Thursday, 28 January 2010

An asado with Pedro Sanchez

I've been looking forward to this post. The film celebrates an exceptionally happy and enjoyable tango evening in Buenos Aires, an asado with Pedro Sanchez, organised so we could film him dancing. In fact he seemed much more interested in teaching, but the film of the evening as a whole, and the brief moments of his dance, were so good that it seemed a real waste not to put it all together as a short film. I'm also happy to have put together something resembling a film, rather than just uploading videos of performances.

Moreover, YouTube tells me that I've been uploading clips for two years this month, and that this one is my 50th! Celebrations all round. Hope you enjoy the asado.

PS. The section of Pedro talking actually lasts about 40 minutes, a fascinating story of his life in tango and in Buenos Aires. I hope we can YouTube it, or at least some longer extracts from it, in the not-too-distant future. It's full of stories, and thoughts about tango as dance and music.


NYC Tango Pilgrim said...

It is good to see that Pedro hasn't changed much. Did he make the rabbit stew? :-)

Anonymous said...

Dos o tres pasos .. pero bien .. pero bien.

Golondrina said...

Really delightful little film. Thank you for preparing it - we will need these in the future to keep the link to tango past.

Tangocommuter said...

@NYC: sadly no rabbit stew, but there was plenty to eat! & Pedro seems in great form.
@Anon: quality rather than quantity!
@Golondrina: thanks! We're so lucky that, after the 1955-1985 tango hiatus, the technology comes along to enable us not only to film inexpensively but also to disseminate film easily and for nothing, while some of the generation who remember the last days of the 'golden age' are still active. Not that you can learn to dance from film. An hour spent with some of that generation teaches you more than weeks of video, because they watch you as they watch each other. But video is still an invaluable back-up.