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Authenticity & Buenos Aires
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Renaming the Roles
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Another Improvisation: Interview with pianist Dietmar Schlabertz "At first when I started to do it like this. I only wanted to have time between to open the new piece. With time the improvisation grows, having its own character. It's no longer an opening only. Now the improvisational part is only a little shorter than the piece after it."
Retrospective: The First Post Selecting a few posts to reprint in Until Forever, I re-read my first blog post ever. It was a bit startling to realize that most of the things that concern me about tango today are things I realized from the very beginning. It’s a little embarrassing to realize that I continued despite knowing what I [...]
TangoForge Tour 2020 This year, we will attend more neotango events, and offer our seminars on Fridays adjacent to the workshops. We will do full weekend workshops in Sweden, Frankfurt, and Berlin. Please check the schedule (still under construction) on the AGENDA page.
Was ist Neotango? in EN Viele verschiedene Wörter werden verwendet, um den Tango nach dem Goldenen Zeitalter zu beschreiben: Nuevo, Electro, Neo, Alternativ, Zeitgenössisch, Con-Tango, Fusion … Einige Leute verwenden sogar den Begriff „Non-Tango“. Einige dieser Begriffe haben bereits historische oder sprachliche Bedeutung. Einige haben keine klare oder vereinbarte Bedeutung. Der Begriff „Neotango“ wird in Europa immer gebräuchlicher [...]
What is Neotango? Many different words are used to describe post-Golden Age tango: nuevo, electro, neo, alternative, contemporary, con-tango, fusion ... Some people even use the term 'non-tango'. The term 'neotango' is becoming more common in Europe, and its meaning is becoming more interesting. As I've learned more, I feel that it would help us to have some clarity and consensus where possible about these terms,
What is Fusion? Interview with Bo Wang of Angel City Fusion For many people the music played at the various social dance schools is a bit strange. When they find Fusion, they are dancing to contemporary pop music and they say “Oh, this is the thing. This is the kind of music I want to dance to.”
DIY Orquesta Típica: Interview with Korey Ireland about the Community Tango Orquesta movement In the music of the 30s and 40s, the advantage of an Orquesta Típica is that relatively simple things sound full and exciting. The idea of the Community Tango Orquesta is to create music in a way that fits the expectation of dancers in a milonga, and create it without the need to make money on it.
Alarm Some readers have responded to recent posts with alarm. They perceive a darkness. That’s because I decided to take a serious look at tango. While I was calibrating my dusty social science equipment, people kept dropping by to to me about their pain. I am the one who is alarmed. I found a lot of [...]
No means no Like women who would like to be able to say "no" or "not now" with just a gesture –twisting the torso away– and have that well-perceived by amorous dates, Marks would like to be able to say "no" with their eyes and body language, and not have to deal with a verbal or otherwise unavoidable request.
Pleasures of the Cabeceo The cabeceo is promoted as a way to avoid embarrassment and non-consenual dances. But it's not only a prophylactic, it also has pleasures of its own.
Pain games Is it my ochos? Is it my smile? My friends are skinnier and younger and more charming than me. Is it my dancing or my personality?
Out the Other Side Heroin is a beautiful experience too. So is red wine. That doesn't make them not addictive. That doesn't make the addiction not destructive.
The hardest job in Tango Argentines did not get Tango out of Argentina and build a global community so that we can go dancing every night all over the world. Local organizers did that. They are the the heros to admire.
Meeting your Dream We met on 1.August 2014. There was no middle-ground halfway between our lives in Sydney and Berlin. There was no time to hesitate. We both knew how hard it was to develop without a partner. And we had a taste of what our connection could be.
Gentrification Berlin's venerable dance-hall, Clärchens Ballhaus, is endangered. The building is protected, but the activities which fix it in the fading constellation of Berlin Bohemianism, are not.
