The origins of 'Tango Nuevo'

When I heard about the Dinzel book, I thought it was sort of a curious project. Working through all possibilities of tango steps, charting them out in elaborate diagrams with circles and arrows in all directions demonstrating the vast space of choreographic possibilites. I had a look at the book at a friend’s place several years ago, but it felt somehow disconnected to how I experienced the dance. [Read More]

Interview with Mariano 'Chicho' Frumboli

by parakulturado [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. [Read More]

Up and down

by Scott Ableman -Have you been practicing tango nuevo? Guilty as charged. He knew immediately. And it was not because I used an open embrace, we were practicing milonga, using a very confined embrace. I often wonder why people get so hang up on the somewhat arbitrary distinction between open and close embrace (all teachers, both “nuevo” and others usually promote very close embrace at times, but for some figures it is not possible to maintain the closest embrace. [Read More]

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]

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.