Thursday, 12 August 2010

What's happening here?

What's happening here at 01:29-01:35? Is it led (obviously where she is going is led, I mean the way she is going there) and if it is her own variation what is it a variation on, i.e. what is he leading? Is it just a forward walk with some pivot or is there some element of lean-and-drag?



I think it requires a slippery floor and when I imagine making that movement I feel that it might be naturally inspired by a slippery floor. But it looks delightfully bonkers, I think it's great just there, and I want to know what is really happening.

Hat tip Alex, who has a post with eight different performances to this gorgeous milonga.

7 comments:

ModernTanguera said...

I have no idea if I'm seeing it right, but to me it looks functionally like the volcada movement that Homer and Cristina do at about 1:11 and 2:00 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-37Q_r-8PHw

I think he's essentially bringing her into a slight volcada and moving her while she embellishes to the music. (I think the volcada starts at 1:31, after her first couple steps forward.)

I may be entirely wrong, but that's how it looks to me!

ModernTanguera said...

That was my long way of saying that yes, I think there's an element of lean-and-drag. ;)

Tangocommuter said...

El Flaco and Silvina Valz! What can't they do... It looks like levitation, but I think he's simply walking backwards while supporting her weight. Watch his feet for a change: he's very grounded. He's might be leading the half-ochos very slightly. Normally a leader would support his partner's weight to prevent a step: I think this is just taking it a bit further, while walking backwards. Anyway, she knows this one: it's in most of their videos, but here it looks particularly amazing because the lighting is so excellent. Or maybe it is levitation! Magic.

Romney said...

Aaah, the moonwalk of the tango world.

Sophie Tango said...

He;s taking over her weight - you can see him grasping her more securely just before lifting her - she is just superbly grounded and stays "down" - very good find, thanks!

msHedgehog said...

Ok, pretty clear consensus and so far, I think I'm convinced. It would be nice to test and see what works and how feasible a mini-version is, although I wouldn't want to go there without a LOT of trust. @MT, yikes, don't fancy the splits version much but you could be right. @Sophie - I really like how grounded it looks.

Golondrina said...

Great move - made me laugh out loud.
I love the way El Flaco dances.