Showing posts from February, 2009

Tango traveller looking for a partner

In the last couple of weeks Rod from Western Australia has been posting on TangoAustralia looking for a partner for a number of Festivals in Europe and Northern America as he follows Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne. What a joy it would be to have the money and the time to do even half of what Rod is doing. If you haven't checked the forum on TangoAustralia recently and you will be in the northern hemisphere in the latter part of the year - then I suggest you do so before it is too late! The TangoCamps are offering a wonderful lineup, apart from Gustavo and Giselle.

Tango Extravanganza in London

Travelling to London in June? Check this out! Looks like fun.

Capital Tango - cold outside, warm inside

I spent the weekend with my partner and a few friends in Canberra. Apart from the 3 1/2 hour drive and the fact that Canberra goes round in circles and always looks like the entire town has gone on permanent vacation, it was a great weekend. As part of the National Multicultural Festival, Colectivo29, a tango band from Melbourne, were there to perform tango - which they did firstly at the open air concert in Garema Place and later at the Diamant Hotel (pictured at Garema Place) This band has a real feel for tango music and when they played the dancing classics they did it better than any Aussie band I have heard for a while. Like most they have a prediliction for Piazzolla, which when you want to dance is exasperating. The Saturday afternoon highlighted South American music and we were also treated the superb melodies of harpist Victor Valdez, a consummate musician I last heard at WOMADelaide in 2008.
The Canberra tangueras and tangueros were warm and welcoming. The Saturday evening ha…

Dancing tango staves off dementia

Just finished listening to a fascinating interview with Margaret Throsby on ABC radio on dementia and Alzheimers (my father is slowly slipping away so it is very interesting to me). [For those who don't know this morning interview on ABC classic FM combines the interviewee's choice of music - usually about 5 pieces - with the interview about their work or lives.]
The interviewee was Dr. Michael Valenzuela, a Chilean doctor of Psychiatry from the University of NSW. All his music choices were superb - including Inti Illimani and Gotan Project. When asked what we could do to keep our brains active and reduce the risk of contracting dementia ourselves, Dr. Valenzuela said 'dance'. As he pointed out dancing requires one to to think about using one's body, to co-ordinate the body with the brain and to remember how to move - all very important in staving off this disease.
This is fascinating so we may just follow it up with a story on Tangoaustralia.

Improvising and dancing tango

Some of us are better than improvising than others - I remember when I learnt a musical instrument - back in the days when everything was done to a syllabus, how difficult it was to improvise. Tango takes practise - as we all know and some find improvising very difficult. Check out this piece from Bob on Tango Salon Adelaide's blog for some good advice on how to start.

Tango - world heritage status

Not sure what I think about this, but thought you would be interested to know that Uruguay and Argentina are apparently lobbying UNESCO to grant tango world heritage status.
In an effort to formalise some aspects ''There are certain original elements that need to be preserved." is a statement attributed to Uruguay's Director of Culture in this newspaper story they have presented their case. Read this report in CBC News online. We will have to wait until September to find out if they are successful - and what the implications are, if any.