Follow their connection, their music, their movement. See how different each one is, how tango is unique and in the moment.
Teté lived for the milongas, you would always see him and if he didn’t know you, he would make himself known to you. Each time in Buenos Aires, in every milonga, he would say hello and give me a kiss. This was Teté. He even had his own chair at the Centro Leonesa!
Why was he so important? Some people have called him one of the “old milongueros”, but I don’t think that he was part of the group of dancers that this phrase refers to. Perhaps it’s a case of semantics but he was definately a “milonguero”, he lived for the milongas. You would see him without fail, watching the floor, joking with his friends, dancing or having a cigarette outside. He made the milonga social, jovial, even for those who were visiting.
Here are some videos I found on YouTube, one is performance in the states when I think he was really at his best. I love the way he’s bashful at the end when taking his bow.
The other is part of a documentary, he talks about how he feels when dancing, but the best bit is at the end (7:10), you really see the real Teté, how playful he is and how he loves dancing. I will miss him for this, the energy he brought to the milongas, he really was one of the great personalities of Buenos Aires.
Pedro “Teté” Rusconi 7 January 2010, te abrazo maestro, y que tu alma baile para siempre en las milongas.