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Rosetta

Rosetta Cook

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Queensland Arts - Performing > Dance
To research teaching innovations in tango and contemporary dance for adults of all levels of experience - UK, France, Germany
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Highlights

A highlight of my fellowship were the private classes I took with dance practitioners Adriana Pegorer, Javier Cura, Liesl Burke, Lydia Muller and Ezequiel Sanucci. Each had something unique to offer because of their diverse backgrounds of movement experience. Also, participating in group workshops as a student after many years of teaching and giving out as not just informative but liberating. Tango Donna, a week in Monteriggioni learning more about the leaders role in tango with women from around the world, another enriching experience.

Alongside my main fellowship activities I took the opportunity to attend dance/tango/theatre events and performances. Most memorable was seeing the serene joy of people of all ages coming to dance tango together outdoors in the balmy summer night at the Quais de Seine Milonga in Paris. Another highlight was at The Lisbon International Tango festival show “Puro Tango” with the Argentinean Orchesta Tipica La de Juan D'Arienzo. The powerful sound of the bandoneon and the highly physicalised movement of players was exhilarating.

Major lessons and conclusions

The fellowship has provided me with new knowledge and as well greater confidence to focus on my chosen direction in my choreographic and teaching practise. To meet other dance people like myself also passionate about the tango form has been inspirational. As well one cannot underestimate the creative enrichment that travel brings and I have returned with much inspiration for future choreographic work.

My experiences have affirmed to me the great potential for Contact Tango as a choreographic tool for professional dancers experienced in contemporary dance and tango who can improvise around these forms. As well it is a partner dance that can be enjoyable for anyone of any age and experience who are willing to experiment and explore a more relaxed and creative dance form that has social and health benefits.

What has been most enlightening to me are the exercises that have been developed through the exploration of Contact Tango that can then be taken back and applied to the teaching methods of tango. They offer better ways of teaching tango to professional dancers so that they can then apply them to choreographic invention. They also have the potential to improve the tango dancing experience as well as open up tango dancers to experimentation early in the learning process. I plan to bring together all the information, new exercises and concepts I have gained in a series of workshops to share with both the professional and non professional dance community in Australia.

Ultimately I hope for the workshops to act as a catalyst to inspire other Australian dancers/ choreographers/dance teachers to contribute to the exciting form of Contact Tango.

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