Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ezequiel y Geraldine

What do we think about this?

8 comments:

NYC Tango Pilgrim said...

I've wanted to comment on their performance that night for a while. I was there, the guy wearing dark shirt standing under the big banner by the DJ booth with camera in hand.

I had taped all of their performances but only posted one. The other two including this one were uninspiring to say the least. For me, she is no longer magical. What the hell!This particular milonga wasn't even musical.

I only saw two bodies running all over the basketball court that night. I was not impressed. Not the way the way she used to dance with Javier.

The Sat.night after, when Javier performed with Andrea, I could feel the whole place was touched by their performance. Old Milongueros stand up even before they finished waiting to applaud.

It was the difference in the lead. Few has it like Javier. And of course, my opinion is biased.

Alex said...

Howdy Pilgrim,

Giving them the benefit of the doubt, everyone is entitled to have an off night every now and then. It's just unfortunate if that off night happens to be the night of a performance - look at Britney Spears debacle at the MTV Music Awards. Not that any of us care about "Britney".

Since the pairings/marriages of Ezequiel & Geraldine and Javier & Andrea, it has not been the same somehow. Ezequiel & Sabrina (Masso) and Javier & Geraldine blessed us with some of the most beautiful dances any of us will ever see.

Are there any insiders out there who can give us the scoop on the de-couplings and re-pairings?

Was it just an off night, or is there trouble in paradise? I wonder if their dance is outwardly manifesting something else.

Tina said...

I was at that performance, sharing a table with nyc tango pilgrim.

I have to say that I loved them. It's not my way of dancing but Geraldine has not lost her way of placing her feet on the ground like a cat and I love the way she stretches her legs out.

The tango they performed that night was much more delicious, I hope there is a video of that floating around somewhere.

While I agree with nyc on Javier and Andrea's performance a few weeks later (wow wow wow!!!), I think I'll always be a Geraldine girl - she's prancy and voluptuous, while Andrea, while one of my favorite people in the world on and off the dance floor, is very precise and concise. I love the imperfection that is Geraldine.

I like to think that Eze and Geraldine were almost celebratory - they've just had a baby, they're happy, they're in love, and I could feel that reflected in their dancing. It wasn't perfect and that's fine by me.

NYC is right - the difference was the leader. Javier is the man!! :-)

Alex, thanks for posting this video, it brought back some very good memories of very good times.

Tina said...

P.S. No trouble in paradise for Geraldine and Ezequiel, to answer your question - they are as happy as can be. I see them together at Canning all the time, cuddling and watching everybody, and of course sharing the dance floor with all of us.
I think the imperfection in their dance, as I've said, was because of their happiness - they are so relaxed and just don't give a darn.

I hear that Javier designs Andrea's hairstyles and dresses, by the way. Now THAT is the kind of dance partner I would love!

Alex said...

Hola Tina...thanks for the comment...

The more I watch it, the more I like it. I think there is something about the video - the quality, the handheld slightly jerky motion - that diminishes the look of the this dance.

And, it's what I call "big" milonga, which I really like. Perhaps it's a bit "off" for big name dancers, but I think we all hold ourselves (or tend to) to a high standard in tango - perhaps even expecting perfection from our tango gods/goddesses all the time...

It's also nice to know they have a new baby...and are happy...shame on me for inferring otherwise...

Thanks for reeling me in a bit...

Johanna said...

To me they look more frantic than exuberant. They may be deliriously happy,but that's not the emotion portrayed here.

There seems to be a lack of crafting, hitting every move with equal ferocity - the sort of "exuberant" dancing we see in talented newbies :-)

Tina said...

I guess you had to be there in person to feel what I felt from them...

La Nuit Blanche said...

hm, i really love it. they look and feel so ALIVE, they don't even seem like mere dismal mortals.

and i love the way geraldine moves, so sensual, and (as tina put it) catlike, even during those long strong walks that cross the length of half the floor. i think they make a gorgeous dance couple...

i also think that they're developing a kind of tango that is really different from what we're used to. there is something in the way they move and the craft of this particular dance performance (and some others on youtube) that has a strange tempered roughness to it. i'd be interested to watch them through the years...