Charlotte Rivero (Stockholm)
Charlotte is the founder of queer tango in Sweden. She presented her concept of queer tango pedagogy/teaching at the international dance research conference NOFOD, Stockholm Jan 2006. She runs a queer tango school, Tangoverkstan - Roles in Motion, in Stockholm and organizes the annual Stockholm International Queer Tango Festival, the second queer tango festival in the world.
Charlotte has also been teaching at different parts of Sweden both in straight and queer communities, in Russia, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Argentina and Germany and the queer tango festivals in Hamburg, Copenhagen and Buenos Aires. She performed and gave a speach at the first San Francisco queer tango festival 2009.
Her work with queer tango has gotten acknowledgement by official institutions in Sweden. She works as an invited guest teacher with tango & queer/gender theory for example at the University of Dramatic Arts, at University College of Dance, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences and The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR).
The emphasis in teaching is based on dynamic movements, musicality & improvisation, presence in the moment, connection and communication with awareness of power relations and gender structures. In the teaching exploration and play with roles is essential: from clear roles, clear exchanges of roles to more sliding/open/improvised roles.
The pedagogy is based on gender/queer theory, norm critcal thinking, problem based learning and empowerment.