If you haven’t seen the trailer for “Abuelas” the short animated film I did in 2010, here it is. Its been doing the rounds impressing judges at many film festivals and has been nominated for a BAFTA at this year’s awards. Very excited and happy to have been part of this. Afarin (the director) I will be rooting for you on Sunday night!
The London Milonga & Practica Map has been updated for July 2010. With over 20,000 visits since its creation in 2008 this is the place to go for the lowdown on where to dance Tango in London.
To make the map more useful, a reviews section was added sometime ago, so why not leave a few words about your favourite milonga, or some constructive criticism? Organisers, you have the right to reply so keep an eye on your post! If you're a Tango blogger and have reviewed a milonga in London, post a link or your review and a link to the place you have written about.
Join us for the last Abrazos this summer, we go 'till midnight.
Nos vemos en la milonga!
starts not with a step, but by walking.
World Cup Tango thoughts…
- Chewing gum whilst you’re dancing
- Checking the time whilst you’re in the embrace,
- Forgetting that you’re in an embrace (eg thinking the woman’s arms are extension of your own and checking the time, scratching your head)
- Expecting a yes
- Not understanding a no!
- More than a step backwards
- Ignoring someone you’ve bumped into, stepped on, (what’s so wrong with saying “I’m sorry”?)
- Overtaking (why can’t you use the space you have?)
- Bad body odour/bad breath
- Teaching on the dance floor
- Inviting one woman to get rejected and then the lady sitting next to her
- Inviting a woman to dance whilst still mopping the sweat from your brow
- Taking it personally, if your invitation is rejected, especially if you haven’t used the cabeceo.
- Using the embrace to an unfair advantage.
Off-side (thus taking yourself out of play)
- Not using the cabeceo
- Ignoring the flow of the floor
- Ignoring other dancers on the floor
- Thinking you’re too cool for school (not respecting the rules)
- Fancy footwork with the ball (ie. dancing by yourself)
- A smile
- A bit of conversation between dances on the dance floor,
- A bit of conversation off the dance floor
- actually being interested in what you’re talking about.
- walking your partner back to where they were sitting.
- Not worrying if it doesn’t go according to plan…
- Thinking about the quality of your technique, not the quantity of your moves…
What do you think?
Today Argentina celebrates the bicentennial of the May revolution that paved it’s way to independence. In the past few days Buenos Aires has seen lots celebrations including a parade on its famous Avenida 9 de Julio, I’ve put a pic of 9 de Julio in because it’s just so big!
For more photos, the BBC have a slideshow of Saturday’s parade.
On 9 de Julio, there are a number of important buildings, one of which has been undergoing restoration and is opening in time for the celebrations. The famous Teatro Colón, where Piazzolla played in 1983 and Pugliese gave a historic performance in 1985, where numerous dancers carved their careers and everyone from Pavarotti to Nureyev performed. Now, I could put a load of Piazzolla vids up, but I wanted to choose some Pugliese for you this time because he’s not so known to people outside of Tango, and the sound couldn’t be more Tango.
Pugliese is so relaxed and lovely, not forgetting to pay tribute to his wife and fellow musicians, what a cool cat. The timing of this concert is also important because it was just after the military dictatorship had been ousted and really the beginning of the renaissance of Tango with people coming back to dancing and going to the milonga. With the reopening of the Colón and the bicentennial there’s also a reflective mood, I’m left wondering if there is going to be another renaissance?
Alberto Podestá is one of my favourite singers, a voice that is tender and full of feeling. His career has seen collaborations with the great orchestras of Di Sarli, Calo, Biagi and Laurenz to name but a few, leaving the reader with an impressive who’s who of Tango music. He appeared in “Cafe de Los Maestros” but wasn’t able to come to the Barbican for the concert last year.
The good news is that I found out he’s coming to Italy for some performances in May with Sexteto Stazo Mayor. Unmissable.
Saturday 22nd May ROME
More about Podesta.