American Creative Dance performs tango and explores innovative artistic uses of that dance form.
OUR TANGO PERFORMANCE PARADIGM
To us, Tango is an improvisational art form where two dancers dance as one, and where separation does not exist between music and dance. For dancers to collaborate directly with the musicians during the performance is the highest form of the art.
John Adams said of Astor Piazzolla, "For him, composing and performing were inextricably woven together. One thinks of Bach and of Ellington for models of a creative musician who saw little or no separation between improvising, composing and performing."
Piazzolla's ideas and works give us inspiration and encouragement.
Just as Piazzolla's compositions are at the intersection of western classical music and traditional tango music, our tango work is at the intersection of tradition tango dance and our own modern dance.
George Lilly and Nancy Van Ness, the company's tango dancers, have collaborated in performance with cellist Wendy Law (www.wendylaw.com), presenting a trio to three of Piazzolla's Études.
The three Piazzolla Études (numbers 3, 4, and 6) were originally composed for solo flute. Law arranged and performed them for solo cello.
The resulting performance by the three resembles in spirit the co-equal creation of music and dance of the company's modern dance work.
Lilly and Van Ness have performed on the stage, in tango salons, and in Argentinean restaurants. They are available for shows and performances. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a performance, or telephone (718) 875-7369.
They also do private coaching of tango dancers and can be reached at the same address and number.