Tango_Inside [1]:

Dancing in the Miniature





When you are dancing Argentine tango it is really difficult to retrieve the dance in the drawings and paintings as you for instance appear when you Google the words ‘argentine tango painting’. They typically present it like this:

Argentine Tango Dancers

As a dancer you experience the Argentine tango as intimacy, immersion and contact – feelings and experiences that are difficult to find in these very stereotyped images, in which the experience is depicted from the outside. ‘We’ are looking at a couple, who take a characteristic posture in rather exaggerated positions.

In this series of project to come in the category – Tango_Inside – I try to investigate the Argentine tango as a dance characterized by the movements the dancers experience as seen from the inside, as participants, and not from the outside as an observer. This concept leaves many interesting questions:
How is it possible to give visual form to something that is inner feelings and bodily experiences? Is it possible to produce bodily movements as traces of locomotion outside the traditional naturalistic representation? Can this new visuality give a bigger and deeper experience of the tango as dance and as communication and dialogue between the two dancers: the leader and the follower.

An inspiration for depicting movements in Argentine tango dance can be seen with the two dancers: Alejandro Aquino and Amparo Ferrari.