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Friday, 29 August 2008

Aurora and Hugo

Just found this stunning video of Aurora Lubiz and Hugo Daniel dancing to one of my favourites by Carlos Di Sarli with Alberto Podestá: Junto a tu corazón

PS. They're fabulous at milonga, too. I love them dancing to Canaro's Despues de quererla tanto (see video links).

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Tete @ Practica X

Here's Tete Rusconi, a true milonguero who feels the music in every cell of his body, having a great time performing a vals for his birthday at one of the "nuevo" venues in Buenos Aires.
Looks like he and his partner are having a blast.


Thursday, 14 August 2008

"A feeling that is danced" Discépolo

I've noticed an interesting phenomenon in our tango community of late - there's an increasing level of interest in and sensitivity for the music played in practicas and milongas - in particular the Golden Age music.

In the space of just a couple of days various comments were made quite independently from each other, and came, it seemed, out of the blue from several dancers. One person was saying that they didn't used to "get" Golden Age music until recently, but now the modern stuff just doesn't interest them much. Another was visibly annoyed when a tanda of tango - all Golden Age - wasn't coherent in their view. They felt that one of the tangos simply jarred when combined with the other three in the tanda.

These comments bring me back to an earlier posting in February: Two angles on the tanda. Let's face it, the music evokes a physical and emotional response. For most of us, that's why we feel like dancing, or for that matter .... sitting out a tanda. Hopefully, the DJ will generally be able to sense what the crowd needs at various stages of a milonga ... and respond to that so that the dancers feel they have engaged in a satisfying emotional experience, rather than a roller-coaster ride. Equally, too much of anything - music that is energetic, romantic, intense, etc. - simply leads to desensitisation and boredom.

Creating a mood at the start of a tanda, only to jolt dancers out of it within the very same tanda can feel like a slap in the face. Try this pair of Di Sarli tangos as an example: Nada followed by Shusheta. Lovely - but not together, please! Singers can make a huge difference, too. The orquesta of Ricardo Tanturi with the romantic voice of Enrique Campos, creates a totally different mood to Tanturi with the voice of the streets, Alberto Castillo.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2008

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