New York Times Review: The ‘Baryshnikov of Tango,’ Sensual With His Latest Partner

Tango takes two, and the foremost tango dancers tend to travel the world in pairs, demonstrating and teaching. (Most are based in Buenos Aires, but trace any tango couple on YouTube: You find their appearances in Warsaw, Hong Kong, Rome.)

Gabriel Missé, surely the most exceptional tango dancer of recent years, and his current partner, Carla Espinoza, are in New York, this week and next. His previous partnerships have been with Natalia Hills and Analía Centurión. (He danced twice with Guillermina Quiroga in 2015-16 in New York, but nowhere else.) He remains one of our era’s superlative dancers of any genre; on Wednesday, at the Argentine Consulate, I had my first chance to watch him with Ms. Espinoza, with whom he has been dancing since 2015.

Though Mr. Missé never deviates from the style of traditional tango, each of these partners has brought out a different quality in him. He seems naturally happy, sparkling, often funny; Ms. Centurión matches his temperament this way, whereas the more poised, brooding, sometimes tragic Ms. Hills brought out darker tones, even in their most wittily dazzling numbers. In their fleeting liaisons in New York, Ms. Quiroga has been the Fonteyn to his Nureyev, the gorgeous monarch finding new sparkle from the exuberance of a younger consort.

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Mr. Missé and Ms. Espinoza, dancing brow to brow.CreditMichelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Ms. Espinoza is discreetly glamorous, youthful, elegant, with wide, dark eyes; a first impression is that she brings out his tenderly romantic side. The two dances they performed in the confined space of a ground-floor room at the consulate had only a few of the thunderbolts that he loves to hurl (from the knee down). A rapidly trilling diagonal path on his heels (ankles crossed) won applause from the audience, seated on all four sides. But the central experience was one of pure tango style, deeply sensuous, all the more moving when observed at close quarters. It’s now become a cliché to call him “the Baryshnikov of tango,” but it’s still justified when you reflect that Mikhail Baryshnikov’s dancing was founded, above all, in beauty even more than in brilliance.

Though much of Mr. Missé’s magic comes from his feet and his phrasing, a touchstone of his style comes from the high, gentle placing of his right hand on his partner’s back. Ms. Espinoza wore a black calf-length dress (the bodice decorated with white embroidery) which exposed most of her back; Mr. Missé touched one or the other of her shoulder blades with wonderful delicacy.

Their second number — to the song “Soñemos,” recorded by Carlos di Sarli — was an ideal demonstration of the give-and-take of partnering at its most intimate. No high extensions, no lifts. At times, Ms. Espinoza turned him (his feet interlocked, with one resting needlelike on the toe); elsewhere, their feet circled around each other or made darting invasions. With each, it was a pleasure to watch the dovetailing of crossed ankles. Mr. Missé remains a master of playfulness: Once, he simply let go of Ms. Espinoza, showing her perfect equilibrium for a marvelous moment; at another moment, he not only let go but also did a single turn before returning to their tango embrace.

They moved together in smoothly pouncing steps that flowed in long, thick-cream phrases; their brows touched almost nonstop, as if locked in shared thought. Especially touching were their sudden pauses: not stops, but moments of suspense. This is the kind of dancing that makes you cry without being able to explain why; to be near it is to share its luxury.

 

NY Times Review

Tango Master Gabriel Misse, August 7 – 16. Tango Seminar & Only 1 Performance Aug 15!

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“The Baryshnikov of Tango” GABRIEL MISSE

AUGUST  7 – 16, 2015

TANGO SEMINAR, PRIVATE LESSONS & PERFORMANCE with the MASTER

“As for Mr. Misse… He’s the Mikhail Baryshnikov of Tango, sweet and miraculous”

 Alastair Macaulay, New York Times Sept 26, 2013

ONLY ONE PERFORMANCE!

Sat, Aug 15, 9:30pm – 2:00am Milonga with DJ Misse & Performance.missemilonga

Adm: $15 (at Dardo Galletto Studios)

 

Argentine Tango Master Gabriel returns one more time to Dardo Galletto Studios with an Intensive Argentine Tango Seminar. Designed to improve technique, build sequences and develop Argentine tango culture and music appreciation, students can sign up for all 18 hours (full package),  9 hours (half package) or walk-in each day.  Created through Gabriel’s own training, vast knowledge and expertise, this seminar was constructed to help dancers or all levels and experience become the best tango dancers they can be.

Students who attended the previous seminar in November receive a special discount! No exceptions. Email us!

PRIVATE LESSONS: August 1 – 18: Special private lessons package discounts available. To enquire or schedule an appt, email: dardogallettostudios@gmail.com

TANGO SEMINAR:
OPEN LEVEL Each Seminar includes a 15 min break.
No partner necessary. Walk-ins welcome

Friday August 7, 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Seminar #1 (3 hrs)
Saturday August 8, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #2 (3 hrs)
Sunday August 9, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #3 (3 hrs)
Friday August 14, 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Seminar #4 (3 hrs)
Saturday August 15, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #5 (3 hrs)
Sunday August 16, 4:30pm – 7:30pm – Seminar #6 (3 hrs)

Rate per Seminar: $100 adv/$115 door by 8/5
Package price per person:
FULL SEMINAR (18 hours): $460 adv by 8/5 or $500 at the door
*HALF SEMINAR: (9 hours): $240 adv by 8/5 or $255 at the door –

*Any combination of days is allowed.

GABRIEL MISSE

Argentine Tango Instructor and Performer – BIO

Known for his classic style and grace, Missé is one of the greatest tango dancers of our time. Mr. Misse started to dance Tango from the age of six, with Masters such as Antonio Todaro and Pepito Avellaneda and performed with leading artists and musicians like Julian Plaza, Colangelo, Oscar Basil, Alberto Castillo, Roberto Goyeneche, Mariano Mores and Armando Manzanero. He has appeared intango documentaries for National Geographic and on Japanese television. For many years, Missé was part of the Miguel Angel Zotto’s companyTango x 2, the world tour of Una Noche de Tango and has choreographed severl touringtango shows. An accredited judge for the Buenos Aires Metropolitan and World TangoChampionships, Missé has taught and danced in festivals in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North & South America

 

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