https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmuTksCQP5w Just a quick one, I had to share these guys - love it.
The other side of an evening of tango is when it goes wrong. I try to be philosophical about these times but... well in this case I waxed poetic: Mournful beat of a heart that is not mine,Alone in the crowded room, Packed tight among the writhing crush,Ungainly steps faltering, clashingDiscord among harmonyA dodgem amidst the waltz. Despite feeling so smallThere is nowhere to hide!
They say write about what you know...so I did. In my free time away from the keyboard I dance. Not in a club with ear shredding music but a social space where people can dance and talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnt77ZIh8Ug Tango has been a part of my life for more than fifteen years. Depending on the time … Continue reading Friday Evening…
Finally, my personal favourite: the Milonga. Typically Milonga is fast, joyful and energetic as in the first video. It can also be a wonderful slow dance, as in the second clip - again to a personal favourite composer, Hugo Diaz. Milonga is a slightly earlier form of tango. The difference between the Milonga and the … Continue reading Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 3
The next form of Tango - still very much part of the canon and very popular is the Vals or tango waltz. It is danced to a waltz beat and some of the style borrows from the classic ballroom waltz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a-o0M8JJfc
In an earlier piece I tried to make the case that dance is a universal human activity that would survive a societal calamity. I think that, given the historical evidence, that is probably true. Next question is what kind of dance would survive? I have assumed in Renaissance that the Tango, famously from Argentina, would … Continue reading Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 1
I have made use of dance in my plot, because, well, it has a long tradition of appearing in literature. Dancing allows people to be intimate, almost private, in a public space, it is a good opportunity to converse - used to great effect by Jane Austen for one. All very convenient for moving a … Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 4: Dance