Taste of Freedom at Walzerlinksgestrickt

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Tangotourist in Berlin, Summer 2014

Tonight we went to Milonga Ballhaus Walzerlinksgestrickt. A formal room with gold columns and red velvet. At first it seemed a bit stiff and I felt my skirt was too short. But it turned out to be a very free atmosphere. The lights were low. The level was mixed, and it was not an intimidating dance floor for beginners. Moreover, there wasn’t any scowling or attitude.

Now that I am home at 4:30am and it is getting light, and I have eaten two punnets of blueberries, I have a profound realization which is that I experienced for the first time with Aurélie the kind of revelling I talk about all the time, which is the way that the revel can set the mark free.Because she takes care of her body, I am free to be much more musical, much better at managing traffic, and explore combinations I haven’t used before.

It’s an experience I’ve imagined and hoped for, but not experienced until tonight.

Here she is, dancing with Armin.

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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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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.

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