Valeria Solomonoff (CBA ’17) founded and co-directed the first all-woman tango company, TangoMujer, which received two NEFA grants and performed internationally to rave reviews from 1996 until 2006. Since then, with her shows Tango Intimo, nominated for two ACE awards for best direction and best production, and Tango por Ellos which received an ACE Award for best choreography, Solomonoff has continued to find ways to strip tango of its stereotypes while displaying its choreographic complexity.
She received HOLA outstanding choreography awards for Tango Fever and for Doña Flor y sus Dos Maridos, choreographed for the film The Caller starring Frank Langella and Elliott Gould and was twice recipient of awards as best soloist at Argentine dance festivals. As a performer Solomonoff was chosen to dance for the president of Argentina at the Metropolitan Opera House, shared the stage with Placido Domingo and the Washington Opera and performed with some of the world’s leading tango dancers for films and on TV. Recognized by The New York Post as one of New York City’s top tango teachers, she is currently an adjunct professor in the Drama Department at NYU Tisch.
Distilling chemistry: getting to the heart of partnering
At CBA, Solomonoff worked to transplant from Argentine tango what is arguably its most valuable contribution to the dance world — its ability to connect partners in an endless loop of improvisation where the roles of leader and follower blur –- into ballet and enhanced the connection of what we often perceive as chemistry in a pas de deux.