BYRON BAY TANGO FESTIVAL 2022
FESTIVAL PROGRAM | SEPTEMBER 2 - 4, 2022
All events at Byron Bay Community Centre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Friday 2nd September Byron Bay Community Centre
From 1:00pm. Registration in Foyer of Community Centre
2:00 - 5:00pm. Informal milonga DJ Wendy (Brisbane) - Main Auditorium
6:00pm. Drinks - Bar Opens
7:30pm - Midnight. Welcome Milonga with DJ Stephan (NZ) and live music by the Mendoza Tango Quartet with Solange Lipcin (singer) - Main Auditorium
Saturday 3rd September Byron Bay Community Centre
From 9:30am. Registration in Foyer
10:00am - 12:30pm. Immersion class 1 with Leo and Carolina [Red pass] - Main Auditorium
10:00am - 1:00pm. Informal milonga DJ Mona (Sydney) - Upstairs rooms
1:30 - 2:30pm. Workshop 1 [Blue pass]
2:00 - 5:00pm. Informal milonga DJ Stephan (NZ) - Upstairs rooms
4:00 - 5:30pm. Piazzolla Concert by Mendoza Quartet and Friends [Not included in festival passes. Purchase online byrontheatre.com or at door] - Main Auditorium
6:00pm. Drinks - Bar Opens
8:00pm - Midnight. Festival Milonga with DJ Han (Brisbane), live music by Tango Orquesta Tipica and performances by Carolina Giannini and Leo Di Cocco- Main Auditorium
Sunday 4th September Byron Bay Community Centre
10:00am - 12:30pm. Immersion class 2 with Leo and Carolina - Main Auditorium
10:00am - 1:00pm. Informal Neotango milonga DJ Esther (Byron Bay) - Upstairs rooms
1:30 - 2:30pm. Workshop 2 [Blue pass]- Main Auditorium
2:00 - 5:00pm. Informal milonga DJ Mark - Upstairs rooms
3:30 - 5:00pm. Guided practica with Carolina and Leo [Red pass] - Main Auditorium
6:00pm. Drinks - Bar Opens
7:30pm - Midnight. Farewell Milonga with DJ Alex (Sydney) - Main Auditorium
Festival Registration. All events are at the Byron Community Centre, found in Jonson Street, Byron Bay. The registration desk will be open from 1pm on Friday 2nd September.
Immersion Class. Please note that the immersion class is for experienced dancers. As a rule of thumb, at least 3 years of regular weekly dancing and attending classes, workshops and practicas.
The festival is centred on a group of dance couples who commit to a weekend of intense learning with internationally recognised instructors. This year Leonel Di Cocco and Carolina Giannini will lead the immersion classes, consisting of 2x 2.5hr “seminars”, plus a guided practica. The structure of each seminar will be fluid and interactive to maximise learning and retention. The following brief descriptions are given by Carolina & Leo:
Seminar 1: Theme is “Fundamental concepts of body language”.
We will work through perceptual exercises.1st part body listening;
2nd part technique.
At the end of the seminar we will be able to: Manage a better dialogue in social dance; Boost our technique to the next level.
Seminar 2: Theme is “Pivots and sacadas”.
1st part We will investigate and understand the importance of the pivot in tango.
2nd part We will deepen our understanding of the structure and the right time to create and execute a Sacada.
At the end of the seminar we will be able to: Understand the body language to communicate a pivot; Use the conceptual tools to create a Sacada.
To consolidate our learning, Carolina and Leo will be present at a guided practica on Sunday afternoon. It will be an open forum to clarify what was covered in class as well as practical help for couples.
Tango Workshops. These workshops are designed to extend and deepen the skill of dancers in a specific subject matter. Requires at least 18 months of tango; not suitable for those with basic skills only.
Workshop 1: “Barridas”.
We will play with the various structures of barridas and understand where they can best be inserted into our dancing.
At the end of the workshop we will be able to: Dance applying barridas for both roles.
Workshop 2: “Dynamics of movement”.
How can a sequence in the same musical piece look and feel different depending of the speed we decide to give? Working on a sequence we will create different effects through the choice of movement dynamics. At the end of the seminar we will be able to:
Apply different dynamic flows in your dance; Use techniques to manage speeds properly.
Milongas. A series of five morning and afternoon informal milongas are held in the Balcony room, each with a different guest DJs. There is formal milonga each evening with DJs Alex Nodelman (Sydney), Stephan Resch (NZ) and Chris Han (Brisbane). Informal milongas will feature DJ Wendy (Brisbane), DJ Mona (Sydney), DJ Esther Zellweger (Byron Bay), DJ Stephan Resch (NZ), DJ TBA. Live music on Friday and Saturday by The Mendoza Tango Quartet, guests musicians and singer Solange Lipcin.
Private Lessons. Leo and Carolina will be available for private lessons from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th September. Cost $140 for one teacher (couple or single) or $160 for two teachers (couple or single). Email or sms for bookings: email@example.com; (+61)413348186
Special Events. Since 2016 the Festival has hosted a concert highlighting a critical aspect of the music of Astor Piazzolla. This year, the Mendoza Tango Quartet and friends will feature the best of Piazzolla compositions.
This event is open to the general public and entry is not included in the festival passes. Tickets should be available at door or book beforehand at the Byron Bay Community Centre.