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For Brenda Angiel, diversity is in the air

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“What I am going to tell you about the play will surely sound like a cliché. But I think that when clichés are broken, they can stop being clichés and allow other things to appear.

So, to begin with, the choreographer Brenda Angel refers to T for This new work, which includes the language of aerial dance on which he has been working for many years but which has now taken a new turn: the interest in developing a dramaturgy, beyond the forms -always attractive- of dancing in the air .

Incredibly, the idea of ​​the play is related to "Tea for Two", Doris Day and the mother of the choreographer.

Incredibly, the idea of ​​the play is related to “Tea for Two”, Doris Day and the mother of the choreographer.

-What would those clichés be?

-The duels of the pandemic, the diversity of genders. I’m going to start with something personal: my mom passed away early in the pandemic, possibly from Covid. She always told me that when she was young she looked a lot like the actress Doris Day, but I had never paid much attention to her. This on one side.

On the other hand, for a long time I wanted to do a work about a couple and the title that constantly appeared to me was tea for two (the 1950 film and starring Doris Day, a luminous blonde who starred in a good part of the musical cinema of the time). I didn’t know why.

The dancer, Mauro Dann, is homosexual, and the dancer is no longer a

The dancer, Mauro Dann, is homosexual, and the dancer is no longer a “dancer”, she changed gender. And she is now called Lynx.

-You said that title was on your mind.

-Yes, and when I start looking for what he meant, I discover that it was a movie with Doris Day and that she was indeed identical to my mother! The song tea for two it had been composed in 1925 and many versions were made. I decide then that many of these versions are going to be practically the only music in the work. Then I start rehearsing and what I had planned changes course.

-How?

-At first I imagined a romantic duo like what the song says: “We are going to be happy together, we are going to form a family”. But the interpreters propose something else to me: because the dancer, Mauro Dann, is homosexual, and the dancer is no longer a “dancer”: that is, the one I knew as Carolina Tironi for twelve years changed gender during the pandemic and is now called Lynx and wants me to talk to him as a boy. So I introduced this situation as an interesting contrast.

From “Tea for two” to one for three

-Regarding what?

-To that ideal family that the song talked about compared to these new diversities. And that tea for two ends up being a Tea for three -that is why the theme of the same title by Gustavo Cerati appears at the end- and several shots are put into play. It was not my initial idea, but the truth is that I never do what I set out to do when starting a new job.

"Experience gives older dancers something that younger, technique-conscious dancers sometimes don

“Experience gives older dancers something that younger, technique-conscious dancers sometimes don’t have,” says Angiel.

-The “T for T” (or for three) alludes to the fact that you are also on stage, the first time after ten years.

-Yes. He felt that in this work it was necessary to speak. And I speak as the author of the work within the same work. At the beginning I do a monologue about the starting point: the death of my mom, Doris Day, the song. And then the dancers “break” everything, although this happens in the last ten minutes.

Here is another intervention of mine. But the above, while the versions of tea for two that give an atmosphere like a movie Woody Allenis told as a purely romantic duet.

-Your participation then does not include the dance.

Yes, I dance a little. Not in the air with the harnesses because I can’t anymore, it’s too demanding. But I dance. I love to dance; in the air or on the ground is the same.

-There is a new current of dancers who do not leave the scene or who return when they are not supposed to be old enough to do so, right?

-I think it’s beautiful. Experience and maturity give older dancers something that younger dancers, perhaps more concerned with technique, sometimes don’t have.

Info: Premieres this Saturday, July 6 at 9:00 p.m. Teatro Aérea, Bartolomé Miter 4272.

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