Modern Tango World N° 5 (Mexico) - Page 2

Editorial Modern Tango World has entered its second year. It has certainly been a wild and exciting trip. We still don’t have any regular sponsors. We have a minimum of advertisers, and very modest circulation. We are desperately seeking some sponsors to finance the distribution of reprints of the magazine free-of-charge, at festivals, and thereby reducing our cover price.This will give us the kind of circulation that we need to attract international advertisers. So, if you know anyone in any companies, espeially those in the travel industry, that would benefit from such a distribution, please have them contact me. Recently, two related types of dancing have come to my attention.The first is Fusion. I attended to several Fusion events. They are quite different from milongas, even alternative milongas. People really mix up the music and dance genres. In fact, there was very little tango of any kind. I found the dancing very curious, as well. They danced everything from West Coast Swing to Zouk. A few people tangoed, but no bachatango, blango or any of the common tango mixtures.The other thing missing was any other Latin dance music - no candombe, milonga, cumbia, bachata, or even kizomba. However, there were some amazing variants take-offs on zouk - sort of Isadora Duncan partner dancing. I must confess that I am not much of a fan of this type of dancing, and definitely not something that I could participate in. Fusion is an interesting trend. I like the idea of cross-breeding. Tango has always been able to absorb musical styles from around the world. Mixing dance styles is another matter. Certainly, tango has been influential in the development of many dance styles Apache, Son, Danzon, Kizomba, etc.The fusion movement seems more concerned with expressionist dancing, in which the dancers express emotions through dance, like Alvin Ailey school of modern dance — improvised performance. It is almost anti-tango. As I see it, tango is a dance about communication between the partners, not expression of the individual. The other type of dance that we have been talking about in the past few months is Escenario Tango. On our web pages and in this magazine, we have dealt almost exclusively with Salon Tango, the tango that is danced at milongas. Modern tango certainly has a ‘performance/escenario’ component to it. In fact, that is about all that non-tango dancers know about - what they see on stage, in the movies or on television. Some of it is beautiful. Some of it is terrible, like everything else. The big difference is between a choreographed performance for an audience versus an improvised interpretation communicated to a partner. Both are viable forms of tango. But, they are very different from each other. Time will tell where this all leads. In any event, I am happy to see more people dancing and enjoying it, no matter what they are doing. The editor for this special edition on Mexico is Mauricio Salvador, In addition to being an accomplished milonguero, Mauricio is a writer and editor based in México City. He is the author of a book on the golden age of Mexican boxing and several short stories. He first came to tango twelve years ago. He is the founder-editor of a publishing house dedicated to the world of boxing. He is also the co-organizer of the Sacachispas Milonga.We are honored to have him edit this edition of Modern Tango World. I hope that you enjoy this issue, and come to enjoy dancing with the growing Mexican tango community. Thank you for your ongoing support. —2— To Subscribe, Click here