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Managing With Passion: A Tango Subversion in the Waltz City. Paul Shrivastava Michelle Cooper. Prepared for the European Group on Organization Studies Annual Colloquium July 5-7, 2007, on Beyond Waltz - Dances of Individuals and Organization Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria.

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Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Managing With Passion: A Tango Subversion in the Waltz City

Paul Shrivastava

Michelle Cooper

Prepared for the European Group on Organization Studies Annual Colloquium

July 5-7, 2007, on Beyond Waltz - Dances of Individuals and Organization

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria


Passion flower

Passion Flower

Managing is rational, analytical, objective. Little space for subjectivity, passion, intuition (Gagliardi, 2007).

Yet, Passion as “desire and creative flow” is at the root of great human feats (Linstead and Brevis, 2007).

Tango offers a way for cultivating passion (Dey & Steyaert, 2007).


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Goals:Feel Argentine Tango as a vehicle for managing with passion.

Outline

Getting into the body

Concepts

Argentine Tango + Demo

Managing with Tango

Lesson and Community

Engage Body - Mime Introduction, Icebreaker

Engaging Mind, Body, and Emotions

Tango as a language


Mime communication

Mime Communication

  • Select a partner

  • Mime Introductions – No words

  • Stand across (line up), raise hands

  • Push, pull, raise, stretch

  • Sequential, Orchestrated, With Music

  • Count 20 (eyes closed)

Milonga Sentimental


Three concepts

Three Concepts

  • Embodied Learning

  • Emotional Infrastructure

  • Managing with Passion


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Concept 1: Embodied Learning

Cognitive/cerebral learning

To

Holistic engagement of body, mind and emotions

Brings Focus and Clarity

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Light

Music


Concept 2 emotional infrastructure of organizations

Concept 2: Emotional Infrastructure of Organizations

  • Organizations have an “emotional infrastructure”, much like they have a physical infrastructure (land, plant and facilities, etc) and a technology infrastructure (info systems, equipment, processes, patents, etc.).

  • Emotional infrastructure expresses mood, work climate, culture, goodwill, beliefs, communications, mutual trust and authenticity


Concept 3 managing with passion

Concept 3: Managing with Passion

  • Passion involves danger, risk, creativity, enduring motivation, deep emotional engagement, and extreme actions. Passion engages with body, mind, and emotion.

  • “Managing with passion” includes finding your passion, learning passion skills, living passionately in organizations and managing with your body mind and spirit/emotions.


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Argentine Tango as a Metaphor for Managing with Passion

Tango - Demanding physical movements, connection, and musicality,

Tango - Simultaneously engages body, mind and emotions.

Tango - A dance, a music, a culture and a way of life.

It can be a vehicle for develops skills in improvisation, risk taking, communications, and team work, leadership, community building

Argentine Tango


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

  • Three forms

  • Tango – slow, steady four-count beats, danced on 1 and 3

  • Milonga - faster, simplified steps

  • Tango Vals - 1-2-3 of waltz, but danced on the ones.

  • “Milongas” The word has three meanings

  • the dance milonga,

  • the music you dance the milonga to,

  • a tango dance party.

You can dance a milonga to a milonga (tune) at a milonga (party). And that's a great thing!


What argentine tango is not

What Argentine Tango is Not

  • NOT Ballroom or International Tango. They are different from head to toe, in posture, embrace, improvisation, movement, balance, steps, and music.

  • NOT Stage Tango (also called "fantasia") which is more theatrical and exaggerated, done for audiences.


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Puzzle of Two Bodies, & Four Legs

What is Argentine Tango

Personal dance - a “sad thought that you can dance”. It is “thought in musical motion”, “reflective meditative dancing”.

Partner dance – Improvisational, walking, turning, and embellishments while interpreting music and contrast, a puzzle that gets put together differently

Social dance – socialization and community.


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Summary

Language of physical and emotional communication.

A reflective system of interpreting music and movement.


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Short Tango Demo


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Tango

Essence

Tango Aahs - Limitless surprises, make it so addicting. The addiction is treatable, but not curable.

It takes two - isn't just the man leading and the woman following. Interdependence, teamwork, mutual respect.


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Tango Essence 2

No two couples are the same.

No two dances are the same.


Tango essence 3 musicality

Tango Essence 3 Musicality

  • Essenceof the dance is in being musical,

    • stepping to music, moving to the music,

    • becoming part of the orchestra

    • emoting with the lyrics

  • Chris Bliss Juggling Musicality

  • http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4776181634656145640

  • http://www.sonnyradio.com/chrisbliss.html


Managing with passion a tango subversion in the waltz city

Tango Essence 4

A culture of self-development,

A social community with mutual responsibilities


Tango lessons 1 individual

Tango Lessons 1 - Individual

  • Connection with self, partners, & community

  • Improvisation, Risk-taking

  • Communication (with eyes, smile, torso, legs, arms, hands, - body language)

  • Accepting diversity, difference, globalization

  • Balance – bodily + mental & emotional


Tango lessons 2 group

Tango Lessons 2 - Group

  • Leadership - Leaders suggest, Followers embellish

  • Teamwork, Mutuality, Reciprocation,

  • Honoring traditions, & Innovating

  • Trust and community


Tango embodying management concepts

Tango Embodying Management Concepts

  • Improvisation – Realtime choreography

  • Trust - Volcada

  • Risk - Gancho,

  • Communication – body and e-motional language


And finally community

And Finally Community

  • Let’s begin creating one here and now

  • 30 Min Beginner lesson

    • Musicality – listen to the beat

    • Posture, Hold/Embrace

    • Walk in-line

    • Walking to the sides,

  • Tango Dancing in Vienna


Posture and embrace

Posture and Embrace

  • A frame, tilt but on-axis, and balanced

  • Awareness of partner comfort, weight, security, trust

  • The Tango Gaze

  • Open and Close Embrace, follower’s choice

  • Flexibility of embrace


Walking

Walking

  • Line of dance, Traffic responsibilities

  • Tango Ettiquette – asking, accepting

  • Tango Vocabulary – steps, turns, pauses, embellishments

  • Signalling – Feet/Legs and Torso

  • Steps – Weight Shifts, in-line steps

  • Walking on the sides

  • The Cruzada or Cross


Tango in vienna www tango austria com

Tango in Viennawww.tango-austria.com

  • Thursday at Tangobar, 21:00 hrs Deutschmeistersaal in der Albertgasse 43, 1080 Wien Tel: 069911985214

  • Friday 22:00 hrs, Practica by Tango Almagro, Studio 0.1 (www.tanzstudio.at), Rienoesslgasse 4a, 1040 Vienna Info: 0676/318-94-68

  • Saturday, 19:30 hrs Milonga "El Firulete" at Österreichischer Touristenklub, Bäckerstr. 16, 1010 Wien, 1.Stock. Tel. 0664/1736976

  • MondayTango-Salon at the CIU (Centre International Universitaire), Schottengasse 1, A-1010 Vienna.Info: (+43)-664-13-19813


Tango and your brain news item november 15 2005 usa today

Tango and Your BrainNews Item, November 15, 2005, USA Today

  • Dr. Patricia McKinley, associate professor of physical and occupational therapy at McGill University, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neurosciences.

  • Study compared Tango dancers with walkers among aging adults 50 to 80 years old

  • Results

  • Tango dancers got a boost in self-esteem right away

  • Both walkers and Tango dancers had better scores on memory tests, but only the Tango dancers improved on a multitasking test.

  • Tango dancers gained improvements in balance and motor coordination.

  • Explanation: Tango engages the mind, the body and emotions in complex and changing ways. It has all elements of neurologic rehabilitation: forward and backward movement, side-to-side weight shift, one-legged stance, balanced turns, speed changes, walking in a straight line back and forth, increasing step length in all directions, and turning in a narrow space, traffic management, musicality.

  • Tango satisfies the basic requirements for exercise adherence: it's fun, it's a group activity, and it has a tangible goal that can be perceived not only by the dancer, but by family and friends.


A one minute arguable history of 100 years of tango

A One-Minute & Arguable History of 100 Years of Tango

  • Late 1800s, Originated in Argentina - Gauchos, Spaniards, Italians, Africans, French, Prostitutes, and Gangsters all contributed to its development.

  • 1900-20s, Gained acceptance respectability in Paris and then in Europe

  • 1930s-45, Golden Age of Tango, Big orchestras, Carlos Gardel

  • 1960s, Tango Nuevo, Piazolla and globalization

  • 1980s, Broadway, Neo/Alternative Tango, and Resurgence in Argentina


References

References

  • Barsade, Sigal G. and Donald E. Gibson, “Why does affect matter in organizations” Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 36-59, February 2007

  • Collins, Jim, From good to great. Why some companies make the leap.. and others don’t, Harper Collins, NY, 2001.

  • Dey, P. and C. Steyaert,”The Troubadours of knowledge: Passion and invention in management education” Organization, 14, 3, 2007, pp. 437-461.

  • Fineman, Steven, Understanding Emotion at Work, Sage Publication, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2003.

  • Gagliardi,P. “The collective repression of pathos in organization studies” Organization, 14, 3, 2007, pp. 331-338,

  • Linstead, S. and J. Brevis,”Passion, knowledge and motivation: Ontologies of desire” Organization, 14, 3, 2007, pp. 351-372.

  • Savigliano, Marta, Tango and the political economy of passion, Westview Press, Boulder, CO 1995.

  • Shrivastava, Paul Managing with passion. Manual for CAPS 497 capstone course, Bucknell University. 2007.

  • www.tejastango.com


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