Luckily tango has evolved and us followers are not wearing anguished expressions while the leader’s hat brim pokes us on the side of the face.
Last night, for instance, I watched a most stirring and beautiful show tango performance by Luis and Daniela at the Princeton Tango Festival. They were sensational, passionate, musical, and technically impeccable. As soon as it’s up on YouTube I’ll add the video to this post. For the time being, here they are dancing tango to Chopin music at the Cracow, Poland, tango festival last month,
Today I was reading Phyllis Chesler‘s post on her enjoyment of Cole Porter songs, where she asks,
On a more serious note: Are people flocking to old time-y events precisely because we fear that our 9/12 world has truly changed and may soon be changing even more radically? Are we trying to live for the moment because we fear that we, too, will soon all be on breadlines, or the victims of horrifying natural or nuclear disasters?
Are these passionate interests arising out of a fatalistic, seize-the-moment urge, or do they come from enjoying a higher form of art engaging the senses and the sprit – such as beautiful music, a dance movement that stirs the soul, meaningful lyrics – more than most contemporary “stuff” put out by today’s entertainment industry?