Performers: Savina Casarin and Masha Gurina

Sound: Hendryk K. Kar Blue Cloud Scratch. Blue Elephant Theatre London May 2016

This is a duet born out of experimentation with two dance genres: contemporary and Argentine tango. The two have very different, quite opposite concepts of femininity: tango with its idea of sensuality, and contemporary dance with its unisex, androgynous approach to movement. Sometimes these concepts or norms get taken to extremes and become cliched. We were curious to see what happens if you relax certain rules present in both genres and let go of our own idea of how we (the performers) should come across. 

“CON-TACTO and Masha Gurina’s Oom-pah Oom-pah are also quite personal, intimate pieces. In the latter, Gurina fuses her tango style with Savina Casarin’s contemporary dance. Gurina’s warmth and passion contrast with Casarin’s strong, hard lines, yet the two different styles complement each other well. It’s a pleasure to watch the two dancers create something new and unseen in front of us. Although Oom-pah Oom-pa doesn’t have as strong a narrative arc as some of the other pieces, that doesn’t take away from its beauty.” (Reviewed by https://viewsfromthegods.co.uk/blue-cloud-scratch.shtml)