Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Tango and Reincarnation
Reincarnation means something different in tango.
Juan D'Arienzo's orchestra plays and you embody the music in a totally different way than if Troilo's orchestra is playing. When your body changes so much, I would argue that this is a type of new "incarnation." A new tanda starts, and then the next orchestra is Di Sarli. Now your incarnation of the music transforms you yet again.
So this sort of "reincarnation" is possible when we dancers let go of all the steps we have learned. Reincarnation happens by listening to the music rather than nervously trying to knit one' "moves" all together during a tanda. Let that go! Breathe. Reincarnate as the music guides you to a new embodiment, moving uniquely through this present tanda.
Really it's bad karma to dance the same way to no matter what music is playing.
Why wait to die to be reincarnated the old way? Each tanda, each orchestra, really each song gives you the chance at reincarnation. I do not want to be flippant about Hindews or others who truly believe in reincarnation, but isn't it sad to leave your partner behind in reincarnation? Tango offers reincarnation with a partner; nirvana with a partner; heaven-on-earth with a partner. If we get to choose, I choose reincarnation with every tanda and with every partner. During a pandemic, it may mean dancing with a broom, dancing alone, but whatever you do--experience reincarnation regularly.