White powder vs. Tango Argentino

Powder Mountain Perspective from Ian Provo on Vimeo. Common (could be pro or con, depending…): Balance Rhythm Dissociation Improvisation Flow Max 12 min. rush Addictive Skiing pros Fresh air Beautiful mountains Keeps you in shape Skiing cons Avalanches Weather dependent Cold, dress accordingly Tough ascents Heavy on the knees Practical clothing [Read More]

Rose in mouth

by alyssathiele The tango cliché of dancing with a rose in the mouth is quite fascinating. It is everywhere, and everybody doing argentine tango wants absolutely nothing to do with it. But where does it come from? I have often seen it associated with the silent movie star Rudolph Valentino, and suggested that it first appeared in the movie Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921). So being curious, I had to check this out. [Read More]


by Kaptain Kobold It’s the year of Darwin this year. In a radio show, different scientists were discussing Darwin’s impact on their fields. The art historian made a point out of the fact that after Darwin, people no longer expected the evolution to be linear, or directed towards a specific goal. Always improving. It became clear that modern art would change, take different forms. The direction of change would be an other matter entirely. [Read More]

Empty movement

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. [Read More]

Last.fm cleaning up

Last.fm spy records on my mp3 tastes (1 by aldask, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License by  aldask

Last.fm are finally cleaning up their metadata, or at least they have started. If you are on last.fm, why don’t you help out by voting for Rodolpho Biagi to redirect to Rodolfo Biagi? (follow the link to faulty spelling, vote at the bottom right). And while you are at it, if you are also a tango dj, why don’t join the group tangodj?

Information on tango music has gotten better lately, and a sample from top Pugliese tracks seems reasonable:

More on reinvention

by oschene After discussing my short post on reinvention in the comments, I decided to write a new post discussing the matter. Here is the quote again: "Those who don't understand [Tango] are condemned to reinvent it, poorly." – Henry Spencer (about Unix) First I thought of it as a warning against setting out to reinvent or improve something that you do not fully understand, as it will be futile. [Read More]


marathon sacrifice by darkmatter, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License by  darkmatter

So what’s with this marathon thing that seems to be spreading across Europe? I never found anything positive about marathons, running and sweating for hours on asphalt with no break and being totally destroyed afterwards?

Of course, people may dance as they like. Myself, I prefer a nice milonga, champagne at the table, nice and clean clothes, nice and calm. Having a ball. Walking.