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What interfaces arise between the seemingly gender-obsessed tango and the supposedly gender-neutral contemporary dance?

In Rosalie Wanka's production ASYMMETRICAL ENCOUNTERS, the tango becomes the motor of a contrasting codified typification of body image and gender by its opposition to contemporary dance. 

In collaboration with the international cast - Rodrigo Pardo, Damian Cortes, Cecilia Loffredo - and the Munich media artist Manuela Hartel, oniric scenes will be designed. Each performer brings in his or her own subjective, biographical spaces. The audience finds itself transported into strange and yet familiar worlds. The main focus remains on the human abysses, which are to be illuminated and questioned with much humor about the possibility and impossibility of mutual understanding.

To this end, a series of encounters are staged in which different worlds collide. A clear attribution is prevented, seemingly absurd constellations subtly question (gender) identities, prejudices and the legitimacy of one's own world view. In the end, is it always a misunderstanding that puts us in the position of miscommunication, or is it the narrow-mindedness with which each other is met?

Projections by Manuela Hartel illustrate on a visual level the different worlds of association in which each performer moves.

The fast-paced dance of the performers deals with the movement languages of contemporary dance and Argentine tango, with culturally influenced body images as well as with the interactions of language and physical self-image.

The basis for Assymetrical Encounters is fed by the upstream research project ENTANGLEMENTS - Gender and Interculturality, for which Rosalie Wanka was funded with a research grant from the Munich Department of Culture in 2019. Now, Wanka will deal with the results of this research on stage.


Artistic Director I Choreography I Performance

Rosalie Wanka 


Rodrigo Pardo 

Choreographic collaboration I Performance

Cecilia Loffredo I Damian Cortes I Marcela Lopez Leal

Videos I Projections I Stage design

Manuela Hartel

Musical arrangements I Composition

Federico Mansilla   

Assistance I Costumes

Fabian Kipp  

Lighting design

Hans R. Weiß 

Photos I Videos I Documentation

Tom Gonsior  


Funded by

Cultural Department of the City of Munich


Theater Hoch X Munich - Redsapata Linz - KLAP Maison de la Danse Marseille - Guests of the Tanztendenz Munich

Cecilia Loffredo was artist in residence at Villa Waldberta.

Premiere 2021 at Theater Hoch X Munich / DE

Tanztage Labor 2021 Posthof Linz / AT

- both cancelled due to covid -

Streamed on the platforms (Europe) and (Argentina)

Festival Bajio Tango 2021 / Mexico

Live Premiere at Posthof Linz in April 2023

Graphic by Paola Evelina - Photo © Manuela Hartel

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