Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tango Floorcraft Graphics Handouts Flyers PDF JPEG

This has been floating around in various edits/iterations for some time now. Original Concept/Design Credit goes to Dirk Apitz. Edits by AlexTangoFuego May 2018. Honoring the Line of Dance (long version, 2 pages) editing credit goes to Sugar G.

The impeccable floorcraft/Uncle Sam QR code link is here. Daniel Boardman - Albuquerque Tango Festival.

Figure out how to reach me and I'll send you the original high-res files so you can print, share, save, etc.

Discussion/comments/suggest edits/disagreement encouraged in the comments section.

Tango Floorcraft graphic pdf jpeg handout flyer
Tango Navigation
Tango Codigos
Tango Etiquette

#TangoFloorcraft graphic pdf jpeg handout flyer
#Tango Navigation
#Tango Codigos

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Queer Tango Project

Christiane Palha & Maria Filali - Photographer Unknown

Adding a new link in the sidebar...


The Queer Tango Project
The Queer Tango Project supports the Queer Tango community around the world in developing critical ideas, stimulating debate and resources about how and why Queer Tango is danced.

The Queer Tango Image Archive
The Queer Tango Image Archive is a digital collection of historical, pre-1995, images relating to the themes and issues touched on by Queer Tango.
The Queer Tango Image Archive is supported by The Queer Tango Project.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Short Film "9 Tango" by Pablo Repun

Idea: Pablo Repun
Screenplay: Adrián Batista - Pablo Repun
Director: Fernanda Caride
Production: Pablo Repun
I have the pleasure of inviting you to the premiere of my first audiovisual production, a short film produced in collaboration with Handbag Films And Art.
It’s a love story that takes place in Naples, FL. With the mystique and the unmistakable flavor of Argentine tango.
It was a work done with a lot of effort designed for the public of this city, which is why we believe it should be seen.
We hope you can join us in its premiere, where we will wait for you with a glass of wine!
Etudes de Ballet 3285 Pine Ridge Rd Naples, FL 34109

Some things I have learned from leading socially - From MsHedgeHog

Some things I have learned from leading socially Dec 23, 2017
A few things I have learned about dancing, by regularly dancing both roles socially for two or three years. My experiences may or may not be in common with anyone else.

There is a tremendous range between OK, good, and great followers, of which they are almost all totally unaware.

Leading poor followers is very difficult; it requires a range of skills, resilience, and physical training.

Leading OK followers is fun, especially if they are interested or enthusiastic and easy to be with.

Leading good followers is more fun, especially if, etc.

Leading great followers is amazing, and you don't feel like you have to do anything, and whatever you do do is totally effortless.

There are a lot more than those categories.

Don't bother raiding the cool guys' “harems”, they're disappointing, dance-wise.

In a good ronda, under good physical conditions, with good followers, leading is cognitively much less demanding than following. The difference is dramatic. Getting the basics to a good standard is quite a lot of work, but if you can do that and then stay within what you've mastered, good and great followers will dance with you, and it is effortless.

It is possible to flirt with the table of glamorous Dutch lesbians through the medium of another woman's body.

There exist men who are both hot and good followers. Hang on a minute –

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tango in advertising

Well, tango-esque at least...

Tango Codigos/Etiquette

How do you select a photograph that is illustrative of codigos/etiquette? You don't. So there's this. Sugar G's toes in some fake grass. Blurry.

I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here. Mark Word over at Tango Therapist has done a wonderful and comprehensive job of compiling pretty much everything you ever need/want to know about the subject of tango codigos and etiquette. Or codigos aka etiquette. Or codigos/etiquette. Or just fucking "Codigos". Not "fucking" codigos, that's a different subject.


There's also a ton of other website and information out there. Google.

Avail thyself.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Abrazos Imborrables Tango Documentary

Abrazos Imborrables trailer (official) - English version from Soluble Films on Vimeo.

