Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tango - the healing embrace

The content is mostly clarifying the facts we maybe came across earlier but it is good to fresh up the facts again!

.... and go to the milonga!

Monday, September 21, 2015

MARIA Y SEBASTIAN - Vals of the day

Quite not bad.       

(a Finnish expression of admiration at highest level)

Published on Jan 19, 2014
Maria Inés Bogado y Sebastián Jiménez, bailan "Dichas Que Viví", Orquesta de Rodolfo Biaggi, en la II Gala Aniversario de MIlonga "Tango Obsesión" de Puerto Montt, Chile. Sábado 11 de Enero, 2014.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sebastian y Maria Ines - Vals

Sebastian and Maria Ines are among the highest stars on my vals sky and this time on the pista during the 2nd Shanghai Tango Marathon,

Their ability to create a flow with delicate changes in speed and still keep the performance live and interesting. They are exeptionel and they are great!

Sebastian Ariel Jimenez y Maria Ines Bogado

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Milonga - A Tango Project

A piece of mesmerizing stage tango and an interview with Sidi Larbi!

I find especially the beginning of this video extremely beautiful. There is a kind of bigger movement  surfing around on the group of dancers created by the individuals moving differently.

Guardian about the whole performance called Milonga

For Cherkaoui, 
the key image of tango is the dancers' close embrace, the motor of all their physical communication; it's this image that dominates the opening sections. Video footage of couples pressed together in a dance hall segues into the first live duet, which has two dancers moving in similarly intimate accord. Rather than facing front, the couple dance back-to-back, and in that startling reversal of tradition Cherkaoui makes us feel afresh the frisson of the dancers' mutual sensuality and trust.

(The whole article is enbedded here, click this line!)

Monday, September 14, 2015

At Bennie Bartels' Tango/Feldenkrais WS

According to the information we got before the workshop, Bennie Bartels has a background as a professional dancer and a Feldenkrais practitioner.

With his own words about the subject:

"My focus in my teaching has always been to come to a deeper and more meaningful understanding of this "exotic" dance, to hand people clear and simple tools and a body awareness, to enable dancers to do what they want.
Understanding how grounding, uprightness, tension, travel of force through the body, intention and organisation, to be light but substantial, touch and energy work, is essential to dance a satisfying, pleasuralbe and communicative tango.

Feldenkrais is a non-corrective, exploring and playful technique through awareness and sensing. It is not static or abstract but works with process, movement and function (direction).
It is the best technique I have found in all these years of exploring movement and dance, that gives a great and helpful insight in all these processes. At the same time preventing injury and keeping you fit and with energy for your daily life.

The moving, dynamic and grounding side of the tango, next to a meaningful connection and a two way communication to create the music of the dance, is what I find very important to make people learn and understood.

The combination Tango and Feldenkrais create a philosophy for me, of an approach and a way of learning in which each person creates his or her own individual and unique style and dance".

We had 10 + 1 hours of training during this weekend with 2 h Feldenkrais and the 8+1 hour tango related exercises and games. The group had different backgrounds but he managed to keep us together quite well during these hours.

When I compare his pick of the teaching items, the methods and the pedagogical take with my earlier experiences with different teachers he is doing extremely well, especially on the connection issues and integrating the movements. Some of the delicate insights of technique and the responsibility of process within a couple were also well addressed during the hours.

Bennie and two students working on an abrazo exercise.

Two of my favorite principles we were working with!

The elbow management: If we both are stabilizing the elbows slightly in front of us - not stiff but stable - the feeling of connection is more easily created.

The integrated movement: We had several exercises and games to create a movement which involved the whole body. Many times we are creating the movement by moving just an isolated part of the body - we move the feet and the leg is moving from our hips - but the rest of the body is still. If the leader is just moving his leg and his chest is still it is impossibly for the follower to know what is happening. With his long experience Bennie could find different ways to explain and get us on board.

My special gratitude goes to his work to give the followers tools to take the responsibility for their own position and situation!

Thanks to you Fotini for organizing this weekend and Bennie for the insights!

The earliest youtube videos I found were from 2008 so he has been active with tango - as a dancer and teacher - for a long time.

I just love these sidesteps!  I found this video on Bennies homepage too.

Bennies homepage:

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Our Last Tango - about Copes & Nieves


A film about one of the mesmericing historic couple!

This video is more about the time when they were active in the 1974
Tango was danced in a different way and the technique and visual beauty ideals were different at that time but still you can get an idea why they were apreciatied!

(the dancing starts about 3:20 - but the  historical milieu in the beginning is fascinating too)

A story and an interviews are to be found at todotangos site at this address:

      Then a inexperienced and daring young dancer, that she later 
would know that his name was Juan Carlos Copes
discovered her at the Estrella of Maldonado

His life and dancing by his own words:

There is a Tengo una pregunta para vos - done with Maria Nieves but it is without any English subtitles -  but for you with skills in Spanish please enjoy!

This is the part 1 of 3!

Friday, September 4, 2015

TANGO BA final result

Finals for this year are as follows:

Campeones de Tango de Pista 2015

Campeones de Tango Escenario 2015   

                                    The dance starts at 4.50