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by Dhamaka

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I only just got to the Bloomsbury Theatre on time - After so much work on Lucia there was only just time to finish the review of a new book on tango by Christine Denniston.

I met my friend Carole by the press desk when I saw a woman with a familiar face.

"Excuse me, I know your face. Do you write about dance?"
"Yes, my name is Christine Denniston"
... oops!

I interviewed her in the first break.

Transtango is a project initiated by Patricia Bossio that uses tango to examine immigrant communities and urban encounters. The premise is that it was a way for a new immigrant community in Buenos Aires to create a new common identity within the emerging city. It combines the music of Alexander Balanescu (and his quartet) with that of Pablo Mainetti. Elena Roger (the first Argentine Evita) sang, photographs were produced by Brendan McGinty, produced and edited by Adam Finch and directed by WIlliam Hicklin.

It was stunning. An incredible blend of music and meaning, images and sound, mini movies, messages and memories.

In the last part, the cord that holds the tailpiece support of Balanescu's violin broke. Pablo Mainetti played a wonderful tango on solo bandoneon while we waited to see if it could be fixed. Then, for a while Balanescu came on with his colleague's guitar and played two violin parts with his colleague James' violin!

Strangely enough the person who makes and supplies the quartet with guitars was in the audience and was able to fix it backstage. James returned and took his place as the music continued with a full quartet.

I love my job.

Then after parking the car I disturbed a rather healthy looking fox, next-door's cat and Misha in a kind of triangular Mexican stand-off. It would have made a great shot but I couldn't boot the camphone in time.

(camphone photos, just to give an impression. I'd have felt wrong doing anything else)

Viv says:

sounds like I missed a good one!

3rd Nov 2007, 10:03

JokerXL says:

good to see you enjoying a "night out" like that.
Once I've finished my "chores" Annie and I are going to a very nice restaurant this evening.
First draughts of "de moorden" heading your way this afternoon.

3rd Nov 2007, 10:56

Dhamaka says:

Viv - you really did.
Maggie - so did you!

Thanks Joker, Speak later

3rd Nov 2007, 12:45