Welcome to The Argentine Tango, Argentina’s contribution to the world of dance: stylish, intimate, seductive and, today, evocative of high society. Women in striking glittering gowns, and men in tuxedos and tails express elements of romance, where chemistry between man and woman is penultimate!
“Love is TANGO and TANGO is love! Yes, it is a dance, yet so much more than just any dance. It is an ongoing conversation between two souls, two hearts and two bodies. It is a sacred dance we enter into with one another, where both ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ feel fully expressed and honored.” ~ Ilona Glinarsky
Tango’s evolution from sleazy-street bordellos to high-society ballrooms, is evocative of the passion that is in everyone.
It gained popularity during the 19th century, developing from musical migrant voices uniting the poignant ballads of Spanish flamenco, foot-tapping West African candombles and melodious Creole milongas.
Tango was declared a ‘UNESCO ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ in 2009.
It is fairly common to see live street performances across South America, especially in Buenos Aires, as well as in the San Telmo and Abasto neighborhoods.
The Teatro De La Ribera auditorium in La Boca, is the official home of tango. Enjoy live tango shows, orchestras, competitions, tango films art exhibitions, milongas (popular music of the Pampas) and dance classes. The San Telmo cabarets reverberate with haunting refrains and tenacious rhythms.
This year, the Tango Buenos Aires Festival will commence on Thursday, 10 August 2017 and end on Wednesday, 23 August 2017.
Considered the birthplace of the dance, Buenos Aires is a draw for the renowned names in the world of tango during this two-week extravaganza.
Every café, club and street corner in the city bursts into life with the sensual beats of its national dance, seen here like nowhere else.
The Tango Buenos Aires Festival enhances the cultural aspects of Buenos Aires, harmonizing its traditional culture, musical diversity and artistic manifestations. Accompanying musical instruments include the bandoneon, guitar, flute and violin.
Legendary singer Carlos Gardel will be the official emcee this year.
The festival includes dance lessons and interactions, orchestra and competitions, art exhibitions and milongas(dance parties). Local legends such Milena Plebs, Fernando Galera, María Nieves, Julio Balmaceda y Corina de la Rosa, Sebastián Arce, Vilma Vega and octogenarian Juan Carlos Copes, will also be around to host dance classes and talks.
Don’t leave without
- Exploring – The traditional fair, displaying a variety of artistic products related to tango, including clothes, shoes, instruments, books, old records/vinyls, and other memorabilia.
- Visiting – The Carlos Gardel exhibition of all things tango, dedicated to the world’s tango icon, Carlos Gardel or ‘El ZorzalCriollo’, a French-Argentine singer, songwriter, composer and actor extraordinaire, with an amazing baritone voice and charming smile. The exhibition showcases his photographs, records, possessions, memorabilia and historical documents.
- Enjoying – Concerts, parties, dance shows, milongas and plenty more fun activities, and best of all, they are free!
Tango on the silver screen –
James Bond performed tango in Never Say Never Again; Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies; the “Cell Block Tango” featured in the 2003 Academy Award winning Broadway musical movie Chicago. In the hit film Evita, Madonna and Antonio Banderas portrayed the authenticity of how the tango is truly Argentine at heart.
Plus, we must not forget Marlon Brando’s ‘Last Tango in Paris’ enthusing a generation of romantics and hypnotizing fans worldwide.
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