Happy tango.. so right I want to cry: Tango Loft


Tangotourist in Berlin, Summer 2014

This milonga is so the way it should be that I’m in shock. Lots of girls dancing together, men skipping and giggling, all kinds of whimsical music, soltadas everywhere, a breadboard with shared bread, a kitchen, big bouquets of fresh flowers, couches, candles, cats. Nobody watching much. People dancing for themselves full stop.

Please see Thomas Conte’s perfect album of photos from this night. He captures the spirit of this place so well with this album. Thank you Thomas!

I dance a beautiful tanda with Aurélie after which I realized “well now I have to get better because that was as far as I can go with what I have.”

On the way home, I get the nicest compliment from one of the Marks: “I did movements with you that I have never done before.” Then the other one chimed in “it’s like you open possibilities.”

Photos of Aurelie and me by Thomas Conte.

Silences in history. Silences by code. Silences of fear. You already know that Tango’s silences can be sublime and they can be devastating.

What I do in my blog is use myself as a lens – sometimes a microscope, sometimes a telescope. I try to be as honest with myself and you as words concede. Then I try to find a deeper meaning and imagine a pathway for us.

A blog post can be a fragment, a wisp of inspiration, an outline for thinking. A book must complete and reconcile it all. Now I drag the social scientist to the scene to enumerate the facts of the case, the mystery which brought both stardom and tragedy to my life.

I invite you to join my resolution to take a look at the dark silences of Argentine Tango in our lives. It’s time.


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