Adriana Pegorer

Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation | 16 March 2020

These classes focus on relating: to gravity, to one's body and that of others, and to the environment. They deal with negotiation of spaces and attending to whatever it is that is happening at that moment.
I am interested in what can support and/or challenge the act of standing and how the dialogue with gravity can fully engage the senses with the inward and the outward. These explorations could also be scrutinized whilst sitting, lying down or in motion.
We will work on creative and playful observations of falling and rising of energies, shifting of cellular mass/es, arrangement and distribution of weight, cultivating imageries, amplifying silences and vacuums.
In these states, how can we then initiate a movement dialogue with another person that allows for considerate mutual interactions and unexpected exchanges?
For these propositions, both Tango Argentino and Contact Improvisation provide an ample and diverse field of study, where the fertile entanglements between self & the other/s can blossom.
The commitment and attention required to be in a partnership – whether with the floor, one's body or other's or with space– will be fostered with exercises and tasks to feed into energetic solos, duets and whole group dance improvisation.

Open to all and in particular welcoming people with visual impairment.


Adriana Pegorer is an interdisciplinary dance artist interested in the interweaving of forms.
Born in Italy, as a teenager she enjoyed physical activities such as running and volleyball and later worked in visual arts and at music concerts. She moved to London in 1995 where she completed an Access to Performing Art course at the Hammersmith and West London College and graduated in Dance & Related Arts at Chichester University.

Winner of the Lea Anderson Choreographic Award for her dance film Double One (2001) which toured extensively,
She has devised and performed several experimental works mixing choreography with improvisation, video and new technology in the UK and abroad.
With the support from the Arts Council she attended the 5 week course ‘National Identity and Cultural Translations’ led by Prof. Marta Savigliano and Prof. Jeff Tobin (Buenos Aires, 2007) and the 2 week course 'Interactive Multimedia in Performance' with Troika Ranch Dance Company (New York, 2003).
In 2008 Adriana founded the community organization Chiaroscuro offering inclusive movement education opportunities that foreground kinaesthetic awareness over visual mimesis. It started with tango sessions at the Royal National Institute for the Blind People and it progressed into the Moving Perceptions project.

For the last 20 years she cultivated the fusion called Contact Tango and organized monthly classes in London and curated four 'Tango Diferente' research weeks (2012-2015) in Berlin.
She taught at various festivals including the Wuppertal Contact Tango Festivals and at Queer Tango Festivals in Hamburg, Stockholm and Berlin.
She is a qualified Exercise & Fitness teacher, mat-work Pilates instructor, Fascial Fitness Trainer and a Holistic Massage Therapist. She is passionate about Ideokinesis, Japanese Butoh, the Feldenkrais Method and Skinner Release Technique. Her recent interests are the teachings and writings by Liz Koch, Glenna Batson and Erin Manning.

Her own research contribution was presented in the UK and abroad, most notably at 'Body, Movement and Dance in Global Perspective' (Hong Kong), ‘Touching and to be touched – Kinaesthesia and empathy in dancing’ (Berlin), Colloque International 'Tango: Creation, Identification, Circulation' (Paris), 'Physic(s)al entanglements' and 'Moving the small dance' (ECITEs) and was invited to perform in Marta Savigliano's 'Wallflowers and Femme Fatales' performance lecture at Harvard University (Boston).
Most recently she contributed to 'The 20th Century Modern Lesbian' (Brighton), 'The Queer Tango Salon' (Paris) and 'Diaspora & Embodiment of Hope: Performances of Spirit & Sustainability' (University of Surrey).

Her published writings include 'Performing Gender in Milongas of Buenos Aires' (2008); 'Close your eyes and …. Dance!’(2010); 'Tango Diferente: Exploring Tango and CI at Ponderosa' (2013), ‘'It takes two to win' (2015).