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November 22, 2006


The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught, the trap is forgotten.

The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits. When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten.

The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.

-Chuang Tzu

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November 21, 2006

Milonga La Viruta

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Originally uploaded by elielcostajr3.

La Viruta is a cool milonga in Buenos Aires that is frequented by younger dancers.

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November 10, 2006

TangoLab T-Shirts - Cool!

From Alejandro Rumolino, creator of Trip as Tango and other great short-form tango videos:


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November 07, 2006

New movie about Gardel: "Dare to Love Me"

Filming of the Carlos Gardel story "Dare to Love Me" is scheduled to begin in March 2007. The cast will include Shakira, Rodrigo Santoro playing Gardel (from the TV show "Lost"), and Paz Vega.

  • Plot summary from IMDB:

    Dare to Love Me (2007)

    In the seedy underworld of 1920s Buenos Aires, Tango legend Carlos Gardel is involved in a torrid love affair with a prostitute and sees his life shattered when a bullet takes her life and pierces his own flesh. Remaining in his lung for the rest of his life, the bullet serves as an eternal reminder of his pain and loss. Finding his way to the exciting Paris of the 1930s, Carlos seduces the crowds with his enchanting voice, bringing Tango music as a liberating force to Europe. Amidst this backdrop of free-spirited decadence and corruption, a mysterious woman enters his life and changes him forever, turning his beautiful sorrow into a musical legend.

  • Article in RTE Entertainment

    Production Weekly describes the film as a "romantic epic" which tells the story of tango legend Carlos Gardel's life in Paris in the 1930s.

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    Review of "Tangos From Here"

    Pamela Squires reviews the Sharna Fabiano Company's tango/modern dance performance in Washington, DC.


    Sharna Fabiano Tango Company's attempts to marry social tango with modern dance fell short in "Tangos From Here" Saturday at Dance Place.

    There were several forces working against this marriage. Most of the dancers weren't nearly as good at modern dance as they were at tango. Also, social tango is like a walled garden: The magic is inside, between two dancers, and energy is directed inward. Modern dance, on the other hand, directs its energy at the audience, like a house that opens to the street. It's hard to put the two onstage at the same time without them looking mismatched.

    Washington Post

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    November 02, 2006

    Gotan Interview

    Gotan is on tour. Here as an interview with them in Montreal's "The Gazette".

    As one sees, this band doesn't really think they are making tango music -- it is something different: electronica infused with tango.

    "In the beginning, there was an attraction in bringing a melodic element to electronic music, a melancholy," Muller said. "Electronic music has a tendency to be 'up.' Tango is not at all like that. The only people to (explore melancholy in electronica) before were Massive Attack." Easier said than done. Tango is a complex music with a rich history. Doing it justice while making something relevant to the here and now demanded a delicate balance. "It was a challenge," Muller said. "It's not an easy music. I didn't know a lot (about tango). I knew Astor Piazzolla. Then after a while, I got into traditional tango, and studied with Eduardo (Makaroff). He taught me what it is."
    "Somehow, without wanting to, we have created a new branch in the big tree of tango. Tango has been around for more than 100 years. It has many facets. Now we find ourselves in it, reinventing that music."

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