Things are becoming to repeat in this blog, and I'm not sure I'm liking this. So after "CITA #2", now comes
a second report about the annual choreography workshop which closes the tango classes. This time,
I somehow tried to prepare (unlike last year), as there is some competition between pupils, and
this is more or less the occasion to see who is the better couple among the students.
- The song must be familiar to everybody and frequently played in milongas
- It can't be La Cumparsita (for some reason all teachers here just hate La Cumparsita), nor Recuerdo (already used last year)
- It must have some structure: intro, theme A, theme B, adagio, fantasia, final
- It must not be too difficult or too rich (No Piazzolla, no Color Tango)
runner-ups: Orlando Goni (Mores), Quejas de bandoneon (Troilo) and Cafe Dominguez (D'Agostino).
Nice try... but they actually chose Quejas de bandoneon by Sexteto Mayor, an orchestra I had written off as "not danceable enough". Go figure...
By the way, like most couple during these two days, we argued all the time, on every sequence. But mainly about the lift. She didn't want to jump, and until the last minute she tried to persuade me with silly reasons:
"- We never do it in milongas!
- Sure, but today it's a *choreography* workshop.
- What if I land badly and break my foot?
- It's at the end, there is nothing after the lift, you can break all your toes and feet if you want..."
Eventually she realised she was the only opponent. Everybody wanted to see a lift, and we were the only couple with one. There was too much pressure. So she jumped reluctantly, not high, but she jumped.
And when, at the end of the two-day workshop, every couple "performed" in front of everybody (the students
plus the people who came for the ensuing milonga), here is what we demonstrated :
0:01 - 0:16 intro dull invitation
0:17 - 0:33 giro CW with double-time things
0:34 - 0:55 two sacadas with colgada-volcada effect
footwork on 8CB
Three boleos (back, front, line)
sandwich and sacada with shared axis pivot
1:33 - 1:48 adagio four alterations
giro CW with double-time things (the same)
2:13 - 2:26 fantasia cadena of circle back sacadas
2:27 - 2:36 final lift
freeze in a more or less dramatic pause
Last year I had really felt the stage fright when the teachers had called our names. Not only fear, but the physical sensation that the feet were frozen and would not move. This time it went all smoothly, I kept my composure despite all the mistakes I was continuously doing. It seems I've learned to live with my mediocrity.
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