Korean table top dancing. I love it when they keep things small.
Whether you think of rolfing, pilates or alexander technique, the way you hold and move your body is important for your life not just your dancing. Watching this video, I couldn’t help but notice how many of the ideas for posture are present in my Tango, the way I’ve learnt it and the way I teach it.
When I started taking my dancing more seriously and doing more classes and especially when I started to teach I started a journey of searching constantly for things that would help explain and improve the way the body was used to connect and dance. Pilates, dynamic alignment, stretching, yoga, dance imagery were all things that I looked into and continue to do so.
Wednesday 7th December is the last installment of the pop-up class and practica at Goodenough College in Bloomsbury. The dancing time has been extended, music will be in tandas and cortinas as always and we will definately be paying a trip to the bar between dances. Sound like fun? Come and join in.
I will be teaching a Vals workshop with Matias de Valentin Alsina in Arras, near Lille on the 27th November. More info (in French) here
I think it was in 2009 I first saw Tanguarda, it was at the Barbican just before the Cafe de Los Maestros concert and they were playing in a space for everyone to hear. Off I went with my usual reservations. Another group of musicians trying to add their mark to Piazzolla (that’s like trying to do more with Baroque architecture), playing music that’s not for dancing but listening but still trying to get everyone to dance to it. They started with a Piazzolla track and I thought “ok, here we go.”
As I listened their sound floated around me and seduced me with a bow to provenance, tenderness and flavour. They weren’t trying to do more with Piazzolla, they were themselves playing Piazzolla. These were musicians from Europe with a feeling for the music of Buenos Aires, not unheard of but very rare.
“So they can play Piazzolla. Are they going to play something danceable?” my Tango Aunty voice said inside. I should say that it’s not that I don’t think Piazzolla is danceable, it is, well some of it and all of it if you’re a contemporary dancer, but unless you are very tuned into the sound and feeling or know the music, it’s really hard. Put that on a dancefloor and alot of the time it’s a tangle waiting to happen.
“and now we’re going to play something more traditional, please come and dance…” said Maria, the pianist. This was the chance to nurture this seedling of hope they’d planted, and they didn’t disappoint. I didn’t dance that evening, but I feasted on the equivalent of a entree in my favourite restaurant. Tanguarda were great to listen to and I saw the floor relax and flow to their music, something that isn’t so easy to acheive.
I had a message through from Maria this week and they are back playing two dates in London with a new line up, including Juanjo Mosalini, the son of Juan Jose Mosalini (who played in the Cafe de Los Maestros concert). This is more contemporary stuff with a focus on the work of Gustavo Beytelmann, definately worth catching.
Sunday 16th January, 6pm: Chelsea Arts Club, 143 Old Church Street SW3 6EB.
bookings 0207 376 3311
Monday 17th January, 7:30pm: Bob Boas Concert series(Music at Mansfield Street)
bookings 0207 436 0344