I could watch this over and over again. ‘Tango for export’ wasn’t only sensual, it was skill, engagement and playing together.
Alguien le dice al tango
Tango que he visto bailar
contra un ocaso amarillo
por quienes eran capaces
de otro baile, el del cuchillo.
Tango de aquel Maldonado
con menos agua que barro,
tango silbado al pasar
desde el pescante del carro.
Despreocupado y zafado,
siempre mirabas de frente.
Tango que fuiste la dicha
de ser hombre y ser valiente.
Tango que fuiste feliz,
como yo también lo he sido,
según me cuenta el recuerdo;
el recuerdo fue el olvido.
Desde ese ayer, ¡cuántas cosas
a los dos nos han pasado!
Las partidas y el pesar
de amar y no ser amado.
Yo habré muerto y seguirás
orillando nuestra vida.
Buenos Aires no te olvida,
tango que fuiste y serás.
Tango that I have seen danced
against a yellow sunset
for those were capable
of other dance, of that of the knife.
Tango of that Maldonado
with less water than mud,
tango whistled to pass
from the driver’s seat of a car.
Carefree and cheeky,
always you should look straight ahead.
Tango that became to you happiness
to be a man, to be courageous.
Tango that you went to to be happy.
as I also have done.
according to what the memory tells me;
the memory that was the oblivion.
After this yesterday, how many
things have happened to the two of us!
The fissures and sorrow
of loving and not being loved.
I would be dead and I would continue
Passing over our life.
Buenos Aires I don’t forget you.
Tango that went and will be.
Lyrics: Jorge Luis Borges
Translation: Marissa Colón-Margolies
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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?
When it’s not working
When you think you’re not good enough.
Remind yourself that you’re dancing tango
and that it can be the best you want it to be.
Thank you Gabrielle.
The pulse of the milonga,
the beating heart of the music.
Pumping life through your veins.
forget the cold,
Because the pulse of the milonga,
is your beating heart.
And your heart is alive
being with friends,
dancing in abrazos
to the pulse of the milonga…
Play this on mute if you can. The sound is no use for why I think this is how an embrace should envelop a woman.