The tango film 'Abrazos Imborrables' will be premiering this Sunday May 6 at 12pm at the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival in Austin (at the Mexican American Cultural Center at 600 Red River St) with director Pablo Hadis in attendance...FREE and OPEN to the public!

Abrazos Imborrables - directed by Pablo Hadis
(Unforgettable Hugs)

A research into the causes of the resurgence of tango in Argentina and its adoption around the world. Contemporary tango legends, including those responsible for the comeback of tango, share their insights and first hand accounts on why tango has returned with such strength to the world stage, in this documentary produced with the collaboration of the Buenos Aires tango scene.

After decades of staying hidden from public view, tango makes a surprise return, spreading to the four corners of the world. Why are so many countries being filled with milongas? Why is youth returning to tango? Why is, in essence, a cultural expression from the late 1800s returning with such strength in the year 2000? What basic needs is it fulfilling, and what does this say about our current global society?

More info about the film:

Website: https://cinelasamericas.org/panorama-feature-films-claiff21/2018/abrazos-imborrables-unforgettable-hugs

Official Facebook Page:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Queer Tango Goes to Russia (Documentary Film)

Well, not yet a film. Aleksandr Vinogradov is working on a film about Queer Tango in Russia, shining a light on the oppressive anti-gay climate there. He had an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign last fall, but it appears to be closed, well short of the goal. I can't imagine what it must be like to dance tango in a country/climate where it might get you beat up, jailed, or maybe even killed. Brave people.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tango Freestyle

No comment, just recording a new tango variant for posterity...

From the video (on Tango Tube's FB page): TANGO FREESTYLE is a new concept of stage art in the world of dance, which has as its main essence the language of Tango Dance. Driven by Mauro Caiazza and his teammates Carolina Giannini and Mario Rizzo. A game of continuous choreography is developed through the different rooms of this unique space in the city of Buenos Aires, "La Catedral"

Friday, April 6, 2018

A favorite photo by Lalo de Almeida Photogapher

This is one of my favorite "tango" photos. I thought I had originally seen it on National Geographic, but after remembering it was taken in Salon Canning, I googled "tango salon canning" and found it licketysplit.

It was in the New York Times. The photographer is Lalo de Almeida.

David Lampson, from Boston, and Maria Faccioti, of Argentina, tango at Salón Canning.

Here's the original text of the "Bohemians in Exile" (in Buenos Aires) feature in the New York Times Travel Section:


The tango dancers took their places inside a cramped apartment in downtown Buenos Aires, as David Lampson, a 29-year-old television writer from Boston, wiped his brow. Despite the 100-degree weather, the fans had been shut off, spotlights switched on and windows blacked out with trash bags. The cameraman waited until the smoke machine blurred the parquet floor before yelling "Action!" Then just as the iTunes track reached its dramatic crescendo, the fuse blew. For the fourth time.

"Let's unplug the other fan and try again," Mr. Lampson told the polyglot cast and crew, which included a Greek mother, a Colombian architect and an Argentine shoemaker. Also present was a New York City film student, who was editing the footage for YouTube distribution. Mr. Lampson likened the process to creating art from garbage. "There is a tango dance based on this idea," he added, "called cambalache."

A better term might be bohemians-in-exile. A new kind of tango is taking shape along the crooked back streets of Buenos Aires. At a former furniture factory on Calle Honduras, the British music engineer Tom Rixton, who has worked with top acts like Depeche Mode, runs a stylish boutique hotel called Home with his Argentine wife. Nearby on Calle Garruchaga, Amanda Knauer, a fashion designer from Manhattan, sells a chic line of leather handbags at Qara. And at Zizek, a weekly dance party run by an expat from San Antonio, the cha-ch-ch-cha rhythms of cumbia folk music quivers to an electronic beat.

