Some guy on Tango-L today said that nuevo tango (note my passive aggressive use of lower case) involves a "more intellectual connection".
He didn't outright say "a more intellectual connection than traditional Tango", but I will take it as inferred. A veiled insult against my intellect. Well, the intellect of us all.
I think I know what he was trying to say, that somehow nuevo requires/involves more thinking/real time analytical processes during the dance.
And that, my friends, is the difference between the two forms. The perfection of the perfect connection comes when there is no conscious thought. It comes when two people are absolutely there, in the moment, with the music and each other and nothing else.
It's sad that so many people will never experience this.
So don't get me wrong, although I am most definitely an AT purist, I am still in a "live and let live", "no judgement", "it's all good" tolerance mindset with regard to nuevo, but I'm with my new friends Jorge* & Mrs. Red Dress when they say (my paraphrasing) "it ain't Argentine Tango..."