Tuesday, October 30, 2007

La Huella de la Espuma (The Trace of Foam)

La bailarina Argentina Rhea Volij, hará su debut en los escenarios Estado Unidences, los dias Noviembre 1 y 3 a las 7 pm , en la muy íntima sala del WOW Café Theatre, con La Huella de la Espuma.

Reconocida como una de las mas grandes bailarinas de Butoh en su pais, Rhea Volij nos trae este maravilloso trabajo a la escena del arte experimental de la ciudad.

La Huella de la Espuma es una busqueda dentro del territorio de lo inaprensible, lo fragil, aquello que bordea la desaparición. La intrincada delicadeza de La Huella de la Espuma nos revela en Rhea Volij, una artista de gran integridad y técnica, con una presencia escenica impecable.

El diseño de vestuario esta hecho por Líbera Woscensenczuc y Daniela Murcia; el diseño de luces por Eduardo Safigueroa y musica de The Residents, Leandre y Chronos Quartet.

Rhea Volij estudio Butoh, principalmente, con Sumako Koseki en Francia, durante cinco años y fue miembro de su compañia; ademas tomó algunos seminarios con Carlota Ikeda, Leone Cats Baril, Tadashi Endo, Minako Seki, entre otros. Rhea ha estudiado diversas tecnicas del cuerpo como el Kung-Fu, Tai-chi-chuan, Técnica Alexander, Body Mind Centering, danza moderna, danza Africana (en Malí), y el sistema de energía conciente de Fedora Aberasturi. En la Argentina, Volij a creado seis solos: "Flor de arena", "Bolero Inmóvil", "Contrastes para una bailarina y dos músicos", "Arbol sobre agua", "La huella de la espuma" y " Resplandece, Sangre. (Lear y Cornelia) ". Volij tambien ha coreografiado trabajos para varios grupos en diversas ciudades de su pais.

Where: WOW Café Theatre, 59-61 E. 4th St, 4th Floor (between Bowery and 2nd Ave), F to 2nd Ave or 6 to Astor Place
When: Thursday, November 1 and Saturday, November 3, 7pm
Tickets: $8. For reservations, call (212) 777-4280 or go to www.smarttix.com
Web: www.wowcafe.org
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Nationally acclaimed Argentine butoh dancer and teacher Rhea Volij makes her US debut on WOW Café Theater’s intimate stage with La Huella de la Espuma (The Trace of Foam) November 1 and 3 at 7pm.


Widely recognized as one of Argentina’s most gifted butoh artists, Rhea Volij brings this stunning new work to the downtown experimental arts scene.

La Huella de la Espuma balances on the border between the seen and the invisible, searching through the realm of that which may just barely be apprehended. It creates a fragile reality that shimmers on the verge of disappearance. For all La Huella’s delicate intricacy, Rhea Volij is a fierce performer of unerring skill and precision.

With costumes by Líbera Woscensenczuc and Daniela Murcia, lighting design by Eduardo Safigueroa, and musical arrangement by Rhea Volij.
Rhea Volij studied butoh, principally, with Sumako Koseki in France for five years, during which she was a member of her company; additionally, she has studied with Carlota Ikeda, Leone Cats Baril, Tadashi Endo, Minako Seki, among others. She has studied various body techniques such as Kung-Fu, Tai-chi-chuan, Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Modern and African dance, and Fedora Aberasturi System. In Argentina, Volij has created six solos: "Flor de arena", "Bolero Inmóvil", "Contrastes para una bailarina y dos músicos", "Arbol sobre agua", "La huella de la espuma" y " Resplandece, Sangre. (Lear y Cornelia) ". Volij has also choreographed works for various groups in cities across Argentina.

