Tango, you say? My thoughts wander first to Piazolla and then to popular images such as the tango scene in Moulin Rouge (2001) – a woman is violently passed from one man to another, thrown into turns, and caught in a dip, suspended by the strength of her male partner. In her new book Tango Nuevo, Carolyn Merritt* conjures a completely different image of tango: a calm embrace where “like much of life, the dance is about improvisation within structure.” Examining the scope of Argentine tango from its birthplace (in early 1900s Buenos Aires) to its current global popularity, Merritt probes the emergence of a new trend: tango nuevo. A wonderfully engaging ethnography, Tango Nuevo guides us on a journey through identity investigation, physical frustration, and cultural confusion as we encounter the nostalgic world of tango. ... READ MORE!
The purpose of choreography is to absorb obsession, transforming it into an experience that inspires obsession. This blog is my exploration of those obsessions that drive creativity as I search for my nook in the world of professional dance.