Leading, Following, Musicality – and Connection

Some pretty deep Tango subjects.

So I watched this .. many, many times over – along with about 15 million other people ..

And I thought…

  • Such a sense of rhythm – amazing on all levels
  • It’s all about the music – obviously
  • There is absolutely no lead and follow – they are in harmony creating something wonderful
  • The energy circulates around them, sometimes more on one than the other but always ebbing and flowing backwards and forwards between them
  • They are so on top of everything
  • They can break all the rules because of course they know how to stay within them – they can remake the idea of an acoustic guitar and change our expectations
  • She does watch him – to reference him – but that’s all
  • They aren’t even touching each other

And here’s what really, really matters to me…

  • He isn’t taking her space.
  • She hasn’t got her head stuck on him.
  • They nail the end
  • It’s bloody exciting.

Yay – please can I work so hard day after day, hour after hour – with someone to be as creative, expressive, exciting and balanced as this in Tango?


Drawing Tango – with Jan Rae

In early March I am looking forward to working with Jan Rae –  a visiting Australian artist and tango dancer coming to Brighton to participate in the Dance /Draw Symposium at Fabrica.

Drawing performance is a stream of performance art in which artists create their artwork in front of a live audience while communicating with the viewers.

Mark making in drawing performance is often a result of powerful physical gesture and body movement that connects elements of line, movement, space and time. Drawing Performance is often multi-disciplinary, combining dance, video, photography and sound.

This is an example of the kind of work we will be creating together

A summary drawing performance site is here and Jan Rae’s youtube channel is here.

I really look forward to this new experience and perspective on Tango – and specifically to working with Jan.