Nonino y Calladita joined the Vimeo video sharing network, for performing artists and other creative artists. To see a typical example of milonguero-style, close-embrace tango, see http://vimeo.com/27704182 our tango-nuevo video uploaded to Vimeo, dancing Argentine tango to non-traditional tango music.
At the beginning of the year, in February 2011, we were afforded a chance to dance on stage at the Jazz Depot, downtown Tulsa, on a Sunday evening, with Amy Cottingham’s piano trio performing tango-nuevo (on piano, violin/viola and cello), namely, Piazzolla’s Estaciones Porteñas, or the “Seasons of Buenos Aires,” as they are sometimes known in English. The piano trio (Amy Cottingham, with Winona Fifield on violin, and Krassimira Figg on cello) performed three of the four pieces in the cycle: Primavera Porteña (Buenos Aires Spring), Verano Porteño (Buenos Aires Summer), and Invierno Porteño (Buenos Aires Winter), all of them originally composed between 1964-1970 by Astor Piazzolla. These were not intended by the composer as dance pieces per se, so interpreting them, let alone improvisationally as we did, was likely the biggest challenge so far for us as a performing dance couple. Fortunately we were part of a sextet of dancers, with our stalwart friends — el Galanteador y Chiquita, as well as el Chamuyador y Nena — also performing with us, on stage. Attempting to dance Piazzolla’s "Seasons" is probably one of the most difficult things a milonguero (tango dancer) can do, given that they are so different from the vintage tangos of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and Piazzolla is so unpredictable. This was a true test of improvisational and interpretive dance skills, in the public eye no less, to music that many Argentines consider undanceable! You can’t say we’re not game, here in Tulsa. There were about 200 people in attendance, and it was a very appreciative crowd: three women said afterward that they were actually moved to tears.
We also danced to a piano instrumental version of Carlos Gardel’s Volver (The Return to Buenos Aires), composed in 1934. You and your trio were amazing Amy! And El Chamuyador deserves credit for this one as co-producer. Thank you so much for including us! Of course, a special thank you to the beautiful and graceful Calladita, my partner both on and off the dance floor.
Also earlier this year, in April 2011, we hope you enjoyed our dance performance of Argentine tango set to some rock’n’roll –for something different– for our demonstration dance at the OSU Student Union Ballroom, as part of the Noche de Tango organized by the Latin Dance and Culture Club (LDCC). Thank you to this year’s student executive for affording us the chance to showcase our version of tango, in close close embrace, at this event. This ‘tango night’ at the OSU ballroom is the closest thing we have in Oklahoma to a milonga brava and it has been a regular annual event since 2007. Beautiful facility.
We also joined the tango community in Tulsa for two other impromptu public dance events, the one being guerilla-tango (dancing in the street) at the corner of Main and 3rd Street in downtown Tulsa – on Saturday, May 21st 2011, and the other being a summertime demonstration at the Free County Fair, on 22nd June, 2011.