Silencio

Silencio (1) by entropiK, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License by  entropiK

El que hace bien el silencio, hace bien el tango (Who plays the silence well, plays the tango well) > > Osvaldo Requena > > > >

My favorite quote from the outstanding Café de los Maestros documentary. I just wanted to watch it all over again as soon as it was finished. ¡Que sentimiento! ¡Que pasión!

Reinvention

Poetry HackLab by pallotron, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License by  pallotron

"Those who don't understand [Tango] are condemned to reinvent it, poorly." > > – Henry Spencer (about Unix) > >

I believe Miguel Angel Zotto to have said something along the same lines, that if you do not understand tango, how can you possibly improve it? I can’t seem to find the reference, though.

Technique vs. Feeling

by my hovercraft is full of eels Which one is most important? Technique or dancing with feeling? I sometimes get the impression that tango dancers are divided in two camps, the technique camp and the feelings camp. The first emphasizes the technical matters of the dance, the latter paying solely attention to the feeling. As long as we can hug each other, all is well ;-) Both seemingly ignoring the other point of view completely. [Read More]

The tyranny of novelty

by Jacob Bøtter The man who has journeyed all over the world can't find any novelty in five thousand miles, for he finds only new things -- yet another novelty, the old routine of the forever new -- while his abstract concept of novelty got lost at sea after the second new thing he saw. _The Book of Disquiet (171) by Fernando Pessoa_ As in fashion, people in dance seem always to be chasing the new black. [Read More]

Putting the baby to sleep

I quite recently became a father, and the poor child is exposed to a lot of tango music, naturally. (And I get out to dance less, hence the blog writing.) Before he was born, I used to talk about how we would practice walking together, he and I. Now this is how it turned out: The scene: Unpatiant 12 days old boy, waiting for his mother to get ready for breast-feeding. [Read More]

More on less

I just read an interview with this year’s campeones, Daniel Nacucchio & Cristina Sosa (congratulations, and nice to see Neri & Yanina did well also :-) - Well, he quoted old milonguero wisdom: El que menos hace, a veces es el que hace más Which means something like, the one who does less, sometimes is the one that does more. (Forgive my translation, neither Spanish nor English is my native language). [Read More]

More or less?

To quote Mies van der Rohe, less is more. As in architecture, this is very true in tango, I think. I was always accused of being subtle in my dancing (I always suspected it to be a euphemism for unclear, vague or not present). To my great surprise, after many years learning to dance the milonga - yes learning the milonga, more on this later - one of the things I really had to work on being more subtle. [Read More]

Gavito Dixit

Gavito Dixit I ¿Bailaste el tango de tu vida esta noche? No bailes más… El tangauta #129 Gavito Dixit II El tango está entre paso y paso, allí donde se escuchan los silencios y cantan las musas. El tangauta #130 Gavito Dixit III El hombre debe saber que baila para ella,y al hacerlo, hace que ella se vea como una reina. Sólo así será el rey. El tangauta #131 [Read More]