Thank you to everyone who was kind enough to comment on my previous post on the compás. Martin Wilkinson offered a further example of this: Ricardo Vidort and Liz Haight, dancing again to Canaro’s Poema.
I have heard people who have considered moving to tango from other dances, or perhaps started to learn and become discouraged, state that for them Argentine tango is too full of rules and restrictions. This seems to me like saying that it isn’t worth learning to write well because there are too many rules of grammar and spelling.
Looking at these three videos I am reminded again that one of the joys, and strengths, of tango is that it can embrace such an enormous range of interpretations of a single piece of music. Every interpretation may have its exponents and detractors, but these examples show that for the best dancers the seemingly strict structure of tango in itself forms the basis for a sensitive expression of a beautiful piece of music.
In any form of creative or interpretative art there can be no beauty without structure?