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NoBailarás – Sin Pecado Concebido (Born Without Sin) (2012)

Probably only for tango and Spanish-conversant fans, the production and songs are handicapped by a lack of translations.

Published on December 26, 2012

NoBailarás – Sin Pecado Concebido (Born Without Sin) (2012) 

Production by The Argentine Tango Dance Company
Director: Silvana Grill
Musicians: Perta Flores, violin; Cristian Asato, piano; Matias Rubino, bandoneon, Santiago Vera Candioti, elec. guitar; Aureliano Marin, doublebass & vocals
Studio: Acqua Records AQ 363 [Distr. by Naxos]
Video: 16:9 color
Audio: Spanish PCM stereo
No English subtitles or extras
Rating: ***

With no English captions, printed booklet, or even a translation of the DVD’s title, it took some effort to make sense of this DVD. No Bailarás is a very contemporary Buenos Aires tango dance company who dance to some of the best composers of the new generation of tango. There is not a single piece by Piazzolla. Their name translates as “you will not dance,” and this particular production—which it has performed in cities around the world—is based on a very popular Mexican telenovela series which translates as “Born Without Sin.”  I gather the dancers represent some of the show’s characters. My only idea of the plot comes from a free online translation which is terrible, so I can only surmise it seems to be something like a Mexican Dallas.

There are basically six dancers, but they are paired up in unusual ways for some of the 19 different dances here—not all are as couples by any means. Dance company director Grill plays around with gender dynamics and some of the moves are quite sexy. At one point the female dancers wear outer-space-looking outfits with high sort of tailfins on their shoulders—no idea how that ties in with the TV series. In another one them leaves her flouncy dress on the floor and dances with her partner in her black slip.

The tango quintet is excellent, and the music is clearly approached as though it were classical chamber music. The bassist is the cantor for about five of the selections, and has a lovely voice, though it is unfortunate it wasn’t seen fit to provide either translations in a printed booklet or English subtitles for the songs. The selections are mostly of interest, and don’t fall into the corny tango style of old. The violin and bandoneon soloists have some interesting passages. One of their dance productions had some nudity in it, but not this one. The lighting and videography is of high quality.

—John Sunier

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