Dancers Thryn Sazon and Nicole Vaughan-Diaz. Photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang.

Sin Salida, 2018

A unique collaboration between choreographer Kate Weare, artistic director of Kate Weare Company (USA), and Esteban Moreno and Claudia Codega, co-artistic directors of Union Tanguera (FRANCE), this project brings together artists from Argentinian tango and contemporary dance for a unique cross-pollination of disciplines, cultures and values.

Sin Salida re-examines the fundamental connection point of tango, the frame or "abrazo" (embrace); a choreographic structure designed to connect people to each other. Tango as a form suggests the extent to which we must rely on others to perceive ourselves, exploring individual freedom only through continuous connection between partners. In tango, a "solo" refers to a dancing couple taking a turn on the floor, never to a solo dancer. In stark contrast, modern and contemporary dance have always exalted the individual as both locus of meaning and generator of content, putting forward a long and rebellious (ie: feminist) tradition of the individual's unique consciousness made visible through form.

How might these two disciplines - each a little over a century old - speak to each other, wrestle with and embrace each other? As Jean Paul Sartre suggests, seeing ourselves through the eyes of another remains our only existential option.

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Artistic Direction: Esteban Moreno + Claudia Codega
Choreography: Kate Weare of Kate Weare Company in collaboration with Esteban Moreno + Claudia Codega of Union Tanguera
Original music: Gustavo Beytelmann, Traditional selections from Juan D'arienza and Osvaldo Pugliese. Voice: Jean Paul Sartre in his interview about the piece, “No Exit” in 1964.
Lighting Design: Judicaël Montrobert
Costume Design: Nadine Chabannier :
Originating Dancers: Kate Weare Company Performers: Thryn Saxon, Nicole Vaughan-Diaz
Union Tanguera Performers: Claudia Codega, Daniel del Valle Escobar, Esteban Moreno


Sin Salida was made possible by generous support from Dianne Vapnek of DANCEworks, a unique collaboration and creative residency program established between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theater, and by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Dancers Thryn Sazon and Nicole Vaughan-Diaz. Photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang.