René Oey & Gabriëlle Nederend
TangoTalks...a dialogue without words...
Argentine Tango is an improvised dance, a subtle game between leader and follower in relation to the music.
Born in the late 19th century in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Tango has taken the world by storm and is even now more popular than ever. Not only is Tango an exciting dance to watch, but also an adventure to practice yourself:
to communicate with each other without words...
In 2002 Gabriëlle and René founded tangoschool TangoTalks in Amsterdam, based on traditional Argentine Tango. For the more advanced levels there is special attention for contemporary or so called neotango music and dance.
Our dance-style is characterized by an eclectic use of traditional and contemporary elements, which is also reflected in our choice of music. In our classes we combine the close embrace with the open style - leaving space between the bodies - as well as exercises in improvisation with more complex dance moves. During our classes every dancer is free to choose and develop his own style. In our view, dance can be seen as an interpretation of music: besides classical tango music we are interested in neotango and other danceable kinds of tango music.
Our approach to tango intends to contribute to the development of an contemporary tango culture in the Netherlands: among others TangoTalks organises (neo)tango parties at special locations, like in the hippie paradise Ruigoord, tours of the neotango band Narcotango in the Netherlands, and multidisciplinary tango performances, like cross-overs between flamenco & tango in our Peña's and the production of TangoTekens (2006).
René has been involved in Argentine Tango since its rediscovery in 1986 at the oldest tango dance school in the Netherlands, Tangoschool Amsterdam. He took classes with the legendary Antonio Todaro and Pepito Avellaneda during a visit to Buenos Aires in 1989. In Holland he took classes and worked together with his partner Wouter Brave.
René Oey and Gabriëlle Nederend, his dance partner since 1993, teach in numerous locations in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and in France. Since 2002 they run tangoschool TangoTalks, located in Amsterdam. Nowadays TangoTalks is based in their own studio in art center Meneer de Wit in Amsterdam. Besides his tango activities René works in this art center as artistic leader.
Every summer René and Gabriëlle hold a tango course at a charming manoir in the French Bourgogne, L'Huys Préau.
Since 2010 they tour with the tango-jazz band Tango Extremo in Holland and abroad.
Gabriëlle started her dancing career in 1980 as a ballroom dancer, through which she discovered the joy and inspiration of dancing in a pair. In 1993 René Oey linked her to Argentine Tango and they formed a dance couple.
Since 2000 they have been teaching at many locations and venues, performing at celebrations, parties and business reunions. Besides their own school in Amsterdam, they teach tango classes at High Schools in The Netherlands.
In 2001 Gabriëlle performed as a showdancer in Olé Tango by Danny Malando on tour in the Netherlands. Gabriëlle & René have been working with Bien de Bute, Tiempo Sur, Trio Tangata, Mala Pinta and with tango singers Juan Tajes and Orlando Miño. Together with visual artist Floor van Keulen they created a dance performance titled TangoTekens (2006), a tango dance in dialogue with a live performed drawing on stage.
In 2002 René & Gabriëlle started TangoTalks; a danceschool specialized in Argentine tango.
The name TangoTalks refers to dancing as a form of communication without words.
Since September 2007 TangoTalks has her own studio in MENEER DE WIT, a centre for art, culture and development in the west of Amsterdam. MENEER DE WIT hosts all kinds of creative industries, like architects, designers and visual artists and has two dance studios.
Since September 2008 TangoTalks is working with a new couple Charlotte & Laurent:
After 8 years of training in London to become a professional dancer, Charlotte Baines (UK) joined the National Classical Ballet Company of Israel. Inspired by the Dutch contemporary dance scene she moved to Amsterdam to join Scapino Ballet where for 10 years she enjoyed a successful career as one of the principal dancers of the company. In 2000 she became repetiteur and coach for the company assisting some of European top choreographers. Charlotte started dancing tango in 2004 at TangoTalks and now enjoys teaching with her partner Laurent, sharing their professional experience. She still performs in various small projects and occasional tango events.
Laurent Trincal (FR) is trained as a classical dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet School and at the International Dance Center of Cannes. He had a succesful career for 18 years in various ballet companies in Belgium, Monte Carlo, Holland (Scapino Ballet), France and Switzerland. In 2000 he achieved his national diploma as a classical dance teacher. Since 2003 he
co-manages Compagnie Humaine in Nice with the choreographer Eric Oberdorff where he also still performs. In 2006 he came back to Holland where he started dancing tango with Charlotte at TangoTalks. Since a few years they teach tango at TangoTalks and in Haarlem.
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