I would like to extend a virtual hand to the bloggers over at Movement Invites Movement. From first glance it looks like we have some strongly differing opinions about Argentine Tango … but rather than putting me off, this pulls me in. I’m always curious about people who see things differently than I do, and I want to understand. I love dancing both traditional and nuevo styles of tango. I’m curious about dancers who do not; I want to engage in open, constructive conversation about the different styles and where the boundaries of the dance lie; and I want to continue educating myself.
I’ll be the first to admit that I can flare up when someone challenges my point of view, but once I take a breath and a step back I remember that my point of view is not objective. I do not hold the truth. I don’t want to stagnate, neither in my dancing nor in my understanding of the dance, or the world, or other people. So I will continue to read differing opinions, to weigh and consider them, to try my best to be open to new perspectives. And even if I hold tightly to my view that nuevo is a perfectly valid style within a larger umbrella of Argentine Tango, I hope that we can still find room for listening to and learning from each other.
And so, in looking for just a moment at the traditional v. nuevo debate … There was a comment over at Movement Invites Movement, “Nuevo Tango is no more a style of Argentine Tango than Modern Dance is a style of Ballet.” I can’t accept this comparison. Modern dance was a conscious reaction against ballet and its technique, style, codes, etc. From everything that I have seen of nuevo, it is a stylistic variation that tries to expand on traditional technique. It is a style that can be danced to the very same music, with an intimate embrace and connection, with elegant musicality. It can be very different, but it does not have to be. Thoughts?