Osvaldo Zotto – Never too old, never too young…
Osvaldo was born on 14th May 1963 and brought a totally new breath to tango. He co-operated with his brother Miguel Angel Zotto. The younger and the older brothers spread the seeds of tango all around the world and let it re-born during 1980s-90s.
We are grateful to todatango.com and Silviana Damiani to let us publish the article below that gives us a closer to look at Osvaldo’s life. I am sure you will enjoy his performance with Lorena Ermocida and the video where the two brothers are dancing in their mother’s birthday (videos below).
Osvaldo Zotto – by Silvina Damiani
Zotto came from a lineage of dancers. From his childhood tango meant the quintessence of his family. His elder brother, Miguel Angel, is an unquestioned icon of tango-dance, producer and creator of the Tango x 2 Company.
In an environment that alternated tango and murga (band of street musicians) with soccer, Osvaldo learnt the secrets of popular dance that made of him an unavoidable model.
His style represented the best of dancehall tango (tango salón) which was revealed in his young figure. He paved his own way by means of his elegant steps, of his sober promenades and impeccable turns. He never detached from the floor and never stepped down on his convictions. This dancer really knew that it was not necessary to display acrobatics on the stage so that tango would be esteemed. He simply trusted in the subtlety of dancing.
When he was very young, his own brother Miguel introduced him to the world of tango dance. In the 80s, along with Mora Godoy, he attracted the public’s interest through a series of videos with teaching classes named: Así se Baila el Tango (This is the way how tango has to be danced).
Teaming up with Guillermina Quiroga, in 1989 he won the first Certamen Municipal Hugo del Carril. After that they joined the Tango x 2 company which was then led by Miguel Ángel Zotto andMilena Plebs. Osvaldo was part of two unforgettable shows: Una Noche de Tango and Perfumes de Tango.
In 1997 he began to dance with Lorena Ermocida and they became one of the most emblematic dancing couples of the latter times. They together made several world tours and were summoned by the singer Julio Iglesias to be part of his show. The Spanish artist himself paid homage to him with the following words: «He used to make love standing up, dancing. I admired him».
He danced at the most prestigious theaters and venues: the Metropolitan Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, the Luna Park of Buenos Aires and with the Symphony Orchestra of the Hollywood Bowl. He as well appeared before more than fifty thousand people in the city of Los Angeles, California.
He was invited to the Buenos Aires Tango en France 2 festival at the Chaillot National Theater in Paris and appeared at the most important festivals in the world: Madrid, Sitges, Granada, Rome, Genoa, Torino, Bologna, Hamburg, Hannover, Miami and in his beloved Buenos Aires.
He performed for worldwide personalities like the President of Egypt and the Queen of Spain. He also received a recognition by the UNESCO for his talent and his career as dancer.
His life came to an end too soon because of a heart attack. Death caught him at his home on San Juan and Boedo, that mythological street corner of Argentine tango. His close friend Tanguito Cejas found him dead in his bed.
Osvaldo Zotto embodied the refined dancehall tango style (tango salón) like nobody else did and the tango community remembers him as one of its most beloved sons.
This is the first public performance of Osvaldo Zotto and his new partner Lorena Ermocida. It took place at the legendary Club Almagro, on April 29, 1997.
Miguel-Angel and Osvaldo Zotto dancing with their Mother during the birthday party of Miguel Angel in Club Sunderland Aug 11, 2007.
* photo credit: Andreas Schroeder (Possibly the last photographer who photographed him during his dance performance, at the 5th London International Tango Festival.)