Tango documentary

The five-part series with tango teachers in Rosario, Argentina (subtitled in English) includes:

What is the tango?

A brief history of the tango.

First tango experiences.

The tanguero.

The tango embrace.

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5 Responses to “Tango documentary”

  1. b Says:

    Thanks for posting the link to that series.

    IMHO Mr. Leche nailed it perfectly when he said, “It’s like, you have to look for something to fall in love with, so you can just let it carry you.”

  2. Chris Says:

    Interesting that almost all these responses to “What is the tango?” assume the question to refer to dancing, rather than the wider meaning – music. The respondents are described as “tango instructors” but perhaps they are actually just dance instructors.

  3. b Says:

    Also interesting that there is no remotely decent tango dancing in these videos. When you see the kids doing the nuevo stuff, there seems to be no musicality or interest in the music, which is probably why none of them answer, “Tango is a type of music.” Even the older couple seem like they are dancing on the stage downstairs at La Ideal rather than at a milonga. Nonetheless there are good attempts there at discussing the origins of the music.

  4. b Says:

    And when I see them talking about the “millions of different embraces,” I have this distinct feeling that they don’t know what an embrace is, which is taking someone INTO your arms and hugging them against your body. I would say there is ONE kind of embrace, even allowing for the popular-outside-of-BsAs “diagonal” embrace. It’s an EMBRACE.

  5. Chris Says:

    When you see the kids doing the nuevo stuff, there seems to be no musicality or interest in the music, which is probably why none of them answer, “Tango is a type of music.”

    Indeed. Hoping for something about their relationship with the music I skpped to “Part 4: The Tanguero” … only to find they’ve redefined tanguero to mean “tango dancer”. I hear this kind of stuff from people here in the UK for whom tango is only what they’re taught in dance classes advertised as “tango classes” by instructors having no interest in the music … but it is sad to hear it from Argentines.

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