Tango Argentino > Who are you when you are dancing?

Discussion in 'Tango Argentino' started by Heather2007, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    Are you yourself of another - be it another person whom you know or a subconcious character whom you wish to be.

    There's a story about Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman when they were working together on The Marathon Man. To prepare for his role, Dustin had gone days without sleep as a result of which he was looking pretty knacked. Olivier asked why it was he was putting himself through such an ordeal to which DH replied that he was trying to be true to the role. Oliver replied, "Try acting dear boy".

    I am used to telling a story with my body and so when I dance (most, if not all depending upon the experience, connection etc) it could be described as a form of Method Dancing. Totally lost in character, new theme, another room, another time, place etc.
  2. quixotedlm

    quixotedlm New Member

    I don't think - I just dance. Who I am depends on who I'm interacting with, who my partner is, and what her (dance) personality is like. In a way, I'm a mirror in front another mirror (my partner). I'm reflecting her energy who is in turn reflecting mine, and it is sort of a mirror-in-front-of-a-mirror-with-a-million-reflections sort of thing... :)
  3. SilentSong

    SilentSong New Member

    For me, it also depends.

    Things like whether it is a lesson or a performance change who I am, along with who my partner is. It also depends on the music. I am a very musical person myself, and often I find myself putting different emotions (or stories even) with different songs.

    My partner and I also do a lot of theater including singing and acting. We decided that we were going to do a play, without using dialog and use the tango (and music) to tell the audience about out characters and the situations we were in. Basically, story through tango. It's pretty cool.

    Generally I find that the person I am when I dance is the true me. Whether its telling a story of passion and intimacy, or of anger and rage. Dance is like another emotion entirely for me. I get lost in it, I don't think about who I am, or anything, but sometimes I thoughtlessly change character.
  4. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    I guess I must be too practical or something. The question doesn't even register as making sense to me, lol.
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    ditto...um...just me...that is all that I can handle
  6. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    I do hope SilentSong's wonderful, clear and emotive response worked things out for you and made more sense for you than my original Posting. But if still things are not any clearer, take the wonderful dance of the Paso Doble as a wonderful example of what it is I am asking. The man "impersonates" the matador and the lady the red cape. And here it is just not about remembering the steps and executing them on the dancefloor but working them into a story and becoming the characters. In AT some do, some don't. The posting was merely asking who did/who didn't - c'est tout!!
  7. The Tango Addict

    The Tango Addict New Member

    Depending on the music... I teeter between drama queen and evil seductress.

  8. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    just me.
  9. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    Just me...but there are many sides of me and different parts come out. I shove one back in and another pops out.
  10. jennyisdancing

    jennyisdancing Active Member

    Me too. Though I would say that when I dance, that is my truest self also. Dancing helps me express what words cannot. But that fits in with the "method" idea i.e. you take your real experiences and feelings and channel them into the character you are playing. I find this with AT especially. AT dancers are typically portrayed as dark, exotic, mysterious and moody. Doesn't describe me too well, I'm more of a good-natured, wisecracking blonde. ;) But I look inside myself and get into the music and that helps me find my inner tango goddess. :)
  11. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    This is from an interivew with a jazz musician. I think it applies to dancing AT, too.
    It sounds like the "Is your Tango like Jazz" thread.

    "That's just a record of something that was done at a particular time. That's not the ultimate. But to see a guy perform over and over again— "What does he do tonight? What will he do tomorrow night?" You know, a record is just going to play the same way every time you hear it. I don't care how good it is or whatever it is. I can always enjoy it. But I like to think— Even when I'm playing myself, I don't know. If I play a tune right now, I mean— I don't know. Tomorrow night I won't even
    ― 56 ― ​
    remember what I played today. It's just a matter of being spontaneous and taking whatever happens. You feel different from day to day, so, consequently, that's going to come out in your playing. I'm not saying it's better one night or worse one night. It's just— I don't know how to explain it. But your whole process is just a little bit different. Then it depends on who you're playing with. How does that guy feel? And so forth and so on. "

    Full interview here, if anyone's interested.
  12. Cortado

    Cortado New Member

    How many different characters do you conjure up? only a few or many?

    When i dance, i do not fit into any other role but i imagine that i am the interpreter of the song or the composer of the music and therefore performing to/with my dance partner.

    It makes musical interpretation and connection easier - (in my limited way of course).
  13. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    I aim for No-me-at-all, to disappear into the music and the movement.
  14. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    How many? Depends on the lead and of course the music. But tends to be 3. The Courtesan. The Child. The Joker. :razz:
  15. madmaximus

    madmaximus Well-Known Member


    James Bond.

    And I must away to the casino ...

    I'm in a white tuxedo,
    I'm downing a vodka-martini as I write this,
    And my Russian partner, elegantly dressed in a black gown by Chanel, just walked in--late as usual.

    And, this evening, we ARE going to a formal ball.

    (Somehow, can't stop thinking about that Walther PPK strapped on to my partner's inner thigh...)



  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

  17. spectator

    spectator Member

    I am a predatory cat woman... all you decent leaders beware mwah ha ha ha!
  18. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I simply must figure out who I am ...I think it might help....pondering this...but when I do find myself I want to dance with james bond....
  19. madmaximus

    madmaximus Well-Known Member

    And Mr. Bond will be there for ya.
    Slightly wrinkled white tuxedo and Vodka-martini hangover notwithstanding....


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