Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Week Six - Jorge Dispari and Samantha Dispari

This week's video is a demonstration of the tango walk; I wouldn't have chosen this particular song, but dude, it's the Disparis, and they can do whatever they want.

I think the walk is the second most beautiful thing in tango (the first being the embrace, when done correctly), and this video demonstrates very adeptly why most women would rather dance simply with a musical lead than be led in complicated steps by someone else.





p.s. This video is courtesy of the amazing Tango Video Project; I've uploaded it here just so you don't have to click around before you get to see it. I cannot recommend this site highly enough: since most great tango performances aren't in shows, but are just improvisations from milongas around the world, these little handhelds are the best record we have. Go there, donate to their bandwidth, click around, turn green with envy and blue with delight, eat a cookie. That kind of thing.

p.p.s. I really can't get over her pants. The little dangly things are captivating... has she narrowly escaped an incident of "Tango Dress or Attacked by a Wild Animal"? I think she has.



1 comment:

Caroline said...

I saw Samantha Dispari at a couple of Milongas in Buenos Aires, she's absolutely amazing and it blows me away that for such a young girl, she's so sophisticated in her dancing. At the last milonga i went to before leaving Argentina, she was there with her mother, La Turca (http://www.neymelo.com/jorgedispari.htm) and some other people.I was watching her dance with a guy who had very high energy and fast big steps and she kept up with him remarkably although she was laughing hard when the dance was over because he was so fast and nutty. But it was clear that they were having a great time.
She's only 15 or 16 at the most - I can't get over that. She dances with the skill and maturity of someone twice her age.