Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday "Rose Vine Tango" videos: Four by Adrian and Amanda!

Two tangos, a milonga and a vals.

Please enjoy this playlist (below) of Adrian and Amanda Costa's performance in London around 6 months ago.

The four pieces are:
1) "Cancion De Rango", Lucio de Mare with Roberto Arrieta.
2)  "No Quiero Perderte", Osvaldo Pugliese with Alberto Moran
3) "Milonga Querida", Juan D'Arienzo with Alberto Echague  
4) "Marisabel" (vals), Ricardo Tanturi with Alberto Castillo 

In these videos we have an unusual vantage point, as they were shot from overhead.  Interesting, because this assists me in showing you the "Rose Vine".

Remember my "Rose Vine Tango" theory of Villa Urquiza style tango?
The Vines are linear and transitory passages. They include walks, variations on walks, and traveling figures.
The Roses are circular and stationary figures, which can be as complex as a fancy enrosque or as simple as a few turning or stationary weight changes. They're figures you can do in a square meter.

Here's an assignment for you to do as you enjoy watching the four Costa videos in the playlist below:  
  • Identify the vines and the roses as they dance. You can just observe and think, "Vine, vine, rose .  . . vine, rose, rose," etc.  

Next, notice how basically simple the milonga is - it's almost all walks and variations on walks - just one big rose and a few more small or half-roses, most made of a variation on a simple vaivén, and the last one made of a walk!

For "extra credit", answer for yourself, or tell us below:
    • What is it that makes Adrian's walking milonga seem so sophisticated?
    • Tangueros, how many elements of Adrian's milonga here do you already know, or do you think you can easily implement? 
    • Obviously, you can't do an all-vines milonga on a crowded dance floor.  But what could you adopt from this example that you could use?
    • Tangueras, what would you say Amanda contributes to the milonga, since she doesn't really have time to embellish?

Please leave your comments below!


  1. Why, oh why do festival organizers think an audience should prefer a dimly lit, "atmospheric" dance floor, for a poorly seen performance, versus a well lit floor making it easy to see and appreciate the performers?!

  2. I know, David! . . . I normally don't pick dark videos to show you. The angle gave us such a special opportunity. If it's hard to see, try turning up the brightness on your screen. I'll make sure to choose brighter videos in the future.