I am generally more interested in posting my thoughts than posting interesting things (videos, articles, etc) that I have found, but I am going to post a video here as a kind of illustration and jumping off point:
I really like tango, and I really like contact improvisation. I also like the idea of finding a way to cross boundaries in dance, to fuse or draw inspiration from different genres. But there’s something about this video that seems off to me. The thing is, a lot of what I see here is a kind of moving back and forth between genres. A moment of tango, then a moment of contact improv, and so on. The feeling created by one is disrupted by the other.
Is there a way that we can do both tango and contact improvisation not just in the same dance but at the same time? I mean, tango itself is improvisational, so I would imagine that we could play with that, with the contact, and still keep the mood and the flow. I’m not sure how that would look, I’m not sure if it would end up working any differently than the video posted above (and I don’t mean to negate what these dancers are doing – it just isn’t my preference for dance fusion and playing across genres). I don’t know many tanguer@s who do contact improvisation or other dances that I want to play with, but it seems like that kind of experimentation would be a fun way to spend a practica or a dance jam.