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A Tribute to Maestro Carlos Gavito/Video Clips and Biography Recommendation

Carlos Eduardo Gavito (1942-2005)  was one of the most famous, gifted and revered milongueros, performers, philosophers and iconic figures in the history of Argentine tango. If you’ve seen him in person or watched his videos, you are acquainted with his unique style. If you have not seen him, or wish to see him again, here are a few clips, followed by a brief description of the biography, “I Wanted to Dance” which I highly recommend.
This first video was filmed at 2001 Nora’s Tango Week, (www.tangoweek.com). It was my third year of twelve as Nora’s guest writing daily articles. In one of the daily Chamuyos (informal group chats with each Maestro) I asked Gavito, “Do Argentines understand tango more than non-Argentines.” He said, “Tango has no anthem and no flag. It belongs to the world. If it touches you, you understand it.”  Priceless.
Gavito and Marcela Duran’s first dance is a one-of-a-kind milonga. Their second number is “A Evaristo Corriego,” a multi-rhythm/multi-mood composition named in honor of an Argentine poet whose writings involved various moods and rhythms.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrsQvq89PR4
Gavito’s flawless footwork, forever-pauses and inimitable tilt-to-the-hilt.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUof6qa10yM&index=19&list=PLCAA4ADE6FFC6D4B1 
A Evaristo with a different partner.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H6GvpWRNi8  
One of the stories in “I Wanted to Dance” tells how he came to create this style.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sLh-nuynU8&list=PLcJTlZerccyAIXryX_zHR2r8oZyYlDYDf&index=12 
More precision, always featuring the follower.
Amazon link to “I Wanted to Dance” by Ricardo Plazaola, translated by Karen Simon, and a review from a certain enamored reader. la la la
http://www.amazon.com/Wanted-Dance-Carlos-Gavito-Passion-ebook/dp/B00P8EPK2G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420113700&sr=8-1&keywords=i+wanted+to+dance
IMO this book is a must-read for serious dancers, especially men. “Serious” because until we’ve been in tango long enough to grasp an inkling of its breadth and depth, everything is just words. With experience comes understanding as we begin to “get it.” Gavito’s evolution from hot-shot-dance-whiz  to stately-mature-caring partner is described through intriguing stories in his words, from his family, partners, associates. The book, in paperback and on ebooks, follows the Maestro’s journey from dancing with his feet to dancing with his heart and might affect how you think about your dance and tango in general.
If you do purchase it (I’m not connected in any way to sales) I’d love to hear your comments. And if you know or find a favorite Gavito quote or story, please share.
Thank you for taking time to read this and please forward to those who might be interested.

 

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