Escuela de Tango Danza "DISCEPOLIN"
Interview by the journalist Guillermo Alfieri
True Name: Jorge Martín Orcaizaguirre
(10 October 1926 – 2 August 1990)
A lot before teaching Robert Duvall the secrets of the tango and of the roasted one, Virulazo was not Virulazo. Jorge Martin Orcaizaguirre was, in the western villages from Buenos Aires, Basque. Its talent with the bowls changed her the nickname.
It was, in accordance with the time, a normal type: capable of tirotearse for polleras ("that they were not mine", it would clarify Elvira, their wife later on) problems, anxious for the trampera of the goldfinch of San Fair, good friend's patio, lifter of numbers, great dancer.
It had paid, hardly, the powerful mythology of Tablada, San Fair and Slaughterhouses if Héctor Orezzolli and Claudio Segovia had not decided to make a razzia of the ugly, dirty and bad of the milonga to arrange the show Argentinean Tango that excelled in the world starting from 1983.
Virulazo debuted to the 12 years in a kermese dancing with its mother. At the 18 he shone in the tracks of Defenders of Tablada, Almafuerte, New Chicago. One day, Celedonio Flores saw it and he told him/her: "Pibe, pará of dancing. Or empezá to get paid." In 1952, with their wife Aída, obtained the first prize of a competition in Radio Splendid. Their style was simple: he knew how to walk the track and he/she had presence.
It was unusual he saw it to him for where. He cleaned the fingernails with a jack-knife, memory of their butcher past. He said that the chocolate was "for maricones." He Hated Piazzolla. When they asked her, for example, by Venice, he responded: "Venice? Chacarita with water." A scar that crossed her the face rounded the character.
In 1957 he separated Aída and he entered with Elvira Santamarina. He had been their first girlfriend and soon he/she would transform into their great love and in the great dance partner. It was thin as a rush and he/she knew how to make comfortable among the 130 kilos of Virulazo. They shone in each one of the suburban milongas. Segovia and Orezzolli saw that chemistry. And when they summoned them for Argentinean Tango they knew the risk that you/they ran: Virulazo was the antithesis of the image of the tango in the exterior, that that Valentino is plentiful in the trilogy, sensual & erotic. He/she says you Surround, also integral of Argentinean Tango: "First people laughed. Virula and Elvira seemed Brutus and Olivia. When they began to dance, they stopped to make fun and they stayed in silence. And at the end, always, the ovacionaban"
With the silver of Argentinean Tango it could complete the dream of being bought a chalecito in San Exactly. The grill and the quincho were almost bigger that the house. He boasted of always having "the clever" ember. here, Duvall learned the secrets of the gizzard "crocante" to diffuse them in Beverly Hills. There, Duvall counted him/her how its brave international bar grew: Anthony Quinn, Leslie Caron, Combat Minnelli, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov.
The close contact "with the alienage" made proud it, but until there. When they asked him/her what place he had liked more, he always responded: "The turn" airplane.
Beyond the anecdotes that are their genius's unavoidable wrapping and figure, Virulazo was the most picturesque and prototypical representation in a species in extinction: that of the milonguero of the decades of 40 50. They died Petroleum, Todaro, Lavandina, Pepito Hazel grove; today, that memory rests in the feet of you Surround and Gerardo Portalea, among some other one.
The choreographer Claudio Segovia said: "The ferocity with which he/she surrendered, the union of beauty and it forces that it achieved with Elvira, it was in the mind of all those that have seen" it. That way was like a metaphor danzística of the scar that had in the face.
At the end of their life he/she knew that it had won to the malaria definitively. Good of money (I "made a pretty internode") was, it was well with Elvira and their children. He/she said: I "believe that my success is directly bound to the authenticity, to dance the tango like they send the codes. The codes of the feeling, those that encourage to any milonguero."
He died ten years ago after half century of three bundles of daily cigarettes. He had 63 years and all the conditions for the legend.
Published in TRUMPET the 02/08/2000 for Mariano of Maz