A first-time collaboration between choreographer Kate Weare, artistic director of Kate Weare Company (USA), and artistic director Esteban Moreno of Union Tanguera (FRANCE), this project charts new territory, bringing together artists from Argentinian tango and contemporary dance for a unique cross-pollination of disciplines, cultures and values.
Sin Salida re-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. 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 a little over a century old - speak to each other, wrestle with, embrace each other? Within an exciting exploratory residency at DANCEworks Santa Barbara, 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 suggests, seeing ourselves through the eyes of another remains our only existential option.
Choreography: Kate Weare and Esteban Moreno
Music: Gustavo Beytelmann
Costume Design: Nadine Chabonnier
Sin Salida is 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.