|Posted on March 16, 2009 at 4:00 AM|
I went to see Tango! Tango! last week. This is a dramatised account of Astor Piazzola's life featuring a small Tango band caled Tango Famenco and illustrated by two dancers.
Obviously I knew most of the songs....but disappointed that it did not include "Vuelve Al Sur".....although the actor recounting Piazzolla's life did sing out a few lines without music for dramatic effect.
The audience was predominantly the kind of people who undertake ballroom dancing or who regularly go to provincial theatre, irrespective of what is on....so no great assurance that a market of music lovers are already desperate for Tango music.
The idea was confirmed that in Argentina they do not dance to Piazzolla, although they revere him it is for being famous for making tango music not for his music...to which is not easy to dance.
Also, either the Argentine Tango danced to Piazzolla allows little variation, or the dancers and choreography were not inspired...but I found the dancers undertook the same moves virtually every dance...although there was some variationn throughout.
Interesting to discover that he owed a lot to Bach...which you can hear on a couple of things....particularly "Adios Nonino" the lament ot his father...which clearly has a Bach bass figure underpinning.
Still I continue in earnest.