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Music in Motion

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Fernanda Ghi & Guillermo Merlo

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This material is inspired by all the people who wish that Tango, “our dance”, is thaught in a complete and clear way, honoring its essence.

Music is a gift to be danced and enjoyed, but it needs to be understood. Dance is one of the most beautiful ways to interpret music.

That is why dancers and musicians must work together to reach the highest level of expansion and growth within this art form.

Content

1. Presentation
2. The Musicians
3. Dancer’s and Musicians
4. Technique to define the Style
5. The Personal Style
6. The Singer and the Music
7. The Feeling, emotion in the Tango
8. Embelishments
9. The Creativity
10. A Short message from Fernanda and Guillermo

Fernanda & Guillermo Teach Tango

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Fernanda Ghi & Guillermo Merlo Teach Tango

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Fernanda Ghi & Guillermo Merlo

Set of 3 DVDs

language: English

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Set of 3 DVDs: $90.00 + shipping

DVD #1: Main Exercise Program $30.00 + shipping

DVD #2: Tango Elements $30.00 + shipping

DVD #3: Complementary Tango Elements $30.00 + shipping

For Fernanda & Guillermo, tango is one of the most nuanced and artistic forms of expression. It is a language that reflects the diverse influences of the many cultures that helped define it. They, therefore, believe that tango belongs to the world and that everyone, no matter where they come from, can understand it and embrace it.

Tango is about the land, nostalgia and communication. It is about two people moving as one to express that which is tragic, sensual and sometimes mischievous. Tango requires us to give the best part of ourselves to one another.

The true essence of tango (the embrace of a couple that creates two opposing energies that move in the same direction) is what interests Fernanda & Guillermo the most. This is what they seek to share as they teach and perform.

For more than a decade they have traveled the world as performers, teachers, choreographers and producers. They have worked in operas, ballets, comedies, dramas and films. They believe that they are not here only to dance tango steps, but also to use this complex dance to evolve as artists and communicators. They want to share this powerful expression of poetry, dance and music and to let the world know that THIS IS TANGO NOW!

This is the philosophy behind their set of DVDs and their way of teaching Tango!

Product Details

  • Teachers: Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full length
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3

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DVD Volume I

“Main Exercise Program”
Track 1: Presentation
Track 2: Main
  • Exercise Program
  • Warm Up, Session: I, II, III
  • Introducing Tango, Session: I, II, III
  • The Pivot, Session: I, II
  • Building the Embrace, Session: I, II, III
  • After Workout, Session: I, II, III
  • Final

Conclusion Track 3: Features
  • Session I: Behind the Scenes
  • Session II: Fernanda Ghi Interviews
  • Session III: Guillermo Merlo Interviews

DVD #1: Main Exercise Program $30.00 + shipping

DVD Volume II

“Tango Elements”
Track 1: Presentation

Track 2: Fundamental Elements
  • Session I: Caminar (To Walk)
  • Session II: Parar (Lift to Stop)
  • Session III: El Cruce ( The Cross)

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Track 3: Elements Derived from Basic Techniques
  • Session I: El Ocho (Number Eight)
  • Session II: El Boleo
  • Session III: Barridas (To Sweep/ To Drag)

DVD #2: Tango Elements $30.00 + shipping

DVD Volume III

“Complementary Elements in Tango”
Track 1: Presentation

Track 2: Complementary Elements in Tango
  • Session I: Giros (Turns)
  • Session II: Sacadas (Displacements)
  • Session III: Ganchos (Hooks)
Track 3:
  • Session I: Behind the Scenes
  • Session II: Fernanda Ghi Interviews
  • Session III: Guillermo Merlo Interviews

DVD #3: Complementary Tango Elements $30.00 + shipping

See Fernanda and Guillermo perform in “Music in Motion”

DVDs

Tango al Revés: Tango in Shadow Position Vol. 1

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Anton Gazenbeek

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For the first time on video the fabulous, fascinating and fun style of Tango al Revés is taught. A style of tango danced completely in shadow position, Tango al Revés or Tango Doble Frente offers a world of creative possibilities to the dancer.

After over eight years of deep research into the style dancer, choreographer, teacher and tango historian Antón Gazenbeek brings us the authentic form of Tango al Revés complete with historic background information and anecdotes about its creation in the milongas and prácticas of the 1960s.

Teaching according to the true method of Maestro Antonio Todaro, Mr. Gazenbeek, accompanied by Cecilia Gonzalez, takes us through an entire course starting with a number of creative ways of how to enter into the position and continues on with six beautiful figures.

The instruction is complete with highly detailed instruction in both the leader’s and follower’s role with details on how the dance was traditionally interpreted. Special detail and emphasis is given to the lead of the figures as well as the secrets of how to follow them well and how to best apply them to the social dance situation mixing in the material with one’s own material to create a beautifully improvisational dance.

Filmed in the Viejo Correo milonga in Buenos Aires, Argentina this is a video not to be missed. This is the first and only video in the world that teaches this fabulous, fascinating and fun style. Don’t hesitate. Learn it today!

Step List:

  1.  Introduction
  2. Embrace and Dance Position
  3. Entrance from Cross
  4. Entrance from Back Ocho
  5. Entrance from # 4 of Salida
  6. Entrance from Débouleé
  7. Base al Revés
  8. Base al Revés with Cross
  9. Blindajes (Blinds) with & without Salto (Jump)
  10. Front Ocho with Parada (Stop), Arrastre (Drag) and Woman’s Adornment
  11. Front Ocho with Back Sacada and Medio Giro (Half Turn) for Woman
  12. Exits from al Revés
  13. Bringing it all Together (Improvisation of Figures)
  14. Final Message
  15.  Dance Demo

Product Details

  • Actors: Anton Gazenbeek
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full length
  • Duration: 68 minutes
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1

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Inside Tango Argentino: The Story of the Most Important Tango Show of All Time

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Antón Gazenbeek

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Tango Argentino was the groundbreaking show that led to the renaissance of interest in Argentine Tango. It premiered in Paris, then conquered Broadway and, later, toured the whole world. It had enormous cultural influence on the understanding of tango history, music and dance, fashion, hair and makeup.

After 7 years of research and writing, tango historian Antón Gazenbeek presents his in-depth book on the history of the show Tango Argentino.  The book includes never before seen backstage photographs, memorabilia from the show and fascinating inside stories taken directly from personal interviews with all the surviving cast members.  The book has an intimate narration that allows you to be a part of the show’s creation, its backstage dramas and onstage triumphs. This is a book not to be missed!

Tango Trans-Cultural Diffusion and Adaptation after the Tango Renaissance

During the period of oppressive political regimes in Argentina during the late 1950s, the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s, tango as a social dance had been suppressed and marginalized and, to a significant degree, driven underground. With the fall of the military dictatorship in 1983 and the subsequent introduction of democracy, tango social dancing (i.e., at milongas) was revived in Argentina. The revival of tango during this period has been labeled as the ‘Tango Renaissance’.

It was at this time that the second wave of worldwide trans-cultural diffusion of Argentine Tango as a dance was initiated by the stage production ‘Tango Argentino’. In 1983 ‘Tango Argentino’ opened in Paris, and in subsequent years in numerous cities throughout Europe and North America (Anton Gazenbeek – Inside Tango Argentino: The Story of the Most Important Tango Show of All Time; published by the author, 2008). ‘Tango Argentino’ was well received by the viewing audiences. In a review in the Parisian newspaper Le Mond (November 13, 1983), Tango Argentino was described (as reported by Gazenbeek, op. cit., p. 33):

Between men and women with the sound of monotonous chants charged of sensuality. The scenario is always the same: approach, seduction, hesitation, conquest, heat, rebellion and finally death…. The men have the look of macho seducers and the girls have the incandescent glance which gives shivers everywhere.

Upon its debut on Broadway in New York in 1985, there were similar reviews (Gazenbeek, op. cit, p. 60-61):

Dancers … grab their partners and whip into high-stepping, sexy action. A woman’s leg rises slowly from under her satin skirt, telegraphing an unmistakable message. It lowers, then pauses, caught and kissed by a partner’s extended foot…. (New York Times; October 10, 1985)

The people in ‘Tango Argentino’ mean business, and the business is passion. The true tango turns out to be a mini dance-drama, formal and abandoned, austere and sensual, intricate and elemental, explosive and implosive. (Newsweek; November 18, 1985)

The shifting choreographic patterns were like the flaring up and ebbing away of emotions…. Occasionally dancers simply walked or glided enticingly. But feet could also caress the floor and the air and stamp with petulance and exuberance. In some sequences, the feet hurried forward, then paused, but not for long; and when they started up again, they darted back and forth like adders’ tongues. Little kicks to the side and constant changes of direction suggested the wiles of worldly people who were virtuosos in the art. (New York Times; July 7, 1985).

Absent from these reviews were terms like ‘shocking’, ‘indecent’, and ‘scandalous’. Social mores in Europe and North America had changed. The sexual revolution of the 1960s redefined possibilities for sexual expression. Sexuality portrayed in dance was no longer shocking. However, tango had also changed. It was no longer the rough and aggressive Tango Canyengue of 1913. The Golden Age of Tango in Buenos Aires had refined the dance and made it socially acceptable. In the smooth movement of the dancers, as well as in their elegant attire, the stage tango of Tango Argentino reflected that refinement, even in its more sensuous and seductive scenes. However, at the same time, in its dramatic portrayal of sexually-charged sensuality and its demonstration of physical prowess, ‘Tango Argentino’ provided audiences vicarious pleasure, creating a yearning for enactment of tango-derived fantasies. The fact that tango was known to be a social dance (but not known to be very different from the dance portrayed on the stage) permitted those fantasies to appear attainable. This was a major component of the popularity of ‘Tango Argentino’ and the dance it portrayed.

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