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Workshop in Ojai:  April 2017


 Returning to Ojai ...

Brigitta Winkler

from Berlin & New York —

"Polarity + Presence"

— A 90-Minute Workshop + Supervised Práctica —

Monday - April 3, 2017 in the Gallery at the Ojai Art Center

Tango Workshop with Brigitta Winkler:  "Polarity + Presence"

Thoughtfully engaged, Tango proposes an enticing contradiction:

It asks each of us as dancer to fully claim and inhabit our own distinctive body, perspective and role — and yet ...

At the same time, to somehow also stay fully open, available, and in tune with something outside ourselves — a set of similar but opposing factors that are dynamically embodied in another wholly distinctive person:  Our Partner.

How we understand, experience and find our way into this dichotomy — not only to survive the encounter, but to flourish — is both a primary puzzle and one of the most enduring mysteries of the dance.

As partners in Tango, we relate like the two poles of a magnet, north and south. We are simultaneously both separate and together, each distinguishing and defining the other — indeed, making the other possible — as we contribute our mutual energies to the creation of an emergent third thing, The Couple, which floats between and all around, caressing us like an unseen magnetic field.

In this way, Tango invites us to step both deeper into - and - utterly beyond ourselves — to have the courage and tenacity to touch, know and honor something important and essential about ourselves in this moment ... and then to summon the will to bring these insights forward with fearless vulnerability and an uncompromising generosity as we meet and embrace our partner on the dance floor.

For a compelling journey into the very heart of these mysteries, please join us on April 3 as the incomparable Brigitta Winkler returns to Ojai to offer us "Polarity + Presence"...

In this 90-minute workshop, Brigitta will help us take full measure of the various qualities, factors and challenges involved ... and then guide us as we explore evocative strategies for how to balance, blend, negotiate and amplify the many "creative tensions" inherent in the dance ... all while staying utterly sensitive and exquisitely responsive — not only to each other, but also to the sublime and artful "3rd Partner" of Tango, the magnetic relationship that rises to envelope us both.

And after "Polarity + Presence," please plan to linger on as Brigitta supervises the Guided Práctica, and then joins us for a special extended edition of our long-running Monday Night milonga, Ojai's "Tango Incident."

With more than 35 years of background + experience in Tango, the iconic dancer, teacher + innovator Brigitta Winkler is celebrated world-wide for her vast knowledge + unparalleled insight into the form.

Brigitta's previous visits to Ojai — in 2014, 2015 and 2016 — filled the room with dancers as we delved into the subtleties of expressive following + effortless leading, explored Brigitta's incisive take on vals, and plumbed the depths of Tango's exquisite intimacy.

To experience these pleasures up close + in person, please join us (again!) for another utterly memorable night of Tango with Brigitta Winkler.


Overview:  Workshop with Brigitta Winkler



Monday — April 3, 2017



Ojai Art Center - in the Gallery - 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai



7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - an Extended 90-minute Session

Supervised Práctica: 


8:30 - 9:00 p.m. — following the Workshop  ...

"Tango Incident":


9:00 - 10:30 p.m. — Ojai's renowned milonga



$20 / Dancer for this Special Workshop + Práctica


        2-for-1 / Students with I.D. ...


        "Tango Incident" only — by donation

All Levels Workshop

— Newer + More Experienced Dancers Both Welcome —

Click here for Driving Directions - and - more about Monday Night Tango in Ojai ...

Coming to Ojai for an overnight ...?  Click here for info on local accommodations.


More About Brigitta Winkler

Brigitta with Tomás Howlin

Celebrated as a major figure of the modern Tango Renaissance, Brigitta Winkler relishes both tradition and innovation, and brings more than 30 years' experience to the dance floor.

She spent some years in Paris studying with Virulazo, a star of Tango Argentino. At that time she met Coco Orlando Diaz, and they began performing together at Les Trottoirs de Buenos Aires in Paris. In 1986, they toured to Montreal and Toronto.

Brigitta traveled often to Buenos Aires to study with such noted dancers as Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gustavo Naveira, and Eduardo Arquimbau. In 1987 she opened Tanzart with Angelika Fischer, where she hosted Arquimbau's visits to Berlin.

In 1994 Brigitta choreographed and danced in the Tango Marathon in the Theaterhaus Stuttgart and Tango Vision in the Podewil Berlin. In 1996, she was a co-founder of the influential all-women collective and performance group Tango Mujer.

These days, Brigitta travels widely and teaches regularly at major Tango Festivals throughout the United States, Germany, Italy and Russia, and in 2005 she opened her own Tangocenter called Phynix Tanzt in Berlin.

Before coming to Ojai this year, Brigitta will teach workshops in Washington DC, Virginia, Atlanta, Annapolis, Honolulu, Maui, and San Francisco. After Ojai, she will return to the east coast, where she will offer another workshop in Montreal and teach privately in New York before returning to Europe in the fall.

