‘Tango is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire.’ Angela Rippon
Argentine Tango Music and Dance
Claire Rüfenacht is both a tango dancer and a musician who plays in various tango ensembles. She is also interested in art therapy; her main job is in the field of cultural communication.
Rüfenacht teaches Argentine tango at L’AMAmusique and tango at the Cocogardel dance school (Good Move) in Lausanne.
She taught music to students at the House of Art and Culture in Plan-les-Ouates for six years, and to students at the College de Saussure for three years.
Rüfenacht gives tango workshops with a number of guest dancers such as Mario Di Camilis (Buenos Aires), Pedro Ratto (Buenos Aires), Yvan Schulz (Geneva), Emmanuel Castan (Geneva) Emanuel Saccomano (Buenos Aires), Thomas Poucet (Paris), Abdelhak Briki (Paris) and Lucas Di Giorgio (Buenos Aires). She pursues her training with regular trips to Buenos Aires and at international tango festivals in Europe. Rüfenacht creates bridges between tango music and dance through her expressive and educational music workshops for tango dancers.
On several occasions Rüfenacht participated in the choreography of dance performances (Fête de la Musique, milonga des Sciences et de Sens, Club Zou, Les Estivales de Meyrin, MuSaCa, Gala minor of the Fondation Henri-Dubois,Ferrière Dinu Lipati, Festival Antigel). In the spring of 2011, she created a multidisciplinary show with students from Collège de Saussure. In 2012 and 2014, she danced with Julio Balmaceda during her master classes in Geneva (Kap Danse).
She is the founding pianist of the Tango Sueno Quintet (2001-2008), and currently plays in two sets: Trio … Y su orquesta with Pedro Ratto and Emmanuel Castan on guitars and Alain Ray as guest bandonéon player, and in Cuarteto A Fuego Lento with Alain Ray on bandonéon, Omer Sipahi on violin and Tomas Fernandez on contrabass.
On account of Rüfenacht’s musical and dance experience, she is regularly invited to provide the music for milongas in held in Geneva (CAS, Club ZOU, Jardin anglais, Kap’danse, Milonga gourmande, Tango mon amour, …..), Lausanne (El Tango, Estación tango), Catania (Sicily, Milonga da Scenario), Paris (Le Chantier) and Buenos Aires (El Gardel Medellin), as well as at festivals and marathons in Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam, Sisteron, Mannheim, Köln and Sitges. As a member of the Openmilonga Association she organises the Perce-Oreille Marathon, an international tango event in Geneva.
Sensitive to the therapeutic properties of art, and to the benefits that creation brings to the individual, as well as to society as a whole, since 2014 Rüfenacht trained in art therapy. In 2015, she obtained a Certificate at the Atelier de Genève, in Intermodal Expressive Art Therapy. She obtained a professional degree with a specialisation in dance-therapy in September 2017.
Luis Semeniuk was born in 1979 in Buenos Aires (Argentina). He studied piano at the Conservatory of Music in Banfield (Argentina). He then joined Dominique Weber‘s class at the University of Music (HEMU) in Sion, Switzerland, and in 2005, obtained his degree in concert with honours.
Semeniuk’s early interest in composition lead him to join the contemporary music ensemble of the conservatory. He studied composition and orchestral conducting and participated in numerous premieres with young contemporary composers. As an accompanying pianist, his activities also extend to chamber music.
In Buenos Aires, Semeniuk studied tango piano with Nicolas Ledesma. In 2003, he co-founded the Tango Indigo quartet as a pianist and arranger. He is also interested in improvisation and jazz.
Semeniuk has performed in Switzerland, France, Italy and Argentina, in solo recital, chamber music, and as a soloist with orchestra.