Thursday, June 19, 2008

Juan Esquivel and Susy Tilbe

En el bailable La Yumba (Buenos Aires) organizada Por Nina y Luis, el 18 de Junio de 2008 se realizó un simple homenaje al gran músico don Carlos Di Sarli. La presencia de Dora Di Sarli, una de sus 2 hijas engalanó la jornada. Bailaron Juan Ventura Esquivel y Susy Tilbe un hermoso tango por la orquesta de C. Di Sarli. Musicalizó y realizó los anuncios: Quique Camargo.

I was scanning through the newest (and usually crappy) tango videos on YouTube this morning. I didn't know I was in for a real treat - someone had taken a video of the performance of Juan Esquivel and Susy Tilbe dancing to Di Sarli's "El Ingeniero".

Juan and Susy are two of the principal dancers in Oscar Hector's show "Milonguisimo" - the current line-up of milongueros includes Juan and Susy, Jorge Uzunian and Haydee Ester Malagrino, Horacio Prestamo and Gabriela, and Oscar Hector himself with Teresita Brandon. The singer and milonguero Miguel Angel Balbi sings in the show. The show's previous line-up included Alberto Dassieu and Elba Biscay and Pedro Vujovich and Graciela Cano (former Metropolitan campeonato winners).

In my opinion, it's the best tango show on the planet, but what do I know, I haven't gone to see "Tanguera" or "Tango Fire" or "Roberto Herrera's Nuevo Tango Show" lately.

I wish more people would have a chance to see the dancers in Milonguisimo dance - the first time I saw snippets of scenes from the show, my heart was beating so fast that if I was watching the whole show instead of just a few seconds from each number (the person who put it on YouTube didn't want to post entire numbers onto the internet) I think I would have had a heart attack. Where else can you get such a large range of traditional styles of tango danced so well with such incredible musicality all in one place?

Of the milonguero couples in the show, Juan and Susy have a sedate, elegant style. We haven't had a chance to talk to Juan at length about his style, but it seems to us it has much in common with the way that El Chino, Portalea, and Fino danced - elegant posture, long steps, powerful pauses and sustained smooth movements.

I had a chance to exchange emails with Susy and this was her advice to me:

Sabés que en la vida lo importante no es llegar sino SEGUIR.....

Know that in the life the important thing is not to arrive but TO FOLLOW.

More information on Milonguisimo can be found on the Confiteria Ideal Website here.


jantango said...


I agree that Milonguisimo is a must-see for visiting dancers. There will be a special presentation on Tuesday, June 24, the 73rd anniversary of Gardel's passing. Milonguisimo is currently running on Fridays only in Confiteria Ideal.

Anonymous said...

As a matter of interpretation, the quote from Susy can also be translated as:

Know that in the life the important thing is not to arrive but TO CONTINUE or GO ON.

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