Crosswalk: Performing the City as a Learning Experience

  • Raffaele Rufo
Keywords: Argentine tango, site-responsive performance, reverse public pedagogy, dance-based research, dance improvisation, somatic awareness


Crosswalk is a site-responsive performance conducted in the middle of a pedestrian crossing in the inner streets of Melbourne and exposed in the homonymous video attached to this article. The performance – an experiment with the duet dance form of Argentine tango – emerged out of a practice-based process of inquiry. My failed attempt to find my tango in the city while finding my place in the city through the tango becomes a drive to explore the nexus between learning and the experience of publicness and defuse the rationalist reliance on the isolated cognitive individual as the key pedagogical agent and target. I argue that, in Crosswalk tango worked (or could have worked) as a reverse public pedagogy through somatic connection not only between dance partners but also with the broader environment. Becoming vulnerable to the otherness of the outside world is one way of promoting diversity and fostering plurality.
How to Cite
Rufo R. (2017). Crosswalk: Performing the City as a Learning Experience. Journal of Public Pedagogies, (2).