Curated by Lisa D. Long, this ongoing collaboration between artists converges to highlight seven diverging aspects of tango. Rhythm, sexuality, power struggles, and entanglements will leave you asking…and my tango?
Created by chance and collaboration, “Tango By Chance” highlights tango’s recognizable rhythms, leading into each dancers’ personal take on this timeless art form. Alvin Rangel’s “Tango Vesre [Inverted Tango]” is a dance that spotlights a 100-year evolution of all-male tango dance in the Buenos Aires of 1910 and 2010. Although the work is framed within the Argentinean Tango aesthetics, it puts into motion issues of power negotiation, equality, marginalization, gender roles, sexual identity and male dancing bodies. Eric Rivera’s “Contratiempo” focuses on the personification of tango music by a traditional male/female couple. At times they play in opposition then, magically, they fit together in perfect harmony. In “Xs and Y’s,” Ricardo Melendez captures the dynamic interplay between masculine and feminine within one human psyche. “Skirting the Distance Between Want and Need,” makes visible a personal tango between desire and responsibility. “XS,” emotionally explores excessive isolation versus co-dependence while physically pushing the limits of speed, and intricacy. [photo by Ben Licera]
Friday + Saturday, August 26 + 27 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
Dancer, educator, and choreographer, Lisa D. Long is passionate about guiding the next generation of dancers towards their fullest potential through classes and choreography. For over a decade she danced for Dance Kaleidoscope, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Riedel Dance Theater and holds an MFA in choreography from CalArts. Lisa has taught at CalArts, Joel Hall Dancers Chicago, UCLA, and Butler University. Her choreography has been produced Off- Broadway, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Museum, Electric Lodge, Miles Memorial Playhouse, and for Rogue Machine. Her choreography for Chevrolet won fourth place in MOFILM’s International Vegas competition and Residual Unseen recently won third place at Front and Main Festival. Currently, Lisa is Assistant Professor at California State University Fullerton where she teaches modern, composition, and kinesiology for dancers. She is overwhelmed with joy to be joined by the following artists for this production of …Y Tu Tango? : Robert Ball, Ricardo Melendez, Alvin Rangel, Eric Rivera and dancers.
Lisa Long: Curator; Choreographer – “Tango by Chance” / “Skirting the Line Between Want and Need” / “XS”
Alvin Rangel: Choreographer – “Tango Vesre”
Eric Rivera: Choreographer – “Contratiempo”
Ricardo Melendez: Choreographer – “Xs &Ys”