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July 16, 2009

Gancho Torsion

tango d'epoca
Originally uploaded by micmac71

Once again I am captivated by a photograph of the talented Italian photographer MicMac71. This photo captures a very fast moment in the dance, and the figure of the couple is beautiful.

I am intrigued by the technique of the dancers. In particular, I notice that the woman's shoulders are more-or-less level, while her pelvis appears to have a contrapposto slope (the right hip, from which her leg does the hook, is released down; her right shoulder is angled slightly up). Her torso is upright, and she appears to be in perfect balance on her forward leg. Despite the vigorous action of the movement she is doing, her body is poised and her face is calm, almost indifferent.

I see that her weight-bearing leg is bent, and although she is the dominant figure, her head is lower than her partner's.

Her spiralic posture is completed by her eyes looking towards her own foot.

The man appears to have ample flexion in both knees, particularly the forward one on which he is lunging. His next move will be to shift his weight back, as she unwinds to face him, undoubtedly the reverse of how they got into this gancho in the first place.

This photograph is as absorbing as a sculpture. Amazing.

Wonderful photograph. Wonderful dance technique.

Posted by joegrohens at July 16, 2009 12:28 PM


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