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Philadelphia Argentine Tango School – The Long Table Weekend: Discussions, Experiential Workshop, Practica with Live Music
October 16 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One event on October 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm
A chance to reflect on and reshape tango’s past, present and future
Women and LGBTQIA+ are invited to join us for a weekend of collective expression and engagement, in which we work together to re-imagine tango. Tango grew up in a specific place and time where it acquired cultural baggage – calcified gender expectations, heteronormativity – that have clung to it, even as it is now danced worldwide, in very different contexts and cultures.
We believe that tango has remarkable power to facilitate connections between individuals, to create spaces where deep listening and profound understanding can take place, and to generate egalitarian environments where all voices are heard. The Long Table Weekend will help activate these transformative qualities of tango.
The idea for a tango Long Table process followed by practice was created by Phi Lee Lam. She is the architect of the weekend’s activities, in conjunction with co-presenter Philadelphia Argentine Tango School.
What is a Long Table?
The Long Table is a dinner party structured by etiquette, where conversation is the only course.
The project combines theatricality and models for public engagement. It is at once a stylised appropriation and an open-ended, non-hierarchical format for participation. Both of these elements – theatrical craft and political commitment – are mutually supporting in this widely and internationally toured work. The (often-feminised) domestic realm here becomes a stage for public thought.
Everyone in the room has the power (and imperative, with the communal interest for a more satisfying discussion) to shift the direction of conversation, to mediate moments of tension and to make space for voices less easily heard.
Where does the concept of the Long Table come from?
The Long Table concept was created by Split Britches (http://www.split-britches.com/long-table), a theater and advocacy organization dedicated since 1980 to presenting radical performances and workshops that “facilitate communication, wellness, and social change.”
Watch this short film to learn more about what the Long Table is, where it comes from, and how it works.
The Tango Long Table
From Phi Lee Lam:
The Long Table Weekend features two days of Long Table discussion in which participants have the opportunity to give voice to the marginalized and engage in a non-hierarchical creative process and performance of reimagining a diversified and expansive narrative of tango – past, present and future. The first day is open to women. The second day is open to women and LGBTQIA+.
Over a century, the history, culture and narratives of tango have been euro-male centered, heteronormative and oppressive, with all “other” contributions, influences and experiences in tango being marginalized or rendered invisible.
Rather than centering our conversations on the negative spaces and consequences of what-was-and-is still present, by purposefully centering our discussion through the imagined narrative of what-was/is-not, the discussion will hopefully elicit and expose some of the inequitable experiences socially and economically.
Finally, the objective of this two-day event is to activate and expand our personal and collective imagination. To resource social courage and creativity. To facilitate self-empowerment. To cultivate intentionality and solidarity.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, October 16
Day 1 activities are open to women and non-binary individuals.
3-4:30 pm: Long Table Discussion | Theme: Reimagining what was in tango in Argentina and the US. Giving voice to real or imagined experiences and narratives.
6-8 pm: Workshop led by Phi Lee & Experimental Movement Practice | Theme: Re-embodiment of tango movement with the knowledge and experience of what was. Integrating with what is (now), finding continuity of the past and present narratives in our bodies and expanding our intentions into the spaces that we occupy.
Sunday, October 17
Day 2 activities are open to women, non-binary individuals, and LGBTQIA+.
1-2:30 pm: Long Table Discussion | Theme: Imagining what will be (future) in tango in the US and globally.
3-6 pm: Experiential Practice with live music by Heyni Solera (bandoneon) and Teagan Faran (violin) | Theme: Embodiment of collaborative and generative spirit, Rediscovering the form of Tango music and dance. Finding new forms. Establish solidarity. Celebrate diversity.
We offer regular pricing, sliding scale, and also the chance to give additional support with a donation.
Saturday & Sunday activities: $80
Single day: $50
Link to register: https://philadelphiatangoschool.cowtinker.com/om/workshops/the-long-table-weekend
If the above pricing is prohibitive, feel free to pay any amount through this form: https://www.philadelphiatangoschool.com/checkout. It is essential that you specify what you are registering if you use this method.
If you register through the regular pricing link above, you have the chance to give an extra donation in the checkout process. Thanks for considering providing extra support. If we cover all the expenses, Phi Lee, Heyni and Teagan will receive more.
All participants must provide proof in advance of full vaccination by emailing their vaxx card to [email protected] If you have already submitted your card to the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, we have it on file, and you don’t have to send it again.
Masks are optional, but encouraged during the dancing activities.