After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
NEW "NUEVO TANGO" SACRIFICES TRADITION AND GRACE by Terence Clarke
In a well-written and perceptive article, Clarke calls tango nuevo in Buenos Aires playground tango. He cites Pablo y Dana's school, DNI on Corrientes as the perfect example of young students trying to change an old style that they know nothing about. A good point he made as that many women come to tango with a background in dance, and so can "manage" the moves. Not true with the men who often fling the women around like dead weights.
Clarke knows how to turn a phrase: There is a kind of...tribal European dance that many people believe is tango, which is indeed called tango, in which the basic precepts of Argentine tango dance are being ignored, things like a proper lead, following the music, knowing the history of the dance and the music, respecting your partner, dressing well.