Tango Libre

Photograph by Peter Forret

In Belgian director Frédéric Fonteyne’s film Tango Libre Mariano ‘Chicho’ Frumboli plays the ringleader of the prison’s tough Argentinean inmates who is asked by the central male character to teach him tango after realising its physical and emotional importance to his free-spirited wife.

I quote from the review in ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/venice-2012-tango-libre-review-366831):

In the stirring scenes that follow, the Argentines after initially refusing begin a spontaneous demonstration of basic tango steps, at first taunted by the guards and fellow inmates and then accompanied by their percussive handclaps. The dance is shown almost as a battle for primacy. As the display segues to regular lessons that swiftly gain in popularity, the prisoners learn that the tango represents seduction and surrender, pain and anger, frailty, grace and freedom – all of which resonate with men facing long periods behind bars….

Incidentally, the same review describes ‘Chicho’ Frumboli as the “renowned Tango Nuevo founder”, which must come as news both to Frumboli himself amd those who believe Astor Piazzolla may have a hand in its development too!

The film received the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.

No news yet on where and when the film can be seen, although the general release date is given as 7 November 2012. (For those in the London area there are previews at the ICA on 14 October, and also at the Rich Mix Centre on 12 October, and at the Curzon Mayfair on 17 October.)

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~ by magickwords on Thursday, 27 September 2012.

3 Responses to “Tango Libre”

  1. Chicho was certainly one of the inventors of tango nuevo as a way of dancing the tango, Piazzolla only created innovation in the music

    • The point I was trying to make is that, although the term tango nuevo is often used to describe a dance style (or range of styles), it was originally used to describe the compositions of Astor Piazzolla which began to introduce elements of jazz and classical music to tango.

      I don’t see the two aspects — ‘nuevo’ music and ‘nuevo’ dancing — as being necesssarily related, and, unless otherwise qualified, I understand the term to refer to its original meaning: innovation in tango music.

    • Chicho was certainly one of the inventors of tango nuevo…

      I think it more accurate to say Chicho was one of those dance instructors who took the existing term “tango nuevo” as a marketing label for his brand of tango de workshop. Nothing more.

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