Reflections on “Stop Start Tango”

Reflections on “Stop Start Tango”

Recently I received a video from Anton Hecht, Darlington, England, which I want to share with you because it is fun to watch, besides being creative and clever.  It could have been produced anywhere, but the film actually takes place in England at the Darlington Indoor Market.  It documents a project that Creative Darlington calls “Stop-Start Tango.”   I invite you to watch it and enjoy it.   Afterward, if you are inclined, maybe you will reflect about the experience with me and find what is memorable about it.  Is it the participants’ concentration, willingness, or their warmth and humanity even through their own insecurities?  Is it that they demonstrate that their egos are not too fragile to dance?  What does it say about individuals who are willing to participate in a project that is not about them?  What does it say about the role social dance could play in a civilized and civil world?  Does it make you wonder why there is such emphasis today on competitive dance which pits one against another in the name of eliminating everyone but the “best?”  For me, the collaborative Stop Start Tango was more satisfying than a competition. How about you?     What do you see in it?  I see an interesting juxtaposition between the formal dance and the informal aspects, between the fragments and the whole.  I see evidence that one’s inner confidence can transcend what s/he is actually doing.   I see how each person offers his dignity to the effort, as one by one they add unique stylistic personalities to the dance which give the dance texture.  The...