TANGO. An anxious quest for freedom


Writers: Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel

NEW edition revised and updated

Translated by Martin Harvey, 152 pages with illustrations.

For the first time a literary work on tango dynamics attempts to dialogue about the technical and theoretical aspects of this dance, that is ¨porteña¨, and shows us to the world.


The Book
For the first time a literary work on tango dynamics attempts to dialogue about the technical and theoretical aspects of this dance, that is ¨porteña¨, and shows us to the world.

Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel have investigated for years in an endeavour to contain the driving ideas of tango, and have come up with this synthesis. If the reader happens to be a tango dancer, he or she will be able to corroborate and raise awareness as to the internal processes that take part during his dancing performances. If the reader is not a tango dancer, this book will help understand why it has been said that tango is the deepest dance in the history of human kind.

It is far from the authors intention to teach any figures, sequences, or “choreographic” secrets through this book, but to fathom the depths of this wonderful dance, its history, and its expressive capacity, penetrating the anatomic attitudes and psychological postures of the individual dancer as well as of the couple, dealing in detail each topic in each different chapter.
The authors disclose the techniques that, as Rodolfo Dinzel states, make the amateur and the professional dancer observant of posture, gesture, air, attitude, character… of the overall manner that constitute tango-dance as opposed to simply moving to the rhythm of tango.

This new turn of the century sees tango widespread throughout the world; its figures and names, sequences and choreography are what we first and faster catch on. This is only tango’s form. But Argentineans and not-Argentineans alike know, as we step into the pleasure of this dance, how arduous to reach the appropriate manner is; as we also know that only through manner can we dance tango and inspiringly transmit its essence, each time the music plays and two dancers embrace into a tango couple.

Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel travelled all the world around dancing tango as members of the company “Tango Argentino”, putting up performances as dancers and choreographers, one of such made Mikhail Baryshnikov say that tango “is a dance of indescribable beauty, with the finesse of ballet and the fire of flamenco.”

Tango, an anxious quest for freedom, first published Argentina in 1994, was translated to German and published in 1999. Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel are also authors of The Dinzel System of Choreographic Notation, a work that covers over 3,600 tango figures. They were devoted to teaching and to the study of improvisation, mechanics technique, and a theory to practice, all of these issues were published a few years before their death.

Press Release
“Rarely did a book, whose presentation did not promise much, move me so deeply.”
Claudia Tiemann, Tangodanza magazine, Germany

“The Dinzels danced tango drawing the purest and finest aesthetic lines. Thus they awake the deepest feeling that nostalgia could make claim on.”
 Clarin Newspaper, Buenos Aires

“The fleet-footed Dinzels dance as if the stage were burning.”
Jennifer Dunning, The new York Times

“Tango as you´ve never seen before.”
 Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“And the Dinzels lacked nothing in fast-flying spiffiness.”
Los Angeles Times

“And how Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel keep the tango from becoming a tangle during the intricate El Entrerriano is a mystery.”
Kyle Lawson, The Phoenix Gazette

“The Dinzels display a different way to dance tango,… feeling in dance…in the words of Enrique Santos Discepolo. They dance tango in its differente styles, modern, arrabalero and cayengue, always supported by an excellent technique.”
Geral do Brasil

“Devilish dance, witchcraft music where haughtiness and passion rule. Tango marvelled the audience at the theater yesterday evening.”
Arts et Spectacles, Quebec