QueerTango Café brought back Tango Con*Fusións Debbie Goodwin and Pier Voulkos to teach another segment of Exchange of Lead and Follow last November 16, 2008. This second installation included a review of their previous concepts and lessons along with new ideas and patterns. Keeping the connection and listening to the intention of ones partner are key elements to the success of fluidly exchanging roles. Patterns included exchanging roles from the followers cross position. As usual with these two conducting a fun and thoughtful class, the hour flew and the class was over. One can only hope that they return soon to QueerTango Café with more to share not only from their own creative work in Tango Con*Fusión, but from their performance and interactions at the Queer Tango Festival in Buenos Aires held between December 1 to 8, 2008.
Thats right! Thanks to their efforts and fund raisers, and the SF Bay Area tango community, they have been able to fund this trip. Bon voyage, ladies! We will miss you, so dont stay away too long!
The Tango Con*Fusión Statement:
Tango Con*Fusión: Who We Are
"As women trained and versed in traditional Argentine Tango, we deeply respect traditional tango, cherish the experience of dancing with men, and love to lead. To the objection 'Women who lead are destroying the dance,' we say: We in no way diminish what exists and will always exist. Male leaders and female followers will forever pair and enjoy tango. But this dynamic disallows women a leadership role, and denies the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community a partnering resonant with identity. We counter this exclusion. We contend that in the 21st century, tango, like all living art forms -- like all living beings -- will evolve. We wish to be part and parcel of that evolution."
Tango Con*Fusión is honored to receive a second invitation to perform and host a San Francisco-Theme Práctica at the Festival. In addition, Christy Coté & Chelsea Eng have been invited to teach in the official Festival line-up.
Mariana Falcón, co-chair of the Festival, explains that the event has two sides. On the one hand, it addresses tango within the LGBT community; on the other, it addresses the still controversial idea of women partnering women in tango. Virtually non-existent in the mainstream tango scene in Buenos Aires, such partnering is, to a palpable degree, even taboo in the eyes of many gay porteños! By contrast, Europe and the US have been somewhat more hospitable hosts to women partnering women.
Falcón notes that foreigners regularly flock to Buenos Aires to study tango at the source. Within the same-sex tango community in Buenos Aires, she advocates a 'reverse-flow' -- that is, Argentines looking abroad -- especially to Europe and the States -- for insights on partnering less rigidly defined by gender. In this context, Tango Con*Fusión views the invitation as a potent opportunity to open minds and shape history.
How? -- With your help!
The Festival will cover Tango Con*Fusión's accommodations and per diem. The company requests support of their round-trip air travel (SFO to Buenos Aires Ezeiza) via monetary donations (preferred) and/or 100,000 mileage increments (toward Standard Award tickets on United, American or Continental Airlines). The company's acceptance presently hinges on donor support! (Tango Con*Fusión is part of a 501c3 non-profit and will provide official receipts for tax deductions.) Text © 2008 Tango Con*Fusión
QueerTango Café, hosted by Amy Little, Auriel, and Winter Held, is a San Francisco venue for same-sex and mixed gender Argentine tango for the LGBT and LGBT-friendly community. The QueerTango Café is usually held every second Sunday of the month. Further details are located in the 'Outings and Events' page at www.alittletango.com.