Last weekend saw me running a theatrical TangoWalk at the National Theatre’s ‘Watch This Space’ Festival.
Despite the unsettled weather, many people turned up to give this thing a go, and I admire them for it. It is so easy to stay within one’s comfort zone, so to be willing to step outside of it is something that deserves recognition.
The point wasn’t to turn everyone into expert dancers in half an hour, but to spend a little time reconnecting with your body, becoming aware of someone else’s, and going on an exploratory walk, with a story as accompaniment. Despite all my efforts to make sure there was no ‘performance pressure’ it was interesting to see just how much we pressurise ourselves anyway.
It is often not enough to give things a go – we need to know we’ll be good at them, which in turn stops us trying new things – what if we’re not instantly good at them?! I understand this way of thinking far too well, and am constantly picking myself up on it. There are people out there who have already come to the realisation that it doesn’t matter how ‘good’ you are, as long as you are enjoying yourself, and it is a pleasure to watch them dance.
A big thank you to everyone who gave this a go!
Photos will be up on http://www.nordicnomad.com/productions/current as soon as get some.
In the meanwhile, if you are up near Stockton, come and join us! http://www.sirf.co.uk/