"There are expats everywhere tapping into the city's thriving cultural and arts scene," said Grant C. Dull, Zizek's founder, who also runs the popular bilingual Web guide WhatsUpBuenosAires.com. "And it's not backpacker types, but people with money and contacts."

Drawn by the city's cheap prices and Paris-like elegance, legions of foreign artists are colonizing Buenos Aires and transforming this sprawling metropolis into a throbbing hothouse of cool. Musicians, designers, artists, writers and filmmakers are sinking their teeth into the city's transcontinental mix of Latin élan and European polish, and are helping shake the Argentine capital out of its cultural malaise after a humbling economic crisis earlier this decade.

Video directors are scouting tango ballrooms for English-speaking actors. Wine-soaked gallery openings and behemoth gay discos are keeping the city's insomniacs up till sunrise. And artists from the United States, England, Italy and beyond are snapping up town houses in scruffy neighborhoods and giving the areas Anglo-ized names like Palermo SoHo and Palermo Hollywood.

Comparisons with other bohemian capitals are almost unavoidable. "It's like Prague in the 1990s," said Mr. Lampson, who is perhaps best known for winning a Bravo TV reality show, "Situation: Comedy," in 2005, about sitcom writers. Despite his minor celebrity, he decided to forgo the Los Angeles rat race and moved to Buenos Aires, where he is writing an NBC pilot, along with his Web novela, www.historyandtheuniverse.com. "Buenos Aires is a more interesting place to live than Los Angeles, and it's much, much cheaper. You can't believe a city this nice is so cheap."

That wasn't always the case. For much of the 20th century, Buenos Aires ranked among the world's most expensive capitals, on par with Paris and New York. Broad boulevards were lined with splendid specimens of French belle époque architecture that evoked the Champs-Élysées, and tree-lined streets were buzzing with late-night cafes and oak-and-brass bars. Locals, it is often said, identify more as European than South American.

Then came the financial crisis of late 2001. The Argentine peso, which was once pegged to the United States dollar, plunged to a low of nearly 4 to 1 in the face of mounting debt and runaway inflation. (It holds steadily today at about 3 to 1.) Overnight, Buenos Aires went from being among the priciest cities to one of the world's great bargain spots.

There was a silver lining. Even as local artists flocked overseas, producing a kind of creative brain drain from Buenos Aires, foreigners arrived in record numbers. And what they discovered was that this fast-paced city of three million offered more than just tango and cheap steaks. The Argentine capital also had balmy weather, hedonistic night life and a cosmopolitan air that thrives on novelty.

Situated at the wide mouth of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires sprawls across the flat landscape with the force of a concrete hurricane. It takes more than an hour to traverse opposite ends by yellow-and-black taxi. And that's not mentioning the 48 barrios that creep inland, each with a distinct personality and crisscrossed by a web of cobblestone alleys and 12-lane mega-streets. There are business districts like Microcentro, leafy barrios like Recoleta and manufacturing sectors like La Paterna.

And nearly everywhere you turn these days, the new arrivals seem to be planting their flags, whether at a so-called chorizo house in historic San Telmo or a glassy condo in Puerto Madero. Or, for that matter, a former door factory on Calle Aguirre, which Sebastiano Mauri, 35, a painter and video artist from Milan, recently bought with several artists on the industrial outskirts of Palermo.

"Some are now calling this area Palermo Brooklyn," said Mr. Mauri during a recent visit of his renovated factory, a bright yellow building on an otherwise gray street. Cost for the entire four-story factory? $130,000. "Buenos Aires makes Milan look like a neighborhood. It's lively, multiethnic and you have Europeans from all over."

After gutting the third floor, Mr. Mauri spent the past year converting it into an artist-in-residence studio with hardwood floors, stainless-steel kitchen cabinets and midcentury-modern furniture. To celebrate the near-completion, he held a rooftop barbecue on a breezy Saturday in January that drew a cross section of Buenos Aires's art elite.

