On Tuesday, I had the most marvellous experience of combining three of my favourite things: tango, art and collaboration.
I was delighted to be approached by artist Yoi Kawakubo to be part of a sound installation for his exhibition, ‘Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream’. For this, he asked me to dance tango with a favourite partner of mine, Hugh Walker, in the beautiful gallery at the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, where the exhibition is being held. We danced to what is fast becoming my theme tune, ‘Volver’, the song which also features in my video, This is Not a Film about Tango. Our footfalls were recorded and form a soundscape which people will listen to through headphones whilst either contemplating or looking at Yoi’s visual pieces.
Yoi has been inspired by his own background as a Spanish born Japanese artist. The exhibition celebrates the coming together of cultures and how they feed on and inspire each other. The exhibition has many examples of collaboration: the tango with Hugh and myself; and the economic charts created with input from a hedge fund manager; and an oil painting executed by Yoi from Skype instructions from an artist, Yumi Nishimura, in a completely different part of the world. At the private view, there was even a special cocktail created in collaboration with a Brazilian designer and artist, Pedro Inoue.
Although Yoi is not a dancer, and was very new to the concept of tango, he was delighted to discover how the Argentine Tango is itself a hybrid of Latin, African and European musical influences, which fits in perfectly with his theme.
The whole morning was a real delight and it was marvellous for me to contribute my creative practice to another artist so that he could fulfil his vision. Yoi was a joy to work with, Hugh a delight to dance with, and I must also thank the staff at Daiwa for their wonderfully warm hospitality.
Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream will run until Thursday 15 December 2016, 9:30am-5pm at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent's Park), London NW1 4QP.