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Nothing “compares to this in terms of sheer combined experience, in and outside of the dance.”
– Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent
“Nuit Blanche carves out its own inventive space between concert dance and dance theatre, honoring the many influences on tango music and dance over the past hundred years.
– Bach Track.com
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“…Union Tanguera’s latest show…intelligently reinterprets the vocabulary of pure tango.”
– Gallia Valette-Pilenko, Danseur (France)
“Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) is a spectacle of full theatrical artistic dignity…tradition and experimentation are the two poles around which revolve the entire show.”
– Elecna Cacciatori, La Cornaca (Italy)
“[Nuit Blanche has] a strong flavor of Tanztheater. It is carefully constructed entertainment, perfectly in rhythm and spirit and capable of making tango universal and contemporary.”
– Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino, Ballet 2000 (France)
Sin Salida, a collaboration between choreographer Kate Weare, artistic director of contemporary dance company Kate Weare Company (USA), and Esteban Moreno, artistic director Union Tanguera, charts new territory by bringing together artists from Argentinian tango and contemporary dance for a unique cross-pollination of disciplines, cultures and values.
The first step of this collaboration began in Lyon, France with the marvelous Argentinian composer Gustavo Beytelmann, who worked closely with Esteban and his longtime tango partner Claudia Codega for 6 months to develop the music and movement from which they have sprung. In Santa Barbara, they took the risk to collide their forms, to release their habits and assumptions, and to discover something unknown. During those few weeks they had an exhilarating, sometimes frightening, process of clash and recovery, trust and generosity, merging and “resolución.”
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 and embrace each other? They seek to merge their 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 the collaborative venture. After all, as Jean Paul Sartre suggests, seeing ourselves through the eyes of another remains our only existential option.
Cia. Unión Tanguera, founded in 2002, is a French Argentinean contemporary tango ensemble company based in Lyon, France and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The company’s works are created and directed by Co-Artistic Directors, Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno. Utilizing the music and dance of traditional tango as the foundation for their creative process and by incorporating elements of contemporary dance, Union Tanguera creates new frontiers and ways of re-imagining the possibility of tango.
Originally from Argentina, Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno have worked together since 1990. Codega trained in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, and composition (with the renowned Argentinean choreographer Ana Maria Stekelman.) She performed as a contemporary dancer in various theaters, finding tango in 1990. Moreno graduated from the National College of Technical Education with a degree in electronics and began a career graphic design. Moreno discovered tango in 1988 through courses at the Centro Cultural Gral San Martín, and at Centro Cultural Fortunato Lacamera. His immersion in tango led to work with “Ciclos,” directed by Alicia Orlando, where he met Codega. Since representing Argentina in the Universal Exposition of Seville (1992), Codego and Moreno have been invited to the most important tango festivals around the world. They are part of a generation that has been credited with recovering tango as a social dance. They have been integral in creating the conditions for its current popularity. Students of the greatest tango maestros of the 80’s and 90’s, they have created a style which serves as a reference for the new generation of tango dancers and teachers. Their dance is grave, intense and dynamic; a synthesis of styles reinterpreted, in which fantasy and imagination are joined, inside the logic of improvised tango. Codego and Moreno formed Union Tanguera in 2002 in Lyon, France, and shortly thereafter created their first full-length piece, “Efecto Tango” (2005). This work was born out of an investigation of how to reformulate the theatrical expression of tango while respecting the purity of the traditional social dance. Their next full-length work, “Tango Vivo” (2006/2008), toured France, Italy, and Switzerland. Both productions were co-produced with Lyon’s Maison de la Danse. Union Tanguera has been supported by Tango de Soie, a school and home for tango in Lyon, since 2006 and has formed many important partnerships with various funding institutions in France, including La Maison de la Danse de Lyon. They are presently creating work for the Opera of Lyon and the city of Chassieu. Their latest work, “Nuit Blanche” (2010), was created in collaboration with Rolan van Loor and Jorge Crudo of Modos Vivendi (France), toured Italy, Austria and France, and has been seen by over 10,000 spectators.