Drinking malbec out of plastic cups and eating steaks with dollops of ratatouille, the crowd of about 20 artists, curators and collectors chatted easily about the hyper-commercialized state of art, a towering sex hotel (known as a telo) nearby and the city's obsession with ice cream. "Artists come here because they can be free," said Florencia Braga Menéndez, whose namesake contemporary art gallery is arguably the city's most influential. "As a gallerist, I never tell my artists what sells. They must create for themselves."

That creative freedom has fueled plenty of cultural cross-pollination. Dick Verdult, an avant-garde musician and artist from the Netherlands, began toying with cumbia around 2000, manipulating the childish rhythms of the South American folk music with electronic bass lines, time delays and sampled voices. "Cumbia is like a ball of clay," said Mr. Verdult, 53, who is better known by his stage name, Dick El Demasiado. "If you stick to the simple laws" - a 4/4 rhythm that he likens to a galloping horse - "but disregard the tradition, you can do a lot with it. Argentina has a very elastic culture."

His first cumbia album, "No Nos Dejamos Afeitar," released in 2002, was so well received that Mr. Verdult decided to move to Buenos Aires. "The reaction blew me away," said Mr. Verdult, who is regarded as the unofficial godfather of this new electrotango sound known as experimental cumbia.

Not surprisingly, many of his disciples are fellow expatriates. "There's a group of maybe 10 producers and D.J.'s who are really pushing these new styles," said Gavin Burnett, 26, a D.J. from San Francisco who blends cumbia with hip-hop and Jamaican dancehall under the pseudonym Oro11. "If you're an artist looking to be inspired and have $10,000 saved up, you can basically come down here and work, and not worry for a year."

It's not only artist types who are soaking up Buenos Aires's budget bohemia. Stumble into many of the city's trendy restaurants, bars and hotels, and there's a good chance a foreigner is behind it.

One of the newest is Le Bar, a martini lounge and restaurant in Microcentro with sunken seats, cool lighting and a rooftop terrace. It was started by several French expatriates including Manuel Schmidt, 40, an architect from Paris who sailed to Argentina with his wife and young daughter three years ago, and basically didn't sail back. Brasserie Petanque, a new restaurant in San Telmo, looks as though it was transplanted tile by tile from the Left Bank. "When I came in 2003, there were no French restaurants, so I stayed and opened this," said Pascal Meyer, an owner who was tending bar on a recent Sunday night. Before becoming a restaurateur in Buenos Aires, he was a culinary tour guide for the United Nations in New York City.

AND then there are the novelists, journalists and screenwriters, quietly tapping away in their $600-a-month apartments, seeking to make a name for themselves on Argentine soil. Nate Martin, a 24-year-old from Wyoming, moved to the city in November and took a job as an editor at The Buenos Aires Herald, an English-language newspaper, because, he says, "I didn't want to be a waiter while writing." For his creative outlet, Mr. Martin maintains a blog, Grating Space. Like dozens of similar blogs written by foreigners, it rhapsodizes about the Argentine good life. He also D.J.'s on the side.

"We play stuff that they've never heard of," said his friend, Tom Masterson, a 35-year-old transplant from Chicago, during a night out at Bahrein, a stylish sweatbox in Microcentro where the headlining D.J. hailed from Belgium. "They love me here."

Some literary efforts are starting to bear fruit. The writer Marina Palmer quit her advertising job in New York City, moved to Buenos Aires and, in 2005, published a "Sex in the City"-like memoir set in the city's vampish tango scene. "Kiss and Tango" has been optioned by Hollywood, with Sandra Bullock recently floated as a possible lead. (The film that has everyone buzzing these days is Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro," a drama about Italian immigrants in Argentina that is being filmed in the city.)

