Tango Nuevo has been popularized in recent years by a younger generation of dancers. The embrace is often
quite open and very elastic, permitting the leader to lead a large variety of very complex figures. This style is often associated
with those who enjoy dancing to jazz- and techno-tinged "alternative Tango" music, in addition to traditional Tango compositions.
Tango Nuevo is often misunderstood and mislabeled as "Show Tango" because a large percentage of today's stage dancers have adopted "tango
nuevo" elements in their choreographies.
Tango Nuevo is a dancing and teaching style. Tango nuevo as a teaching style emphasizes a structural
analysis of the dance in which previously unexplored combinations of steps and new figures can be found. It is a result of
the work of the "Tango Investigation Group" (later transformed into the "Cosmotango" organization) pioneered by Gustavo Naveira
and Fabian Salas in the 1990's in Buenos Aires. By taking tango down to the physics of the movements in a systematic way,
they have created a method of analyzing the complete set of possibilities of tango movements, defined by two bodies and four
legs moving in walks or circles. This investigation provided a view of a structure to the dance that was expressed in a systematic
In walks, their explorations pioneered what were once called "alterations"
and are now called "changes of direction". In turns, they focus on being very aware of where the axis of the turn is (in the
follower/in the leader/in between them). This tends to produce a flowing style, with the partners rotating around each other
on a constantly shifting axis, or else incorporating novel changes of direction.
Many of the recent popular elements in tango vocabulary, such as single-axis
turns, owe their debut on the tango scene to the popularity of Gustavo's and Fabian's approach.
From this teaching style, a new and unique style of dancing has developed,
called by many a "tango nuevo" style. The most famous practitioners of "tango nuevo" are Gustavo Naveira, Fabian Salas, Chicho
Frumboli, and Pablo Veron. Interestingly enough, all four of these dancers have highly individual styles that cannot be confused
with each other's, yet can be easily recognized as "tango nuevo".
(from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tango_(dance)#Tango_Nuevo)
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nuevo, fusion, neo - the fast expanding world of argentine tango
there is a whole new world of terms creeping in the conversations on argentine tango. people no longer
just "dance tango", but they dance and listen to "nuevo" or "fusion" or "neotango" - what is going on?
argentine tango, both the music and the unique partner dance, evolved in the backstreets of buenos
aires at the turn of the 20th century. tango reached it's golden age in the 1940's, spreading to europe and further. today,
the argentine invention has become a worldwide phenomenon.
although for many the tango of 40's still represents the "authentic" argentine experience, young revolutionary
minds keep looking further. in the 50's astor piazzolla caused outrage in buenos aires by fusing jazzy rhythms into tango
music. adored elsewhere, the style became known as tango nuevo.
in dance, the same revolution had to wait until the 90's, when the duo gustavo
naveira and fabian salas, later joined by pablo veron
(featuring in sally potter's film 'the tango lesson'), began to study tango systematically extracting a rich repertoire of
leadable dance moves. they introduced a new structured way to teach the - before so hard to learn - tango technique.
today, tango is experiencing another transition: the fusion with contemporary
non-tango music and dance genres. a new generation of musicians and dancers blend tango nuevo
with electronic music, salsa, house
and other popular forms.
more and more young and adventurous people are attracted to the world of tango by the prospect to dance
to modern music, such as the electronic beats of carlos libedinsky's narcotango, or complete non-tangos, such as jazz, pop
or movie soundtracks.