Tango and minimalism: los milongueros viejos

Less is more.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Minimalism has been around for decades in art, design, and music.  Minimalism refers to anything that is spare or stripped down to its essentials.

The milongueros viejos are minimalists.  I thought about this recently while watching Ismael Heljalil dancing in Lo de Celia.  He walks and turns, focusing on the essentials —  the music and his partner.  His tango isn’t cluttered.  It’s simple and elegant.

Ismael with Felisa in Lo de Celia



5 Responses to “Tango and minimalism: los milongueros viejos”

  1. Bob Says:

    I have enjoyed watching Ismael dance. Simple and elegant is a good way to describe it. Can you post a video of him dancing. Thanks

  2. jantango Says:

    My favorite video is here

  3. R. Bononno Says:

    He is one of my favorite milongueros. There are a few videos of him dancing on line, but not many. I was first introduced to him through the Tango and Chaos site, where Rick has posted a couple of videos of Ismael.

  4. Practica El Beso Says:

    Ismael Heljalil has in my view one of the most beautiful dances out there. His elegant style, navigation, and ‘minimalism’ are sublime. Thank you Ismael for all the beautiful tandas!!

  5. Patricio Says:

    I’ve gone to Lo de Celia and La Nacional specifically to watch Ismail. His navigational skills and linear musicality are incredible.

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