JD is first cab off the rank, with his Tango at Ten. Excellent news and hope you enjoy his first post:
I was aware of the tango but it was only after going to live in South America that I became fully aware of it.
There was a television channel called TangoTV and it was fascinating and informative but also insidious. Music from Carlos Gardel to Mercedes Sosa and old film of dancers in smoky bars revealed the soul of the music and I loved it.
I was hooked.
A colleague at work filled me in with more information. It was, he said, their equivalent of the Blues in the USA. The music of those at the bottom of the heap, the rural poor and the slaves in the north and the porteños in Buenos Ayres. They were down but they were most defiantly not out.
Most alluring of all was the dance form. As with the dancing to the music of the Blues, so with tango; it was the vertical expression of a horizontal desire and no attempt was made in either case to disguise the fact.
What you might have seen on your television screens is not the way tango should be danced. All stiff legged and stylised jerky movement, they resemble clockwork penguins. Too silly, I defy you not to laugh. The real thing is probably too uncomfortably erotic. There should be a smooth fluidity in the movements to give it the necessary sensuality.
Many years later, my friend TheDancingGirl was trying to teach me but her legs are longer than mine and illicit entanglement ensued.
As far as I know, TangoTV no longer exists but there is this which could be a development of the idea – and this [below] could be the future, who knows?
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