But moviemaking is hardly restricted to foreigners. Argentina has a storied film history - notable examples include the 1968 political documentary "The Hour of the Furnaces" and the post-junta feature, "Official Story," which won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film in 1986 - and, in recent years, a so-called New Argentine Cinema has emerged, thanks to a new crop of directors like Daniel Burman and Lucrecia Martel who are winning prizes in Berlin, Toronto and other film festivals. They have set up shop along the fringes of fashionable Palermo, in an area now known as Palermo Hollywood.

As with other creative fields, the cinematic revival got some unexpected help from the financial crisis. Not only did the industry benefit from the influx of foreigners looking for cheap production costs, but the peso meltdown also provided grist for creative self-examination. "People were no longer talking about pretty dresses or soap operas," said Tomi Streiff, a filmmaker who moved to Buenos Aires from New York City with his partner and fellow screenwriter, Jane Hallisey. The couple is now working on a romantic comedy about a priest. "Everybody was hurt, so their skin was open."

The wellspring of creativity is starting to leech out of Buenos Aires and onto the larger cultural stage. Local fashion designers, who flourished when European imports tripled in price, are making inroads into the global marketplace. Tramando, a high-end fashion store in Recoleta started by Martin Churba, now has boutiques in Tokyo and the meatpacking district in New York. And Maria Cher, a London-trained designer who has an airy boutique in Palermo SoHo, exports her glamorous dresses throughout South America, as well as to Tokyo.

Experimental cumbia music is reverberating beyond the city's packed dance floors. Mr. Burnett, the D.J., just started his own cumbia record label, Bersa Discos, and is playing shows in his native San Francisco. Zizek, the weekly dance party, is taking its urban tropical beats throughout the United States, with stops this month in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.

Buenos Aires's buzzing art scene, meanwhile, is being touted as the next big thing. Or that's the hope, anyway, of the city's eager artists and wide-eyed gallerists. "This city reminds me a lot of Berlin," said Elisa Freudenreich, 27, a gallery manger who recently moved from Berlin and sees parallels in the profusion of street artists and graffiti-splattered spaces. "The scene is very fresh, very underground."

Scruffy galleries have gone up along the city's edges, most notably Appetite, an irreverent, punk-inflected gallery in San Telmo started by Daniela Luna, a feisty 30-year-old known for her shrewd eye and cool parties. On a steamy Thursday afternoon, as office workers were climbing aboard buses back home, Ms. Luna was flitting through her grungy gallery in a brown miniskirt and sparkly pink T-shirt, like a teenager in a vintage clothing store.

"My first gallery was so messy that when people came to my parties, they didn't know if the stuff was art or trash," Ms. Luna said, as she showed off works by Santiago Iturralde, a local artist who paints portraits of narcissistic young men based on their Facebook-like Web profiles. "We're growing fast and furious." So fast, in fact, that she is exporting her cheeky blend of trash art to the real Brooklyn, where she just opened a small gallery.

Her gallery will get additional exposure in Milan when the contemporary art fair, MiArt 2008, spotlights emerging Buenos Aires artists in April. Adriana Forconi, a jet-settling consultant to the art fair, was in town recently to scout for worthy galleries, and was struck by what she calls the city's "frenetic and blissfully chaotic" pace.

"There's definitely something happening here," said Ms. Forconi, who was among the guests at the artist-filled rooftop barbecue. Dressed in a flouncy party dress and strappy sandals, she looked ready for another long night on the town. "There's a clash between European and Latin American cultures that's fascinating."

"And unlike Milan, there are no rules," Ms. Forconi added, as she looked out at the twinkling city and took a sip of wine. For a moment, she sounded like someone toying with a move to Buenos Aires. "You can do whatever you want here."

Thursday, March 29, 2018

#astf2018 :: through my lens

Farting around with Adobe Spark...click on it right in the middle of the image and then use the scroll bar in the resulting new window to scroll down...real slow like...a little goofy...like I said...farting around...


Or, here's the entire album on my flickr account...click on the image to click through to the album/set...then look for the "toggle slideshow" icon upper right...


Thursday, March 22, 2018