FIskabäck Österlen Sverige July 5-7, 2019 The second TangoForge Seminar Compañeros for 2019 and the fifth gathering of TangoForge Sverige took place at the beautiful Fiskabäck retreat center in the Swedish Österlen from 5-7 July, 2019. The focus of the workshop was improvisation with tango customs and patterns, specifically the three giros, molinete lineal, and adornos. Vio y Jessica performed on [...]
The Merry-go-round I watch the milonga. What are we waiting for? An angel to fall from the ceiling into my lap. Because none of these mortals here please me, nor I them. Some ancient thing, some vestige, someone else’s dream – anything that will embrace me, lift me from this chair, and make the merry-go-round spin once [...]
Treasure We had done this ritual for longer than we had danced, with our mothers and grandmothers and every lover we'd ever touched. A ritual as deeply connecting as any embrace, and any dance we would do.
Hope Whisperers (and Italy food guide) It seems that tango may survive. We were delighted and astonished to find students wanting to concentrate on learning sophisticated technique, changing roles, preferring diverse music, and even a few hotshots daring to be creative (again)....
Why Learn All of Tango Most Revels tell me they are terribly bored on the dance floor because each Mark seems to repeat a small number of sequences. Although the set of sequences varies among the Marks, “he has a nice embrace and good technique, but after two songs I know exactly what he’s going to do.” Our rapture with [...]
The strength of a Tanguera This is a cycle we are all accustomed to. We tango dancers pride ourselves on managing our jealousy with strength, with retribution, with ritual games, with "codes" of etiquette. We believe this strength and savvy calculus buys us something valuable and precious.
Are you doing the right dance? Argentine Tango vs. Zouk: What part of your body do you want to move? What do you want to show off? What shoes do you want to wear? And do you really want to surrender?
The Hard Sell Unfortunately tango's backward gender politics did not turn out to be its only anti-social gesture. As a student and then a professional, I learned that tango is a profoundly anti-ethical industry.
New Year’s 2019: Fuel for your Fire I never know what to do on New Years Eve. I’m skeptical about the value proposition of expensive parties. I skirt the silent sharp dagger of another year’s lack of a midnight kiss. When I do go out, I worry that I didn’t choose the right party, that I haven’t placed myself in the most [...]
Let’s Make Tango Popular Milonga Popular is an extraordinary tango project. Founded by Sven Elze and Pedram Shahyar in 2013, Milonga Popular has proven to be a sustainable and successful model for building new tango communities. This year, Sven and I have spent many hours working together to analyze and articulate exactly what are the questions and lessons which [...]
Buscamos – The Search She imputes joy to my movement which is in fact the urgent beating of wings to fly aimlessly in a storm that never ends.
The Lexicon and the art of Distillation Through years of study and practice I have developed the TangoForge technique. Like many teachers, I offer students “systems” for learning. Since many teachers have developed some kind of personal system for teaching tango, students are rightfully confused. It is possible to create many different systems for describing the same thing. Each of these systems [...]
Searching for the Italian in Argentine Tango: second entry The "something", I believe, is the fire of urgency. And this is what is missing in Europe, and it is what makes Americans relatively good tangueros. It is the desperation which drives you to invade a stranger with your personality and with the utter confidence that you are SEXY.
Altertango Tryst 2018 in Lotus Loft Klik hier für DEUTSCH We have been making experiments with Altertango throughout 2018 and we are now ready to host our first open event, Thursdays 25.Okt-29.Nov 2018 in Lotus Loft, Gerichtstraße 23, Aufgang 4. Dancers who have attended our experimental Altertango events describe the experience as “precious”, an unrepeatable, rare experience of connection with a [...]
Vogue Demaciado As a tango dancer, I have not been graced with the right body or the right beauty. Of course, I want to be the tango princess, with the skinny legs and the delicate shoes (except that I don't want that boring hair!). But I'm driven to create images that express my ethics, costumes which say something. This comes at the cost of traditional beauty.
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