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Thursday, March 5, 1987
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The donee of revolution
By Charles Lieurance
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"Only rarely today does the
dance exert a strong influence
on dance music, although the
detestable tendency of compe
tition dancers immediately
after the last war to distort the
movements of the tango until
the dance became almost a
burlesque of itself did cause
dance bands, against the incli
nation of at least some of the
leaders, to speed up the music
from "Social Dance"
by A.H. Franks
The tango is the dance of revolu
tion. The image that appears in one's
mind at the thought of this exotic
dance may be far from revolutionary
perhaps images of the jet-setting
rich stepping to sensual rhythms on
the dance floors of Buenos Aires,
decked out in scarlet cummerbunds,
sipping liqueurs between hesitant
steps and languid pauses.
But the tango is the rhythm of
uesperate times. It is a dance for
walkers, for those too weary to Cha
rleston and too broken to fox-trot. It
is a dance of melancholy. That the
dance was adopted by the gro
tesquely wealthy leisure set of Amer
ica and Europe is an act of coloniza
tion and cultural robbery not unlike
the robbery that made white musi
cians rich off songs by blacks during
the first 20 years of rock 'n' roll
while black musicians, receiving
little if any royalties and almost
always with far superior versions of
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the songs, were exiled helplessly to
The tango can be traced to the
war dances of the ancient Thebans,
armored warriors walk-dancing a
round the bottoms of pots and urns
without a cummerbund in sight.
The tango is picked up again, after
much scholarly debate, as a dance
of slaves being transported to Cen
tral and South America (mainly
Since then the dance has become
an integral part of the Argentine
identity and, as with most things
produced in the Third World or by
any minorities, it has been judged
obscene, indecent and immoral. As
with most things judged obscene,
indecent and immoral, the tango is
a source of great pleasure. Although
it is a dance born of revolution, pov
erty and disenfranchisement, it is a
dance of great passion and intimacy.
The tango has seen its way through
numerous class revolts, coups, riots
and wars from Argentina to Paris to
And its popularity is once again
on the rise, starting on the fringes of
Although the new solo LP by
Lounge Lizard pianist Evan Lurie
may not sound much like dance
music, it is an album of tango
music. The music is melancholy and
without any instrumental or vocal
accompaniment. It is almost like a
fill-in-the-blank LP. On either side
of the beautifully uncomplicated
piano passages are open spaces
where there normally would be per
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cussion or horns. This has the effect
of producing the most sublime,
imaginative rhythms in the listen
er's mind. This is an album of clues
to another, as yet unconstructed,
piece of music. It is an experiment
in what certain parts in a band
sound like alone. The result is cap
tivating, puzzling and intimate. It is
tango despite its relative lack of
danceability. It is tango in the melan
choly, tango in its sensuality, tango
in its depth. Lurie plays from the
bottom of a deep blue pool of shad
ows. The touch of opulence to Lur
ie's piano playing probably comes
from being a part of the Manhattan
scene, but it doesn't detract from
the naturalness of the music.
Further from the edge of new
music, REM, Klaus Flouride and
numerous bands in the alternative
music limelight have composed var
iations of the tango.
A new Italian film called "Tango"
compares the elements of the dance
to the political situations of Europe.
To this are added surreal, chimeri
cal figures that seem to arise natu
rally out of the tango's rhythms.
To the current Charleston and
fox trot of Reagan, Ferdinand Mar
cos and his darling wife Imelda,
Poindexter, North, Gadhafi, and the
tyrannical high and mighty world
wide, the struggling adventurous
world adds the tango for desperate
times: the tango of the Sandinista,
of submission and revolt, of despair
and fragile hope.
Not a cummerbund in sight.
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