El Tangauta interviews Chicho

2009 December 15
by Simba

ElTangauta182-ChichoAnother interesting interview with Chicho, and he elaborates on some of the same things as in the previous interview.

[The] milongueros had respect, delicacy and sensibility, it was totally different. I know my role is contradictory, because I also collaborated in generating this young movement. In its moment I got tired of the strict milonguero codes that didn’t correspond with my time and to rebel I tried to make my way. Today I’m a milonguero again (laughter); I’m against the people who do not cabecear (nod), who don’t have codes or respect. The value of tango has been diluted. That is why I say that many dancers are lost, they barely hold on to each other to dance and for two hours like zombies, it is very sad.

Mariano ‘Chicho’ Frumboli

Read the entire interview at El Tangauta, you need to register to download the pdf (issue 182). [Edit: It is now online here (direct link to the english translation)]

6 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 December 16

    Chicho makes some very strong statements in this interview. He accepts his responsibility for the lack of tango essence in the new movement. That’s big. He learned from milongueros, but didn’t pass on what he learned from them and got caught up in creating some new. I appreciate the fact that he admits the new tango lost respect for what tango is.

    I hope this interview is read by teachers as well as dancers and sends shock waves to the tango world. It’s about time the record was set straight about the nuevo tango movement.

  2. 2009 December 17

    He makes some strong statements indeed. And that is what makes these interviews so interesting. I don’t know about shock waves, but I do hope certain people take notice.

  3. 2010 March 7

    Thank you so very much for posting just a part of the interview and for sharing the link to our website with your subscribers. As you may know, since 1995, El Tangauta produces unedited, bilingual and exclusive material. Althought it’s distributed for free all over the world, it takes lots of our time, effort and money to make it. Some friends post the whole material without our authorization, probably with no knowledge of copyright issues and (even worse) without mentioning our credits.

    So thank you again for your generosity and knowledge.
    Warm regards from BA

  4. 2010 March 8

    Thank you for reading, and for publishing such a nice magazine. Linking is only common courtesy on the net, if you ask me.

    That said, I think you would have more people linking if you put the articles from the newest edition on the web, too, not only the old ones. Pdf files behind locked gates do not lend themselves well to linking.

  5. 2010 April 10

    Dear Simba: It’s a pleasure for me to surf your site. It’s well informed and shows respect, curiosity, emotions, doubts… I like it very much.

    Thank you for your words and for your valuable advise as well. Untill a couple of years ago we put all the articles on the web but we had at least 3 reasons to change our mind.

    Firs of all, it was exactly the same: lots of webs and blogs copied the articles without any link. Even more: some printed magazine have reproduced whole notes but ‘by other authors’ (can you believe it?) and, of course, without mentioning El Tangauta.

    On the other hand, the contents of each issue are on the web as soon as the next issue comes out. Most of our articles don’t lose validity from one month to the other. Our web is still registering lots of downloads of last year issues.

    Finally, each PDF contains information not included on the web nor in the printed magazine. PDF is another piece, with its own specific codes, among our media.

    El Tangauta’s the only magazine read for free all over the world for the last 15 years. The only thing we ask is to be asked for authorization before reproducing our material and we really think it’s not too much. But still…

    Copy-paste culture is and will remain a fact. World publishers are dealing with it the best we can. We keep trusting in people who read, the people we work for: sooner or later they know who, where, how and what.

    I appreciate your comment very much and I’ll keep it in mind.

    With my best regards,

  6. 2010 April 14

    Thank you for your kind words, Luz.

    I understand you had some problems with plagiarism, and you probably have some issues with advertisement, and I respect your decision.

    However, with the recent development of social media like Facebook and twitter, I think the value of direct likability is even greater than before, and makes the temptation to copy the entire thing greater. Just my two centavos 🙂

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