Sin Salida – New creation 2018
A collaboration between choreographer Esteban Moreno and Claudia Codega, artistic directors of tango company Union Tanguera (FRANCE/ARGENTINA) and Kate Weare, artistic director of contemporary dance company Kate Weare Company (USA), this project brings together artists from Argentinian tango and contemporary dance for a unique crossing of disciplines, cultures, and values.
Sin Salida examines through choreographic means the fundamental connection point of tango, the frame or “abrazo” (embrace); a structure designed to connect, or perhaps bind, human beings to each other. Tango as a form nimbly suggests the extent to which we must rely on others to perceive ourselves and our shifting desires, exploring individual freedom only through continuous connection between partners. In tango, a “solo” refers to a dancing couple taking a turn on the floor, never to a solo dancer. For those who do not dance tango, the name of an important basic step is “salida,” which means “exit”.
In stark contrast, modern and contemporary dance have always exalted the individual as both locus of meaning and generator of content, putting forward a long and rebellious (ie: feminist) tradition of the individual’s unique consciousness made visible through form. How might these two disciplines – each over a century old – speak to each other, wrestle with, embrace each other? With this project, we seek to merge our respective forms toward a common human predicament: one needs the other to perceive oneself.
The powerful idea of “relationship as mirror” is a fundamental tenet of our collaborative venture. After all, as Jean Paul Sartre (whose voice you will hear tonight) suggests, seeing ourselves through the eyes of another remains our only existential option. In this moment when cultures, countries and identities are pulling apart, this project insists that we apprehend each other. How do we hold onto ourselves while listening to another? That question is at the heart of tango.
Première – Feb 10th, 2018 – Carré Belle-Feuille Boulogne Billancourt
About KATE WEARE CIE
Kate Weare Company is a New York-based contemporary dance company renowned for its startling combination of formal choreographic values and visceral, emotional interpretation. Weare’s dances explore contemporary views of intimacy – both stark and tender – by drawing on our most basic urges to move and decode movement.
KWCo has been presented in New York City by The Joyce Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Guggenheim Works & Process, The 92nd St. Y, BRICarts, The Skirball Center, Fall for Dance at New York City Center, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, among many others. The Company has performed nationwide at American Dance Festival, American Dance Institute, Chicago Dancing Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, ArtPower at UC San Diego, Ringling Museum, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, among many others. KWCo has been awarded numerous artistic residencies, most recently from DANCEworks Santa Barbara, The Joyce Theater Foundation, Brooklyn Academy of Music, California Institute of the Arts, The Tisch Dance Festival, and University of Albany. Recent major support has been received from The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New Music USA, The New York Community Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Greenwall Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, and NEFA’s National Dance Project.
About GUSTAVO BEYTELMANN (Collaborating Composer)
Gustavo Beytelmann was born in 1945 in Venado Tuerto, Argentina, into a music-loving family. He learnt to play the music and Tango specifically at a very early age, joining the dance orchestra, where his father, a talented violinist, often played. He studied music formally at the Institute of Music of the University of Rosario and later composition under Francisco Kröpfl.
Beytelmann has written music for the cinema, worked as pianist and arranger for the record industry, and performed with various jazz ensembles in Argentina, Italy, Germany, and France. He has made appearances at the Festival of Tango of Buenos Aires and the International Moritzburg Festival in Germany. Together with Juan José Mosalini and Patrice Caratini, Beytelmann formed a trio which performed for 12 years across Europe and the Americas, recording three albums and making a significant contribution to the evolution that Tango was undergoing in that period. From 1993 onwards he intensified his work as a composer. He has been the artistic director of the Tango Department at the Conservatory in Rotterdam since 1996 and has taught at the Universities of Seattle and Bellingham (USA) and Music Academy of Monaco, among others.
Sin Salida was co-produced by Nuits de Fourvière, Tango de Soie, CCN de Créteil & Val-de-Marne, Cie Käfig, ADAMI, SPEDIDAM, Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Ville de Lyon, Ville de Boulogne Billancourt, Carré Belle-Feuille with the support of the Centre Chorégraphik Pôle Pik, Aqueduc de Dardilly, the Maison de la Danse de Lyon, and Kate Wormald.
Sin Salida was made possible, in part, by generous support from DANCEworks, a unique collaboration and creative residency program established between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre, and by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation