Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Pedro Sanchez again

I keep watch for friends on YouTube but hadn't checked out Pedro Sanchez for a while. There's one new video, posted last October. On the beautiful inlaid floor of the practice room of Alejandro Gée's guest house, Casa Tango Angelitos, and the track is Pedro's kind of tango, the wonderfully passionate D'Arienzo song, Amarras. (Tango and Chaos has the story, the words and a translation here.) It's very clearly filmed too. & at 2:59 something that looks almost like a nod to the late Tete: I can't recall seeing anyone else do that. Many thanks to Hsueh-tze Lee.

I can't help feeling that you can learn everything you need to know about leading from a video like this – by which I mean that I recognise everything I need to be able to do... and I'm not really thinking about feet. 'Con el cuerpo!' as he says, 'With the body!' & watching his partner makes me think of something I've noticed in porteño ladies, something very few non-locals seem to have picked up; they seem to show a slight hesitation before stepping. I don't know if anyone else sees that too, but it seems to bring a slight, sensuous indolence into their dance. You wanted to dance with me? So make me dance! Not a few Europeans I've danced with are more likely to anticipate the beat.

Here's one of Jantango's two marvellous videos of Ismael Heljalil. I'm not sure that his partner is local, but she never seems to rush into a step. It's as if she steps at the last possible moment. Or am I imagining things?

But this post is about Pedro so he should have the last word. Here's Tina's five-second video of Pedro.


Anonymous said...

Pocho is doing some similar steps as Pedro twice in this video, www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ak2y84C-9Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Tangocommuter said...

Many thanks, Stig. Similar, perhaps, but I think not that particular left-foot-to-right-foot sacada at 2:59?

Many thanks for reminding me of that wonderful dance in El Beso.