Where: WOW Café Theatre, 59-61 E. 4th St, 4th Floor (between Bowery and 2nd Ave), F to 2nd Ave or 6 to Astor Place
When: Thursday, November 1 and Saturday, November 3, 7pm
Tickets: $8. For reservations, call (212) 777-4280 or go to www.smarttix.com
Web: www.wowcafe.org

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Home Advantage

There's nothing like dancing tango in your own hometown. You've got the edge. You've got the home court advantage. Milonga One of Tango Sutra and I've all but given up. Relocated down the hall to the computers of Trinity College. Don't get me wrong. It's a wonderful milonga full of swirling couples, a beautiful hall, one of the best dj's I've heard in a while. I think her name is Julia. She's Russian. That's actually why I had to step out. My most cherished Di Sarli tango was played and I couldn't find a partner. Not being able to dance to it was just killing me. So I stepped out of the ballroom. I danced two tandas earlier with a woman I knew from years ago. She and another friend used to come to NY alot when D.C. didn't have much of a scene. They were beautiful tandas. I could have danced with her all night but I had to let her go.

I'm in a bad mood. An extremely bad mood. I haven't had this bad a milonga experience since the dreaded beginner days as a follower back in 1996. It's also parralleling my second time in Bs As which was a total nightmare. Listen, there are a lot of great men dancing tonight. Serious competition. And I don't know anyone. And I'm not clear about how they are making the arrangements to dance. It's not through cabacceo. It's not verbal. Something's going on but I can't quite catch the drift. I think my hunting muscles are soft to be honest. I am spoiled by NY and my home court advantage. Also my mind is kind of twisted up right now and I am convinced that these women do not really want to dance with another woman. They want to dance with men. As convinced of this as I am, utterly convinced, so convinced that I put it in writing put it in blog - a woman approaches me - Zoe. She asks if I am studying here. She wants to know if I am writing my dissertation or some sort of studies and on my breaks I come in and dance. I think this is kind of funny because I am nothing more than a criminal - illegally using the computers here because I am pissed off in the milonga. I tell Zoe that I am visiting and I don't know anyone here. Well that's not true. I know several people here but I am in a funk and I have given up on getting dances. Zoe tells me that she has seen what a wonderful leader I am and she would be happy to dance with me when I return to the milonga. So there we have it - my theory shot to hell! A woman wants to dance with me. She lets me know. Perhaps I am too used to having the women approach me for dance in NY. This happens alot. I am lazy and stupidly shy tonight. I am also pissed off that they don't have TANGO SUTRA TSHIRTS this year. That was one of the main reasons I came to this festival. Other than that, I guess I can't really complain. The weekend has just begun. There's a crowded room around the corner and Zoe waiting for a dance. Now that I've blown off some steam, maybe my energy and my tango luck will change. I will end on this note - for me - NYC and Roma have been the best cities for me to dance in as a leader. So D.C. I challange you to prove me wrong!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Tango Sutra



























A Lyrical Weekend of dancing

Argentine Tango in Washington DC

October 26-28, 2007
Djs-
Evan Griffiths from Portland
Yulia Kriskovets from DC
Ramu Pyreddy from Ann Arbor

Teachers-
Celine Allard & Sridhar Hannenhalli from Philadephia
Rosa Corisco & Felipe Martinez from Madrid
Marika Landry & Robin Thomas from Montreal/NYC
And
Mariana Galassi from Buenos Aires

This sounds like an amazing tango weekend and TIGER WILL BE THERE!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Homo eroticism in Argentine Tango


For the month of October, Tiger will be taking over Paul Chernosky's Gay & Lesbian tango classes. In an attempt to keep true to Paul's vision of creating a safe haven for gays & lesbians, the classes will be advertised as such. In an attempt to also reconcile this with my own adamant objection to all forms of segregation, I would like to welcome all those interested in the homo erotic experience in Argentine Tango as well as those interested in gender play (ie: women learning the lead and men learning the follow). This is a great opportunity for good leaders to learn the follow and good followers to learn the lead. Everyone must feel comfortable exploring both roles and dancing with same sex partners. And of course, true beginners are welcome.

Argentine tango classes on Sundays in Sep/Oct

Beg class 5pm - 6pm
Adv Beg class 6pm - 7:30pm
7:30pm - 8pm open practica

889 B'way between 19th - 20th sts #4A
$20 per class. practica included.


nos vemos!

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