Workshop Psicotango

"The Dance of Tango as Therapy"

All Thursdays of the year from 7 to 9 pm. 

Agrello St. 3231 - Practice and Theory of Method. Free!

Psychologists Monica Peri / Ignacio Lavalle Cobo - Dinzel Group.

Tel: (011) 4867-5793 / 1548705000 - Bs. As. Argentina.




Psicotango is a method which combines the benefits of Tango, a dance of physical connection, with psychology, and explores the ways in which our moving bodies express themselves.

It develops in Operative Groups where we make contact with ourselves and the group through Tango.

The selected exercises in these activities have to do with the consciousness of ourselves through a dialogue with our own body, with our partner, and with the others who form the dancing group, like in an initial matrix.

The Seminars do not encourage the technology of the rigid dance, the stereotyped and repetitive figures of tango; they are oriented through improvisation, searching for our own style in a personal way.

Through the continuous practices, with clear direction, exercises are specifically assigned for the group and its particularities. Psicotango intends to enlighten the body to make more visible the soul.
It was born of a variety of theories, including the Seminars given by The Dinzels (Gloria and Rodolfo). Our psychoanalytic basis is S. Freud and, in particular, C. G. Jung; thus, elements where received from the Guestalt postulate.
Also we were influenced by Pichon´s Riviere´s Operative Group Method and Moreno´s Psicodrama.
The workshops from The Dinzel´s, based on dance improvisation, as well as our experiences in Public Hospitals, were the basis of thinking of the Tango as an important tool for self-transformation.
In previous works we have shown that Tango-Dance can be a tool of psychoanalysis, comparable to a game. (1)
The way to practice it is always in a group, as it is not practicable individually, but rather in relation to others, with whom one shares more than just the physical space.
The development of the Seminars is the basis to complete a circle of practice/theory/practice/theory.
Bodies that speak are heard.
It is our living bodies on which life manifests itself.
We think that the human organism in its "healthy" environment is kept in a constant state of preservation, realizing a transaction that helps it to support a homeostatic balance.
To be conscious is synonymous with paying attention to our muscular tone, focusing on our organs, exploring the senses, etc. it is the way of speaking that the soul manifests through the body.
We seek to harmonize our body, to find the balance (axis) to be able to dance life with the maximum efficiency.
Psicotango is a method based on simple and natural things that come from our body when we learn to listen and respect its own desires and limitations. So, the rich dialogue produced with our partner helps us to recognize opposing energies that create new possibilities of meeting.
It's a group that dances through the rhythm of emotion, a music which everyone has learned to hear and respect.
The circular space -the presence of the others dancers- is an event, a circumstance that allows the couple, locked in an embrace, to solve the situation and thereby enrich the experience.
The mission of the coordinator in Psicotango should be to enlighten perception of corporal curiosities (earth relation, energy movement, muscle presence, skin tension, etc…).
We believe that by learning to pay attention, to realize, nature will follow its own course and transformation will take place spontaneously. In this way we become responsible for acting in one or another.
During the development of the activities, the couple, rather than interpretation is actually achieving operative interventions. This includes resources from different slopes, favouring those of corporal type, emphasizing a silence, accentuating a distance, etc.
The interventions are designed to be conscious of the individual's comprehension, the present condition (state) of his/her organism, and the participant should then be able to link it to his/her past or connect it to archetypal situations.
We can begin to feel that we are masters of our own future and not victims of an assigned destiny.
All kinds of phenomena are observed: tension, sweat, irritation, pain, weariness, heaviness, inflexibility, etc. We acknowledge that every individual will battle with these difficulties on his own terms, and will do what he or she wants as they surface.
We act as channels, are facilitators, helping the participants perceive the significance (meaning) of the struggles that they face.
We are aware that, having finished these meetings, the participants will return to their daily existences endowed with a conscience that helps give them firm steps, with a filled chest, haughty … like the "tanguero" (tango-man).
We induce conscientiousness that, by way of the physical, helps us understand our conducts and helps us to truly live our circumstances, which naturally has a therapeutic result. When the process of corporal interrogation begins it is not possible to contain it. One begins to decipher the corporal messages that will be included without judging, accepting us.
The proposed exercises look for sensitization, the possibility of recovering sensations, of opening the way of the senses for the emotional thing.
The slogans include resources that are grouped in exercises which are linked to physical movement, communication, creation and sensitization.
The power that this cultural and popular manifestation offers will be absorbed by the participants, across exercises that will connect them to the earth, helping us capture our original destination.
This method, which begins to give its first steps, is thought to accompany professionals from psychology, corporal therapists, artists, teachers of Tango and others that find in this Dance answers to a transforming exploration.
As an offer, it tries to mark, only, a way towards a new technique of thinking and doing. Doors Are Opened for new forms, since we know that this one might be a way for other destinations.
It will be necessary to continue tuning concepts, trying, adding experiences, observing, in order that this discipline should be nourished and reinforced in its aims.
Essential to the Tango, improvisation will be the art for those who dare to dance to the compass of this Method that is born alive and available to the transformations that helps it to grow.

(1) To see articles in the link "Approximation Psi to tango"

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