And during the long weekend just before her workshop, Brigitta and our very own Debbie Edwards will present "La Valle Rosada" - Ojai Women's Tango Retreat, an intensive weekend of study, practice and bonding for women who lead + follow tango.

Clockwise from top left:  Brigitta Winkler with ... Angelika Fischer, Korey Ireland, J. Abling, Homer Ladas, and Tango Mujer.

“Brigitta always brings something new to her classes. Familiar topics are looked at with a different lens. It always amazes me on how after being in her classes I can work for months on precisely those things, feeling them fresh again !”

   — Fabienne Bongard — of Tango Mujer, formerly with Dance Manhattan, now dancing in
         Los Angeles where she co-hosted the open-role Libertad + has taught at Oxygen Tango.

"Brigitta Winkler has deep tango wisdom and irresistible sparkle. Unique in the tango universe, Brigitta is an inspiring and playful teacher and a veritable treasure trove of tango fabulousness accumulated over her 30+ years of devotion to the dance form."

   — Sharna Fabiano — of Tango Mujer, formerly with Tango Mercurio in Washington, DC,
         now in Los Angeles where she recently earned her MFA in Dance from UCLA. Sharna
         and her partner Isaac Oboka have both taught at Oxygen Tango.

Links to More About Brigitta ...

Brigitta's Website

    — background, bio, links, video ...

Tango Mujer

    — the influential all-women collective,
        co-founded by Brigitta

Phynix Tanzt

    — Brigitta's Tangocenter in Berlin

Tango Donna

    — women's tango retreat with Brigitta
        in Tuscany, October 2017

Brigitta on Facebook

         Brigitta leading ... following ...

Video of Brigitta Winkler's Dancing:

Map + Driving Directions

For the "Polarity + Presence" Workshop with Brigitta Winkler in Ojai:

Map to Ojai Art Center — 113 South Montgomery, Ojai — from Google Maps ...

  • From US 101 in Ventura, take CA 33 north toward Ojai.
  • Keep going straight as CA 150 joins CA 33, then swings east to take you into Ojai. Stay on CA 150.
  • The "center of town" is the stop light at Signal Street — you'll see the Post Office on the SE corner, with its iconic bell tower.
  • For the Art Center:  Continue east approximately 0.1 miles, past Libbey Park, and turn right/south onto South Montgomery — the Art Center is half a block down, on your right ...
  • Come in the front door and follow the music — we will be in the Gallery at the end of the hall ... 1,400 square feet, with a recently refinished maple floor from the 1930s

Exterior — Ojai Art Center — 113 South Montgomery, Ojai

Interior — Dance Space in the Gallery at the Ojai Art Center

Past Quantum Tango Workshops & Events with Visiting Dancers

•    Joaquín Amenábar — "Melody as a Rhythmic Element" + "Syncopation in Tango" — July 2016

•    Folias Tango — "Rhythmic Structures" - Riding the Waves in the Music — June 2016

•    Tomás Corbalán + Yamila Ivonne — Tango Lab: "Dynamics" + "Silence" — May 2016

•    Brigitta Winkler — Tango Lab: "Intimacy" — March 2016

•    Muma Valino — Tango Lab: "La Esencia" of Ricardo Vidort — October 2015

•    Joaquín Amenábar — "Essential Units of Tango Rhythm" + "Melody in Tango" — July 2015

•    Virginia Pandolfi — Tango Lab: "Follower's Technique" — June 2015

•    Folias Tango — "Mapping the Tango" - Phrase Structure + Form — June 2015

•    Brigitta Winkler — "Flirty Vals" — March 2015

•    Momo Smitt — "Clean, Clear, Crisp, Rhythmic" + "Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go" — May 2014

•    Daniel Trenner — Tango Lab:  "Principles of Letting + Flowing" — March 2014

•    Brigitta Winkler — "INTER:  Act / Sect / Weave / Relate" — February 2014

•    Leonel Chen + Florencia Han — "Milonga:  Fast + Small" — November 2013

•    Daniel Trenner — Tango Lab: "Iconic Roles - The Lead + Follow Dynamic" — March 2013

•    Felipe Martinez — "Cross-System Gems" — September 2012

•    Sharna Fabiano — "Close Embrace of the Third Kind" — September 2011

•    Folias Tango Quartet & Avik Basu — "Tango Music:  Its Secrets Revealed" — August 2010

•    Daniel Trenner — "Milonga:  Traditional Perspectives & Tráspie" — May 2009

•    Sabine Zubarik — "Milonga for Beginners" — April 2009

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Mulitple Workshops — October 2007   (pdf)

•    Andrés Amarilla : Extended Residency — January / February / March 2007   (pdf)

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Tango Lab: "Alternative Embrace" — May 2006

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Multiple Workshops — May / June 2006   (pdf)

•    Andrés Amarilla + Meredith Klein — Tango Lab Intensive: "Nuevo" — February 2006


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