we will need both. And that comes with a little bit of acting. A little bit of exaggerating our feminine side or our masculine side or both – depending on the moment.
Performance stress cannot be treated lightly. Everyone experiences it at one level or another. We just need to be able to still get the best out of what we know we know.
Like everything in life the show starts long before the lights go on. In our case we will be taking care of graceful entry and exit, so we do not loose our visibility right after the music stops. It has to last all the way to your table.
Will we perform what
YES! The first performance on Tuesday June 9th during Practica Chiquita.
Depending on everyone’s availability we will perform during June Milonga – June 21 and during first Tango in the Park – July 11th.
By registering you confirm that you understand that this is a couples only class, that you are registering for 8 weeks, that you need to have a partner who also need to register. There is no refunds and no rollovers.
If you choose payment plan - your card will be charged automaticlaly until full payment is reached.