Tango, Buenos Aires
Senor Tango is a broadway style Tango show with a variety of different acts including traditional tango, horses, indiginous music, and singing. The theater is very large and is decorated very nicely, which means you can take lots of fun pictures outside and inside. The stage is in the center of the theater which allows for good viewing all around. If you are looking for a show full of color and great dancing in a Broadway style, then this is the show for you.
In the hotels, they told us the price would be just under or just over 200 pesos depending on whether you had dinner or not. We went to a tourist office called Patua Viajes y Turismo (nr Recoleta Cementary - Tel 5411-57776102) and they had a special for 91 pesos each including transportation and a drink... half the price than elsewhere. The girl there - Daniele - was very helpful.
San Telmo is a special highlight whenever visiting "Paris" of Latin America.
At the edge there is a plate : "Republica de San Telmo - refugio de la Amistad y la alegria"
In many travel guides, the Tango dancer and his group of dancers and musicians are shown.
In other words, a legend
Last century, the workers of the Harbour in Buenos Aires used to have fun dancing with each other a very sensual dancing....It was in Buenos Aires, in that time the Ladies of the Society was forbidden to dance such a pagan rhythm..So it was common to see two men dancing tango, but in the twneties when the rich argentineans started to travel to Europe, they saw people dancing TANGO brought by argentinean immigrants in Paris in the best places of the city. Of course, they thought it was something very chic to dance Tango, and they came back to Buenos Aires saying that dancing TANGO is good, and the women started to dance tango and establish that men and women sensual dancing movements.
Until 1917 more or less, Tango was orquestrated and danced by men, after that Pascual Contursi made the first written Tango Song which is my FAVOURITE song MI NOCHE TRISTE. Pascual was born inChivilcoy, a rural village in the pampas, 170 km east away from Buenos Aires.
MI NOCHE TRISTE means MY SAD NIGHT...It is a beautiful song that in the future I will post here!
SEPT - THIRD WEEK - 2005
I recommend that you MUST see at least one tango show while in Bueno's Aires. The one I went to was a more exclusive, fancy, well put-together Tango show @ ' Senor Tango'. I have never been so captivated by a show in my entire life and I truly did not want the night to end.
The theatre is fancy and clean, drinks are very pricey, the service is good. The SHOW is incredible and you won't be able to peel your eyes from the stage. I was in South America 5 weeks, and this show is one of the best things I spent my money on while there! If you like live theatre/entertainment... you will adore this show.
This place is very well known so you can usually book it through your hotel.
SOOO Passionate & Romantic... go see the TANGO :)
A la Juanita
Pje. San Lorenzo 356 Teléfonos: 4342-5324
Precio de entradas: $3.-
Horario: Domingos 22.00 a 3.00 hs
Clases de tango:Domingos 20.30 hs. Profesor: Fabián Alderete Precio $5.- (entrada incluida).
A Toda Milonga - Confitería Ideal
Suipacha 384 1º piso Teléfonos: 4729-6390 / 15-4195-3114
Piso de baldosa . Musicaliza: Marcelo Rojas
Precio de entradas: $5.-
Horario: Jueves de 15 a 21hs
Clases de tango: Martes de 15 a 23hs. (clases y prácticas guiadas) Tango y Milonga con traspié Profesor: Osvaldo Marrapodi Precio $5-
Academia de Tango Dandi
Piedras 936 Teléfonos: 4361-3537 / 4307-7623
Pisos originales de madera de 1925, capacidad para 130 personas, sonido acústico stereo.
Milonga: Ver Shusheta
Clases de tango: Lunes: Gavito de 18:30 a 20:hs. (técnica para hombres), y de 20 a 22hs. (clase regular), $15-
Nahuel y Noelia de 19 a 21hs., $10-
Martes: Nahuel y Noelia de 19 a 21hs., $10-
Miércoles: Gavito de 18:30 a 20:hs.(técnica para damas), y de 20 a 22hs. (clase regular), $15-
Nahuel y Noelia de 18 a 20hs., $10-
***ía Vega y Marcelo Varela, Gloria y Walter (El Tranquilo) de 20 a 22hs. $8-
Jueves: Nahuel y Noelia de 19 a 21hs., $10-
Viernes: Gavito de 18:30 a 20:hs.(técnica para damas), y de 20 a 22hs. (clase regular), $15-
Nahuel y Noelia de 19 a 21hs., $10-
Sábados: Stella Barba de 17 a 20hs. $10-
Domingos: Rodolfo Ruiz e Irma de 19.30 a 22hs. $8-
See more in the website.......
