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.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Years and years ago, I happened to ask Gavito who he thought was the best female tango dancer in the world at that time, and he replied, Guillermina!
I first met her at Norah's Tango Week when she was teaching with her then husband, Roberto Reis. I've followed her career since, and she is an amazing dancer, a gorgeous woman, who can do many things, and does.
Her latest endeavor is Tango: Historias Breves which opened recently in New York. The New York Times gave Guillermina a good review, but didn't like the show, calling it Tango for Lady and Macho Tramp.
The clip below looks right out of a Ballet Theater piece by Twyla Tharp, or something by Julio Bocca. It's not tango, but adagio, and to the same old Piazzola that all "balletic" tango is danced to on stage. Don't get me wrong, but sometimes I wonder, without Piazzola, would there even be tango escenario?
However, the reviewer went ballistic because the first part of the show was set to music by Rachmaninov.
As I always say, if the music isn't tango, is the dance?
But who cares in the case of a stage show? What's important is the artistry, technique, vision, and entertainment value. And I'm guessing this show has all of that.
It's on tour, UCLA soon. Catch it if you ... want to!