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Some years ago, when Forever Tango (the original show, not the
revival) was in full swing, KET aired a program of selected dancers,
including Gavito and Marcela, with the "Boston Pops."
The show was narrated by Leslie Caron and she related an item that
stuck in my mind:
The first phonograph record of an instrumental recording that sold
over 1 million copies was of a tango. (She was referring to those
old "45s" that had 1 song on each side.) The tango was
Jalousie. It was recorded by the Boston Symphony. However, to market
the record they didn't want to use the Boston Symphony name. So
they came up with a new name: the "Boston Pops Orchestra."
Hear one version here
another version here
Carlos Gavito: "The secret of tango is in the moment of improvisation
that happens between step and step. It is to make the impossible
thing possible: to dance silence."
Jorge Luis Borges: "Without the streets nor dusks of Buenos
Aires, a Tango cannot be written."
"Tango is about the embrace. If you dance ballroom, you hold
your partner. But in tango we embrace the partner." Hector
Homer Ladas: "Here is the full tango cycle as I see it in
simple terms: 1) Student, 2) Ego, 3)Apathy. Many of us cycle repeatedly
thru these 3 phases, slowly or more rapidly, and in the end our
fate is determined by where we settle."
From an interview with Robert Duvall, actor, age 79, published
in Parade Magazine, July 25, 2010:
Q: Assassination Tango  captured your fascination with the
tango. Do you still dance?
A: Yes, sir. I practice the walk every day. You can learn a figure
in 5 minutes, but it takes you 10 years to walk like an Argentine."
"In Tango you can lie, but you can't in Milonga- because of
the tempo." Hector Falcon
"A good dancer is one who listens to the music
the music not the steps.
What he cares about is that he follows
the music. You see, we are painters. We paint the music with your
feet." Carlos Gavito
"That which you have danced, nobody can take away from you."
"What's interesting is that for milongueros...Tango is power.
For women - your butt is power." Ana Shapiro
"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never
do any harm to the world." Voltaire
Susanna Miller: "What you lose in visibility, you gain in
Ana Shapiro: "To have a good dance, do not lead him...wait
for him always - don't hurry and, only in the dance, be a geisha
and relax into his body."
"Women do not 'follow,' they interpret signals they're given,
with a keen responsiveness that is not passive. The follow role
is mentally and physically active, like the flow state in sports."
"The tango can be debated, and we have debates over it, but
it still encloses-as does all that which is truthful-a secret."
Jorge Luis Borges
"Tango is great for people who don't get enough opportunities
to get rejected in everyday life." Squeaky Frobisher
"When someone begins he can be dazzled by things that are
external; the things of Tango are internal
A dancer arrives
at the roots of the Tango when he falls in love." Eduardo Arquimba
"When you dance with a partner you are close and the dance
is very suggestive, but it is not personal
Close is what the
music inspires you to become." Carlos Gavito
"Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff
of which it is made." Ted Shawn
"The embrace looks personal, but what we are actually embracing
is the music." Carlos Gavito
"People talk about styles of tango, but there is only one
tango. It accommodates itself to every place and every era."
"You need to have the luck of meeting a teacher who tells
you: No. Look. You must walk. First walk." Miguel Zotto
"Tango can be danced in a thousand different ways, but let's
step on the ground first, because that is where the energy comes
from. Therefore this is where we ought to dance to the music."
Tete (Pedro Rusconi)
"Without the music there is no dance, no tango, no teacher,
no student." Tete (Pedro Rusconi)
"When I was young, I was always running after Tango. Now,
Tango carries me." Pocho
"You know what happens to an alligator who sleeps: he becomes
a wallet" (unknown) shared by Alejandro Gee
Osvaldo Natucci: "What we need are more people with sensitivity
and fewer exhibitionists."
"Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture
in space. But the dance lives at once in time and space." Curt
"If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point
in dancing it." Isadora Duncan
"I think those who say that you can't tango if you are not
Argentine are mistaken. Tango was an immigrant music... so it does
not have a nationality. It's only passport is feeling." Carlos
Kelly Posadas: "You know what we call dancers who do a big
finish on the last note? Tourists."
Osvaldo Cartery: "When I walk on to the dancefloor I close
my eyes. When I open them, the floor is completely red, filled with
fragile red hearts. I step among them delicately, so as not to break