La historia del Tango. Desde sus inicios, en los Cabarets del 1900, hasta la versión vanguardista de Piazzolla. Amor, pasión, locura, glamour. Un show de nivel internacional que recorre una historia que termina por transformarse en leyenda.
En El Cabaret.
Tango music is loved for everybody around the world.
Argentina is tango homeland.
There are a lot of shows where you'll find glamour, excitement and sophistication of argentine's best music.
prices: u$D 50 (show) - u$D 60 (dinner + show)
Description: Tango Show. Milonga, Folkllore, Música del Altiplano
Location: San telmo
el viejo almacen
prices: u$D 60 (show) - u$d 83 (dinner + show)
Description: A pleasant and Tango ambience.
Genuine Tango, good wine and the art of good eating at this very corner
Esquina Carlos Gardel
prices: u$D 70 (show) u$d 100 (dinner + show)
Description: International Cousine. Historical Site. Show of Tango y Milonga.
prices: u$d 53 (show) - u$d 87 (dinner + show)
description: argentina cuisine
Location: Puerto Madero
Confiteria Ideal is a charming old-world confectionary that has Tango Shows called Amigotan (Amigo + Tango) on Saturdays 9pm.
It is located right in town, but rather hidden on Suipacha 300+. The confectionary is in a huge hall, with a really charming ambience, classical baroque details all over the room on the cornices and pillars, aged glass counters displaying pastries that looked a hundred years old, huge old-style mirrors and lamps, peeling paint and all, and lovely little wooden tables and antique chairs.
I felt myself transported to another world, to the 1920s, to a silent black-and-white movie. It has an utterly incredible setting.
At 25 pesos for the show, with drinks extra, this is probably the most economical place to watch such a stunning performance in such a charming setting. This place is not crawling with tourists. Those are sent to US$100 flashy tango shows. Here, it is visited by just a handful of tourists and locals.
Arrive by 9:30pm or so to try and grab the table right at the front.
After the show, go to the 2nd storey. There is a 'milonga' going on where dancing 'portenos' of all age and sizes. So so so so charming!
“Bar Sur”, invita al público a disfrutar del espectáculo de tango, característico de nuestra ciudad.
Show tradicional y participativo. Piano y violín, parejas de tango, cantante de tango masculino y femenino. Show pionero en el espectáculo nocturno de Buenos Aires.
Empanadas y Pizza libre, tabla de fiambres, cazuela de lomo,
masas artesanales, helado y Café
La propuesta incluye la visita a “Bar Sur Cultural”, lugar especialmente ambientado para que sus visitantes sientan la comodidad y disfruten de Vinos de lujo, Danza Show, Pista de Baile, Pantalla Gigante, Barra Americana, y puedan ver y adquirir Objetos de Arte, Pequeños Formatos, Pinturas, Fotos y Moda.
The term “Milonga” has several meanings:
It is the typical music of the cities that are near the shores of the Rio de La Plata (Argentina and Uruguay). It is the dance that starts up almost spontaneously. It is the place where dancers and amateurs go to in order to dance and feel the tango. Those who are experts and enthusiasts of this dance are called milongueros.
The Milongas are not all the same and there are many to suit all tastes. On the one hand, there are the traditional Milongas, where the clothes, the dancing level and the choice of music occupy an important place, and on the other hand, there are the more laid-back ones, where the milonga prevails as a meeting point. There are Milongas for couples and for singles (both men and women). Some are gay friendly and the queer milonga it is no exception.
The Milonga has its own and strict codes. It is the realm of the relationship between men and women, between two dancers. It is the dance of the proposal, of the invitation and the seduction. It is the total giving of oneself in the three minutes the dance lasts. It is the union and the space between the bodies. It is feeling in the soul the emotion that awakens Buenos Aires.
In the Milonga it is not compulsory to dance and you can remain seated around the dancefloor drinking something. But a Milonga it is not a tangueria where you listen and appreciate a choreographed show. Each day of the week there is a series of Milongas in different places, for any kind of audience. The nature of the Milonga does not depend upon the place, but upon the organizer and its audience.
There are many Milongas that are touristic, or they don´t have good dancers, so it´s mainly imposssible to choose the best place to go just looking on the web. Tango is a very closed ambience.
Every saturday and sunday From 11 am till 8 pm, there are Tango Shows at La Barberia. I've been told that food is not great here, I haven't been!
