Empty movement

2009 February 4
by Simba

[empty] by bass_nroll, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License by  bass_nroll

As you probably know, tango is not merely a dance. Among other things, the dance is also a language. It is not like a language, because the different movements have different meanings, which can be used for actual communication. It is not a metaphor. However, when people copy movements without realizing the underlying meaning, the result is movements with no meaning. Empty movement.

Or even worse, you may be saying something without knowing it.

It is somehow like writing calligraphy for decoration only, selecting the “nice letters”, not knowing the meaning of what you are writing. How about a tattoo reading “A fool and his money are easily parted” or “Prostitute” in Chinese? Don’t laugh, it recently happened that a science journal used an ad for a brothel to decorate the front page of a special issue on China. They thought the letters “looked nice”.

So be careful with your tango, remember its mythical origin…

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