Gabriel Missé and Natalia Hills in NYTimes (Again)

2010 October 27
by Simba

I meant to post this a while ago, and was reminded when I saw the amazing video from a performance at the Sydney Tango Salon Festival. Coincidentally, I met the organizers in Buenos Aires last year, small world it is 🙂 But that’s not the point, the point is that The New York Times once again publishes an interesting read about Gabriel Missé and Natalia Hills (The first view is for free, then you hit the paywall):

(…) at several points the audience bursts into applause, in awe at some dazzling footwork. But I also adore the most basic ways in which they make the tango extraordinarily sensuous. The fundamental step is simply a walk, but a walk that links two people, apparently by destiny. (…)

Their eyes seldom meet: they can dance with their brows touching and gaze lowered, or with Ms. Hills’s head nestling into the side of Mr. Missé’s neck, in the most intimate communion. Sometimes their bodies seem to touch all the way from brow to knee even as they march or glide along; sometimes there’s just enough space in their embrace for each to turn rapidly to either side, as when Ms. Hills wriggles responsively or when both dancers change directions, seemingly following conflicting impulses.

HT: Mariana/TP

3 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 October 28
    Chris permalink

    I am the only one who finds this dancing disturbingly detatched from the music? E.g. rushes such as at 2m13s that seems almost as if they are hearing a different piece.

  2. 2010 October 28

    I agree with Chris. But when you know that Gabriel’s early training was with Miguel Angel Zotto, his background explains it. Their dancing is not for the woman, but rather their opportunity to show what they can do. I saw Gabriel on stage with TangoX2 in New York City when he was 18. He goes through the moves and doesn’t connect with the music. He danced a vals and wasn’t on the beat of the music he knows. He has mastered fancy footwork that outshines the woman’s. He, like Zotto, memorizes choreography, incorporate little tricks, and doesn’t worry about dancing with the music.

  3. 2010 October 31

    @Chris: You probably listen to the music very differently. I think you are spot on in commenting that it is almost as if they are hearing a different piece. They (or you) probably are. I find it to be an amazing show, and very approprate with the music.

    @Janis: I don’t know about Gabriel’s performance in TangoX2 in NYC, but I find this performance to be a great show. Not like you would dance in a packed milonga obviously, but very nice. He loves his tricks of course, and sometimes get a little carried away (much like MA Zotto), but that is not the case here, IMHO. And to me, Natalia really shines here.

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