Tango social dance was my primary artistic practice for nearly twenty years, and my MFA degree, completed in 2014, focused on the question of how to represent the invisible, intimate connections between partners on the performance stage. During this time, I explored choreographic processes from postmodern dance, physical theater, and contemporary dramaturgy. I experimented with both words and images, soundscapes and silence.
The result was most often a surreal portrait of performers stumbling in and out of intimacy with themselves, each other, and the audience. In retrospect, my choreographic work very much reflected my emotional experience of the social dance communities I had spent so much time in. I still see them as safe havens and as acts of resistance against growing urban isolation.
Nowadays, I have come to see everyday human life as a kind of “dance.” The way we hold ourselves physically at home, at work, and in public space is both a reflection of the complex culture we are raised in and simultaneously a way of transforming that same culture into something else, if we so choose.