Showing posts from August 16, 2009

Wish I was there... Tango Festival y Mundial de Baile 2009

It is with vicarious pleasure that I am following the Tango Festival in Buenos Aires - and here for the pleasure of others who cannot be there are some highlights. It began on 14th August. This video is a performance at the Teatro Avenida by Orquesta tipica El Porvenir, which is a youth orchestra made up of students from orchestras around the country and features Pablo Agri on the violin and dancers Gallo Ciego and Agustin Bardi. I also found this video of Daniel Nacucchio and Cristina Sosa who danced on the 15th August. Many Australians will be know these dancers from their recent visit. So much happening - check the program - and most of it is free. Our plan was to be there but circumstances prevented it so it is wonderful to be able to catch occasional highlights on Youtube. I'll post more as I find them.

musicality and intimacy or stunts and point-scoring

"What makes me wretched is that all these stunts, acrobatics, point-scoring and flashy displays of sexual availability are what matter. Musicality, phrasing, intimacy and actual sensuousness are what don’t." is the NY Times critic's summation of 'Burn the Floor' a dance performance in Manhattan choreographed by Australia's Jason Gilkison. I find his critique interesting as although I am constantly awe-struck at the acrobatics on shows such as 'So You Think You Can Dance' or the acrobatics performed as part of Stage Tango, I am rarely moved. He does not enjoy the tango which he describes as using 'every mock-tango ballroom cliche' and describes the performances as degrading the women and making the men look 'crassly manipulative'. Having not seen this show I can't add authoritative comments, but I do wonder where ballroom and tango are going... and what it will be like in 5 or 10 years time with shows such as SYTYCD promoting the s