Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Adrian and Amanda dance to Pugliese's "Una Vez"

Just before I arrived in Buenos Aires, one of my favorite artist couples of what I call "Rose Vine Tango" (Villa Urquiza Style), Adrian and Amanda Costa, did this performance at Club Sin Rumbo. I wish I had been there, but I'm glad someone posted the video on Facebook.
Please enjoy the video, and then read my commentary about it, below.  The tango is "Una Vez", written by Osvaldo Pugliese and played by Pugliese and his orchestra, with Alberto MorĂ¡n singing.  Wow. What a powerful piece!
Here's the link:
For my men readers, especially those who worry that all their walking will bore their partners, please notice how much Adrian walks in this tango, and how often and how long he pauses! Notice the solidity with which Adrian walks, which we can see so clearly toward the end, from 2:54-3:03. Notice also throughout the piece that most of his figures are very simple.  
How does Adrian make his walking and pausing interesting?  With his acute sensitivity to the music!  Notice, for example, how he's sometimes dancing to the singer, and with what precision he does that!  I recommend that you watch the video a few times to observe this and make other discoveries  about Adrian's musical interpretation.  You can develop such a quality of musical sensitivity, too.  If you're already pretty astute in your musical interpretation, you can become more precise, or more exploratory. What can YOU learn from Adrian's musicality in this piece*?
(*Note:  One of our Tango Improvisation Mastery members who has many years of tango experience, as well as a great knowledge of tango music, confessed that he's often perplexed about how to interpret pieces by Pugliese. Here Adrian's interpretation is mostly so easy to read that you could make a study of this piece for your Pugliese-interpretation research!)
And ladies, Amanda offers us a similar lesson.  Please watch the piece through again, noticing that with her steps as well as with her embellishments, she is right in the music.  A good example that encompasses both is the passage from 2:10 - 2:36. First Amanda walks in a molinete, turning Adrian who's on one foot;  it's Amanda who provides the RHYTHM here with her steps, until 2:22.  In the next part of this passage, just 5 seconds - till 2:36, she does a series of expressive embellishments, all perfectly in tune with the MELODY.  
Tangueras, YOU can aim to take more responsibility for listening carefully and interpreting the music. Be on the alert for times that you may be following passively. Putting your attention and your heart into the music, as well as into the embrace, will give you and your partner greater pleasure!
I'd like to point out one more important thing about this video for our tangueros:
Men, please go back to the passage from 2:11 to 2:19. Here Adrian turns, leading Amanda in a molinete and he is performing a "Needle", with the toe of his free left foot pointing down into the floor.  Now notice what's happening with his upper body: his "spiral" is so easy for us to see.  It's the torsion of his upper body which precedes the rest of him that leads Amanda to walk ahead of him, so that her momentum carries him around. Can you see his vertical spiral, starting with his shoulders?  We can observe a twist in the back of his jacket that results from his torsion.  
Good torsion in a giro really facilitates a beautiful molinete for the woman, and you'll need your partner to feel good in her molinete so she can help you turn!
Whether you followed the analysis, or just watched for pleasure, I hope you really enjoyed this video.
As always, I welcome your thoughts!

1 comment:

  1. Hello Helaine, thank for this video and its beautiful analysis.
    I noticed a very small detail in this video: his right hand just after the end of the tango, the small movements of the fingers and their meaning. After a prolonged embrace he caresses her with the tumb (love), then he softly squeezes the hand on her back (passion) and finally he moves the hand up-and-down (professional: our performance was OK!). She gently shrugs (thank you!). Tango goes over the music.