Tango, Buenos Aires
As you can see on my home page, tango is a passion and it is like that now for almost 5 years! I passed through the different phases : I did tango lessons, a lot of tango balls with the same partner, then I danced with different partners, always improving my style, then I travelled to go to festivals in Spain, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands dancers....but only one experience was missing : dancing in Argentina, the home country of Tango! So I was quite impatient to know how it was!
I saw that dancing in Buenos Aires is quite different than in Europe. I knew it more or less but experience it is something else (For more info about tango, see my travelogue on my Buenos Aires Page :-)
1) The rule for inviting of being invited to dance
In Buenos Aires, the search of the partner is made by the eye contact : you have to look to the person you want to dance. If the other answer with an accepting look and smile with a little move of the head... then it's Ok and you can meet on the dance floor!
The women does not ask to dance (unknown people) as in Europe (It is so frustating!!!!!)
2) The dancing style is close and small. There is not enough space to make big moves and high ganchos!
3) The general use of tandas and intermediary song
A tanda is a set of 3 or 4 tangos of the same style. The intermediary music (that can last 10 tot 60 seconds) means that the people have to go back to their seat. Then they can again dance on another tanda with a different partner. This rule is great to dance with a lot of different people but not when you found a great dancer!
4) The music style is quite "old". There are not a lot of new tango version, orchestra or neo tango (like it is in Europe)
5) When you arrive, you have to sit at a table which is yours till the end of the ball. Sometimes, the people at a table does not want to "share"....
The tango in Buenos Aires is thus quite traditionnal...and I prefer the modern form of tango but it was something I had to experience!!!!!
I do believe that when most of the people think about Argentina, they think about tango.
I was told that tango has a long history. It is believed that the starting poing for the tango was the the decade of 1880.
The tango is said to have been born in Buenos Aires brothels and in impoverished neighborhood squats of southern Buenos Aires. The social class in which it developed was a mixture of regional people and immigrants made up by sailors, craftsmen and working class people.
Initially, the tango was played in brothels with a violin, a flute and a guitar. The bandoneon, which gives the specific tango sound, was not a part of the tango until a couple of decades later, around 1900 when gradualy it started replaceing the flute.
The most representative artist in the history of the Tango was Carlos Gardel, whose charisma and talent were more then impressive. He was famous not only in Argentina but all over the world.
The "Tango Day" is celebrated in Buenos Aires on December 11th. Carlos Gardel's date of birth.
If you would like to learn more about tango, you might find usefyl the link below.
Bandeon Player..he brings out the soul, and the Tango is alive.
wander around in the side streets of BsAs, watch and see life on a daily basis, go off the beaten pathe and more often then not you will hear and see things, which are not in your travelguide...you hear a Bandolo player on a Saturday afternoon from a window above you or sitting in an entrance of a building just playing, practicing...just having fun
This are the lyrics of a very known tango called Sur.
Written by Homero Manzi
Music by Anibal Troilo
San Juan y Boedo atigua, y todo el cielo,
Pompeya y más allá la inundación.
Tu melena de novia en el recuerdo
y tu nombre flotando en el adiós.
La esquina de herrero, barro y pampa.
Tu casa, tu vereda y el zanjón,
y un perfume de yuyos y de alfalfa
que me llena de nuevo el corazón.
paredón y después...
una luz de almacén.
Ya nunca me verás como me vieras
recostado en la vidirera
Ya nunca alumbraré con las estrellas
nuestra marcha sin querellas
por las noches de Pompeya.
Las calles y las lunas suburbanas
y mi amor y tu ventana
todo ha muerto, ya lo sé.
San Juan y Boeda antigua, cielo perdido,
Pompeya y al llegar al terraplén
tus veinte años temblando de cariño
bajo el beso que entonces te robé.
Nostalgias de las cosas que han pasado.
Arena que la vida se llevó.
Pesadumbre de barrio que ha cambiado
y amargura del sueño que murió.
"Tango que me hiciste mal
y sin embargo te quiero..."
(Tango, you hurt me,
nevertheless I love you...)
Tango is a musical style, a sexy dance, a popular culture, a philosophy... This rhythm was born in the 19th century by Rio de la Plata, at the underworld; nowadays, its music is known all over the world.
El tango es un estilo musical, un baile sensual, una cultura popular, una filosofía... Este ritmo nació en el siglo XIX a orillas del Río de la Plata, en los bajos fondos; en la actualidad, su música es conocida en todo el mundo.
Sensuality boils over in this famous dance that was born in the streets of La Boca and San Telmo. The tango developed into one of the most famous dances in the world, but its origins are slightly more irreverant than the form we see today. Usually, dancers were accompanied by singers belting out crude lyrics and the dance movements themselves were heavily influenced by African rhythms and the candombe. Often it was performed in the brothels of Buenos Aires.
