General aims: To notice
the possibilities provided by the Tango dance as experiencing
method. To bring
near and/or connect the participants with the Tango
phenomenon-culture from a prejudice free perspective. To offer
the possibility of getting a new meaning of Tango from
one's own body experiences. To explore
this form of communication.
Specific objectives: To use Tango
as a bridge to mobilize our inner things (complexes,
fears, censorship). To become
aware of the psycho-physical-social unit. To set our
body as registry place of affective memories. From a creative
point of view start to listen our body language.
The mechanics of the work is in groups given that the Tango
cannot be conceived individually but in pairs, interrelating
with other pairs with whom you share more than just the physical
Our place, as coordinators, will be to recognize the group
as mould of a process, understanding that the dance of Tango
places us, above all, in a group situation.
The selected exercises for the seminar have to do with the
awareness of oneself through a dialogue, at first, with one's
own body and then with the body of the other as a couple and
of the rest as a dancing group.
It is necessary for us to share the difficulty that we have
in trying to explain, in simple and suitable words, an exercise
or a certain movement so that the reader may visualize them
when putting them into practice.
Next, we will try to explain the basics which led us to choose
some of the resorts we appeal to in order to favor the way
to finding oneself through the body.
To become aware of something is synonym of, for us, paying
attention to our muscular tone, focusing on the organs, sensory
tracking, etc., to the way of speaking, that our soul has,
through our body. From a body point of view we will be able
to establish an inner inference of our state of mind.
This idea expresses that what the poet William Blake so very
eloquently said: "for that call'd Body is a portion of
Soul discern'd by the five Senses."
We aim to harmonize our body, find our balance (our axis),
to be able to dance with life with maximum efficiency.
For example, in the beginning of our meetings, we first dedicate
some time to space. In our daily living we move around the
space but now we will try to be there.
We experience that, even if the environment cannot stop its
rhythm, we may choose to slow down and make it our own.
We learn to dance together -live- our own way, just as in
a milonga every dancer dances with their own style.
We are aware that everybody, at the end of the seminar, will
get back to their day-to-day movements with no spirit but
endowed with a consciousness that helps them take steadier
steps, have their shoulders back, haughty like the tanguero.
We ask questions: how do you feel? What are you doing? Why
do you think you are doing it? Why can't you do it? How do
you do it? In order to lead to awareness that, through our
bodies, we will be able to know our behaviors and experience
the circumstances, facts that in themselves will have a therapeutic
contribution. Once the body interrogation process begins,
it cannot be restrained. Little by little, other ways of observation,
other levels of comprehension are created. The process will
begin to decipher the body messages without judging them,
We will observe how the participants handle themselves rather
than try to explain the reason of their actions.
The guiding concepts will be those of authenticity and openness.
Each one will be able to recognize their "shield",
their own fear of freedom, and their own cultural and ancestral
We will learn to listen, which is not the same as hearing,
to hug rather than touch, remember scents which is not the
same as sniffing, to poeticize with our feet which is not
the same as speaking.
We will try to sharpen and widen the thresholds of perceptive
registry through sensory experiences that will deploy those
senses rarely used by people. For example, we seek out to
stimulate the skin to enhance the sense of touch and register
unknown or repressed feelings in each one of you. This will
stimulate and increase the individual possibilities of being
more spontaneous, free, and integrated.
Instructions cover recourses that may be grouped (in practice,
almost impossible) into exercises that have to do with mobility,
communication, creativity and awareness.
Healthy and sensible communication with the other through
awareness of the acts of the body is exercised with recourses
that have been already tested in seminars delivered by the
Dinzels and others taken from Operative Groups.
The power provided by this cultural and popular display will
be taken in by the participants through exercises that will
connect them to the earth, attempting to grab their original
The seminar will not encourage the strict dance techniques
or the stereotyped and repetitive figures of tango; it will
aim toward improvisation, the finding of our own style, in
a personal way.
Unblock, make easy the flow of energy will generate the miracle
of finding the flair, the mobility, the creativity, the fun,
and in this way, solve "unresolved business" that
will also demand awareness.
When the seminar begins, your first move, your stare, your
posture, your smile or grimace, richly provides the intimate
material that we will discover together.
Always stressing, in practice, the presence of the other,
facing the other and with the other recognizing the totality
of the genre.
Display of affection, emotions and impulses will be encouraged.
We do not mean for the participants to put into words their
problems; it is about getting in touch with what they are
doing, through their bodies, the bodies of another participant
and the rest as a group.
If you block your actions or your feelings, we will encourage
you to keep trying to unblock them so that you may connect
this body doing with the dance of your own life.
At the seminars we develop a superficial and deep sensitivity,
as well as the capacity of self-observation that allows us
to live the changes that are happening. The presence of the
coordinator, at the same time, is another neutral, wide, and
containing look given that the results will happen in their
Through these seminars and continued practices with clear
and directed instructions, exercises specially developed to
travel experiences of movement, taking care of the group and
its special details PSICOTANGO tries to get through the body
to make the soul more and more visible.
The recourses are used, through a considerate and variable
attention, by the therapists that will try to refresh the
inner world, adjusting the participation to what surfaces
We call our seminars EXISTENCIAL given that it is a method
that accompanies the growth toward a bigger awareness, understanding
that the body is the materialization of our inner world.
Throughout the seminar no interpretations will be done by
the team, instead operative interventions are done. The interventions
include resources from different branches, favoring the body
ones as: deepen a silence, emphasizing a distance.
The stages in which this meeting is divided answer those used
in psycho dramatic techniques, given its proximity with the
staging of a game. This is why we call them Opening, Warming
Up, Task, and Closure.