Sunday, September 26, 2010


Finally, here are the videos of Alberto and Paulina's performances at Paradiso on Friday night! 

The first is a tango - Pugliese's "A Evaristo Carriego":

The second is a vals - Orquesta Tipica Victor's "Sin Rumbo Fijo" - with the incomparable voice of singer Angel Vargas:

I wanted to upload the videos of the magnificent peformances right after I got home from the milonga, but Alberto and Paulina wanted to take a look at the footage first.

Saturday was very busy for us and for Alberto and Paulina.  In the morning, we took Paulina shopping in the morning while Alberto rested (the schedules for Alberto and Paulina's teaching tours are usually so packed there's hardly time to breathe, let alone do some shopping and see a little of the city!) and we had to squeeze in lunch before hurrying to the workshops at Toronto's Dovercourt House in the early afternoon.  When we had time to actually sit down, we showed them the videos on our iPad.

 Alberto and Paulina looked at the videos very intently and very quietly, without saying anything.

"¿Cómo salió?" they asked, anxious for our opinion.

I think that all artists tend to look at their own work with a critical eye. We certainly do (and we aren't even artists - more like dabblers), when looking at the videos of our practice sessions every week - yikes!  Sometimes it takes a little distance before you can see it for what it really is.  As outsiders looking in, we could be objective for Alberto and Paulina.

We observed the video very carefully.  We saw flawless technique.  We saw impeccable timing.  We saw grace and elegance.  We saw musicality and feeling. 

We saw two people dancing in the moment, full of enjoyment for the dance - the whole world had disappeared.

We saw Alberto and Paulina's love for each other.

"Veo solo amor," I told them.

I saw only love.  Alberto and Paulina smiled at us.  They were happy to see that we had understood the most important thing. 


Preen and Ogle said...

Perfect. Lovely. Elegant. Understated. Tango. - no tricks, no acrobatics, no crazy stuff. Esa!


Irene and Man Yung said...

Dear Terry,

We're glad that you enjoyed the videos of Alberto and Paulina's performances in Toronto - you got it, it's just pure tango, no tricks!

There's more to come!

Thanks for your comment,

Irene and Man Yung

Elizabeth Brinton said...

I love the sense of care, as well as love, in that he makes it easy for her, there is no challenge to her comfort and pleasure. It is not about him being cool or fabulous (although he is) it is about them, in the music. Love it.

Irene and Man Yung said...

Dear Elizabeth,

Some tango couples on Youtube look like they are wrestling when they dance! Thank god that we still have dancers like Alberto and Paulina and others from their generation to show us that tango can be done with love and care and gentleness (and, as you, say, still look cool and fabulous doing it!)

Thanks for your comment,

Irene and Man Yung

Justin said...

Thank you for posting the videos... as a newer person to tango its a dream and a pleasure to see such connection and feel from the music and gliding to its flow. I've been in contact with Ray about trying to schedule time with Alberto while they're in NYC :)

Preen and Ogle said...


Have a look at this. Mad or what?


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