Surrender Tango delves into the mystery of the tango connection--why sometimes you lose yourself in your partner's arms and other times three minutes seems like three hours. This thirty-minute film goes beyond tango as a dance to tango as a metaphor for relationships. The rules and roles of tango partnering reveal how giving space actually creates more intimacy. The film breaks down various aspects of the dance to see how a good embrace is about sharing; the lead is about clarity and commitment; the follow is about sensitivity and surrender. But surrender requires that the dancers be centered and independent of each other before they can truly give themselves to each other. Sensuality is the frisson that adds tension and excitement to the dance and music is the glue that holds the couple together. Shot entirely in New York City, social dancers talk in Central Park and South Street Seaport about how tango has affected their lives; dance teachers and performers convey the intricacies of the connection through interviews and demonstrations. The film includes music by Hector Del Curto's Eternal Trio and culminates in a performance of Escualo by Mariela Franganillo and Jorge Torres.
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Argentina's favorite dance gets moving in Marcia Rock's 'Surrender Tango'
Monday, July 12th 2010, 4:00 AM
"Surrender Tango," Monday night at 9 on Ch. 25
"Surrender Tango" dissects Argentina's favorite dance so finely that it ends up almost a puree. It also ends up quite fascinating.
It never gets closer to Argentina than Central Park, however, since this charming, half-hour documentary was shot entirely in New York, with real-life New Yorkers.
Filmmaker Marcia Rock explains up front that she became fascinated by the deeper meaning of the tango when she started taking tango lessons herself. So she started talking to instructors and dancers, and found that the more she talked to them, the more it seemed clear that the tango is in many ways a graceful metaphor for life.
"The more you know how to give space" to your partner, one dancer explains, "the closer...
The intelligent users guide to tango. Plenty of dance films offer technique, this film explores the psychology behind the dance by dissecting the dance's emotional aspects. The dancing is exquisite, commentary inciteful and the overall impression is stunning. Loved it.
Surrender Tango is fantastic. Full of fun,sexy, and life. I enjoyed the experience and felt I was dancing on the floor with the dancers. It also introduced me to a world of dance that was new to me and very intriguing.
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