Interview with Mariano ‘Chicho’ Frumboli

2009 November 23
by Simba
Chicho’s feet by parakulturado, on Flickr
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[T]oday there is a new generation that learned to dance 2,3 or 5 years ago, who only know how to do the new styles, the ganchos, the colgadas, but who are not in contact with everything that came before, and I go to the milongas and I see people that know how to move but that don’t know how to dance, people don’t breathe tango like they did before.
–Mariano ‘Chicho’ Frumboli

In an interesting interview with Chicho, he talks about how he started working with Gustavo Naveira and Fabian Salas, his artistic development and the relationship and tension between the new things that they do and the ‘traditional’ tango.

It is very easy to agree on some of his statements, and he is certainly a dancer I respect, even if I found out that I do not really want to dance like him. I had the pleasure of dancing in front of him for an entire tanda at Niño Bien, and he was dancing very considerately in the social environment.

I found the parts where he discusses the periods with different partners and the corresponding artistic development particularly interesting, also Chicho on his weaknesses and strengths:

I believe that my best qualities have to do with my musicality, and obviously my creativity within that realm. I began as a musician and I continue to be one. The music is what move me on all levels, I need to feel it in order to be able to dance, and I believe that is visible in my dancing. And I believe my weakness has to do with my inhibition, I still don’t feel that I have exploited and showed everything I have to show, almost as if I haven’t been able to give myself completely as I would like to.

Finally, on dancing with women of different styles:

I don’t care with what style she dances, what interests me is that in the moment when we are dancing together, that we are having fun together in the moment, I need to feel good next to that person.
2 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 November 23

    I really appreciate that first quote from Chicho. Interestingly, having studied other dances my entire life, I feel like the past 2.5 years of tango have been the first time I have really *danced* (at least in the sense of real presence, emotion, and immersion in what I am doing).

    I am frustrated by some of the leaders I dance with who model their style after Chicho and lose the dance in all of the steps. One very talented leader was amazing the first time I danced with him, but lately I feel like he doesn’t bother really dancing, really connecting with his followers (or at least with me). Interesting dilemma.

    I’ll have to take a look at the whole interview. Thanks for pointing it out!

  2. 2009 November 24

    Thanks for commenting Modern Tanguera! It is an interesting dilemma. Is it because he doesn’t bother, or because he dares not?

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