Why rebel?

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A rebellion is a daring and dangerous effort to disrupt the current state of affairs in loyalty to a deeper truth.

I’m not saying I’ve got the only bead on truth, or depth.

What I do, how I teach, and what I write is an expression of my commitment to the best and richest tango I have experienced and can imagine. Honoring this commitment, I often take uncomfortable, unpopular, and unstrategic positions.

This is not because I like to upset people.

It’s because I think too often we conform to situations that are not in our best interest or in the interest of growing and caring for our community, and finding the richest possible expression of ourselves, our art, and our precious lives. I dare to make a mess in the interest of creating space for other people to explore, to express. I see it as a community service.

Some of the deeper truths I serve:

  • The most sublime and healing aspect of tango is connection between two human beings.
  • Tango can be joyful and lighthearted.
  • Dancing both roles expands us technically and experientially.
  • The participation of gay and transgender people in tango enriches our experience of the connections between dance, community, sensuality, and gender performance
  • The same technique applies to dancing across the continuum of embraces and movements. Talk about “styles of tango” is divisive and inaccurate. There is one tango and it is alive.

My blog is intended to make space to reflect on, investigate, question, and develop tango as a global living art and community, to cherish the precious delight and connection tango offers and to expand it generously.

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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Power is the courage, confidence, and competence to make things happen. I want to create in a way that’s incomparable and define my own compensation package. You too?

Syntax of Power is a raw, potent, and spare revelation of how I got to where I am and how I take on the struggle every day.

This book is not about tango, it’s about everything else.

It’s about stepping into the darkness of change, learning how to take care of yourself, and making things happen.

Dyv stands for Duro y Vio. We were inspired by a 2007 conference at Harvard University about tango as a transnational culture. Also we wanted to create something that would help people to imagine a queerer tango. We forbid ourselves to use the word ‘passion’ and instead tried to articulate the experience more precisely.

Argentine Tango is more than an elaborate and difficult dance, it is an international culture of intimacy, desire, and dignity. No mere romance or memoir, the intricately woven stories evoke tango’s true mysteries … the elation, the frustration, the compulsion…

We published the book in 2009. Dancers asked “how did you know what I was feeling?”

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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