Todos los sabados y domingos de 11 a 20 hs. hay shows de tango en la Barberia. Me han dicho que la comida aqui no es muy buena, pero la verdad es que no he ido.
I am from Argentina and I love tango, but that is not the norm. I’ve been to most of the good and expensive shows out there (not all of them, since I don’t live there anymore) and to an extensive list of local places to learn and dance. The first thing that you have to know is that you will get what you pay for. The best place is $200 per person, but that includes a 5-star show and 5-star food and free flow of a 5-star wine. Or you can go to places where you pay less than $5, and you can see local people dance, or you can even learn to dance yourself!
The dance that you see in the shows (and in the movies) is VERY different from the tango that the normal people dance. If you really want to see a show, I would recommend spending the extra money and going to one. In my humble opinion, you will be disappointed if you go to a dance place to see local people dance...
The tango shows ARE mainly for tourists (nothing wrong with that! Everybody speaks English)
For all the place, you have different menu options and different prices. The best seats include the more expensive menu/wines. You can also buy the show only, but it’s not recommended, they will kill you with the food if you go that route (unless you want to eat beforehand!)
Here’s my list, in order. You can check the prices, this is just an idea (this prices are from February 2010)
1) Mr. Tango: THE best show. The stage is SO big, You’ll see several horses on it! If you can afford it, just go for it, you will not regret it. ($35 to $230)
2) Esquina Carlos Gardel: amazing as well. This is located in an old theatre, really good show, specially the musicians. ($80 to $230)
3) El Viejo Almacen: this is the most similar to the real tango that you’ll see. It’s a very old building; I would say this is the most traditional show. ($60 to $140)
4) El Querandi: This is in a restaurant. You’ll see some good dancers but not much of a show. ($65 to $170) I do not recommend this one. Not a good value for your money.
If you want to go to a “class” or a local dance place (it’s called “MILONGA” when people go to dance tango) and then stay to see people dance, this are my 3 suggestions:
Confiteria La Ideal: this is where Madonna taped Evita (she learn how to dance tango here, with a private instructor) This place has a ton of classes, all levels are welcome. The place itself is georgous. When they filmed the movie, they invested 1 million dollars in remodeling the place to bring back the old glamour that is has. They also have show here. I’ve never seen it.
Café Tortoni: this is one of the oldest cafes in Buenos Aires. They’ve been teaching tango for a gazillion years, another great experience. They also have show here. I’ve never seen it.
La Viruta: this is a gigantic place, where they have 4 or 5 different levels of instructors. If you don’t mid packed places and you want a cheap way to experience tango, this a is a good place to go. Beware that this is NOT a touristic place; and the instructors and servers speak Spanish ONLY. It’s $10 Argentinean Pesos to get in. http://www.lavirutatango.com/
I've been to million of places to dance tango. If this is what you want to do, you can go to a different place everyday and learn different styles. Each professor will teach you something different and that is the best way you can learn!
Confiteria Ideal has a nightly milonga. Enter the upstairs venue and step back in time. Various couples dance the tango, swooping and circling on the dance floor. The night we were there 20 to 30 couples danced. Certainly, the people were an ecclectic group with many older men sporting a wild panopoly of comb-overs, all types of women from the very Rubenesque to the artificially enhanced. It was great to see the various levels of competance and the different styles of real people dancing the tango. There are also several instructors dancing with their students. You get the sense that you are watching real people dance their national dance. About 1 or 1:30 in the morning, a live band sets up and performs, followed by singers and professional dancing couples. It's not expensive. It's the real deal. It is uniquely Argentine.
We knew that we had to take in a tango show while in Buenos Aires and found Tango Porteno to be a fun experience. They offer dinner with the show or just the show. We opted for just the show at a cost of 160 pesos for the 2 of us (about 44 dollars). The theater is located in a great area, right on the Av 9 de Julio. We walked to the theater from the Wilton, a healthy walk but walking was a great way to see this remarkable city. However, we took a taxi back to our hotel because the show was over about midnight.
One tip is that I would be careful ordering drinks here. We had coffee and had to pay 40 pesos plus a gratuity.
My husband and I take ballroom dancing here in the States and have fallen in love with it. When we got the opportunity to go to Buenos Aires, we couldn't wait to take a lesson in Argentine Tango. And we did!!! It was such fun! Don't miss this opportunity! Everyone in B.A. does the Tango. It's more cultural than entertainment although do not misunderstand, it is both!