Immigration eventually brought the tango across the seas to Europe where it was given a slightly more sophisticated spin and after receiving the stamp of approval for the elite of Paris, it became more acceptable and popular in Buenos Aires's own affluent neighborhoods.
Carlos Gardel was the person most responsible for bringing the tango to the masses around the world when he performed on Broadway and in Hollywood.
If you're interested in seeing a show, the San Telmo neighborhood is a good bet. I also noticed a recent VT forum query in which someone asked about the best tango show in town. The most commonly mentioned show venues were Señor Tango and La Esquina de Carlos Gardel. You can also see tango for free on the streets in San Telmo, La Boca and even on Calle Florida (the city's pedestrian-only main shopping street).
OK, I admit I have two left feet and would not dare learn how to dance tango. Tango, however, is more than just a dance, its a feeling, a mood or a sound that melancolically reminds you of certain sad events that might not have even happened in your personal life...anyway, if you like tango, the music that is, Astor Piazzolla, is a classic and a great introduction to Tango
Buenos Aires generates tango, thanks to Buenos Aires scenery. Tango recreates Buenos Aires every day. Buenos Aires with its strange identity, difficult to understand and deny: "the Buenos Aires people identity", a mixture and derivation of tango.
Probably, tango had been a hideous fertilization, something in between pampa and city, criollos* and inmigrants. Such a mixture gave rise to a dance, a piece of music, a way to move around in the world. The so called Tango was born in Buenos Aires, in the Piver Plate.
A human scenery: the Buenos Aires people, the Riverplates, the Argentines. A piece of music, a dance, a poetry, a way of living. A place, a city scenery that lulls to sleep and finds them. Buenos Aires and the Tango.
from the website: http://www.buenosairestango.com/
don't miss this fabulous page - lyrics, information and music!
Tango is a style of music, song and dance all included. It reminded me of a mix of Latin, jazz and Hungarian gypsy music.
Here is a picture of a local band that was excellent (at Cafe Tortoni)
Ooops I will have to re-scan this photo...
Maureen, our Irish friend, got to dance with a local (the local is dressed all in bronze). Local portenos don't bite and are quite friendly. This venue was in La Boca, but this could have been an opportunity on Av Florida too...
Feel Tango Passion!
You can see a Tango Show in several places:
San Telmo Fair, Sunday...street performances.
If not: Tango Show and Dinner
* Bar Sur: 299 Estados Unidos Street - Tel 4362-6086
* El Viejo Almacén (The Old Store): Independencia Ave. and Balcarce - Tel 4307-7388
* La Cumparsita: 302 Chile Street, corner Balcarce - Tel 4361-688
* Taconeando: 725 Balcarce Street - Tel 4307-6696
* El Querandí:312 Perú Street corner Moreno Street - Tel 4345-0331
* La Ventana: 431 Balcarce Street - Tel 4331-0217
* Café Tortoni: De Mayo Ave. 829 - Tel. 4342-4328
* Señor Tango: Vieytes 1655 - Tel 4303-0231
The tomb of carlos gardel in buenos aires(la charita) is the mecca of the tango lovers;carlos gardel means tango;it means argentina,but everywhere in latin america you will find a great admiration for him;
he was supposed to be born in 1890 in toulouse(france)because of the written testimony of his best friend after the death of carlos gardel;
but carlos gardel military papers assure that he was born in 1887 in tacuarembo(uruguay);
I believe in the second version;
carlos gardel died in 1935 in a plane crash ,coming back from colombia;
I saw a TV programme on french TV about the story of this artist,followed by a little meeting around his tomb,where 2 singers began to weep and sing traditional argentinian tango with their guitars,while another one(JAIRO,a known singer in france)smoked a cigarette with many dreams in his eyes
Carlos Gardel was born in France in 1890. He came to Buenos Aires with his mother at the age of two and was to become the most famous tango singer of all time. Gardel was already a famous singer in Argentina before he turned his attention to tango. For the Porteños (as citizens of Buenos Aires are sometimes called) he was the ideal tango singer, personifying the rise of the tango to the heights of fashionable society. Gardel was killed in a plane crash in 1935.
Appreciate the Tango and the history of the country. Great foods, great excitement, beautiful and great reverence for their ancestry. Visit Recoletta cemetery.
Also, have an ice cream - great competition between ice cream stores - all homemade and wonderful.
Tango while in Buenos Aires has been said! You should know the greatest of greatest, Carlos Gardel (even though I prefer Julio Sosa), the legend of tango!