Monday, August 1, 2016

Carlos Gavito homage at Milongueando in BA

A homage to Carlos Gavito will be the focus of the Encuentro Milonguero, Milongueando in Buenos Aires in 2016. Gavito was born in 1942 and by the time of his death in 2005 had become a tango legend. He worked with Juan Carlos Copes, but it was his role in the travelling show 'Forever Tango' that brought him to the world's attention. In this video he dances with Maria Plazaola who is one of the organisers and teachers at Milongueando.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Spring into Australian Tango Festivals in 2016

Three tango festivals and a tango encuentro will give Australian tango dancers plenty of choice as we move into the southern hemisphere's Spring.

Byron Bay Tango Festival 2nd-4th September 

Beginning in early September the Byron Bay Tango Festival will return after 6 years with 
with Nick Jones and Diana Cruz from Natural Tango in Denver, Colorado. 
 All events take place at the Community Centre, right in the heart of beautiful Byron Bay, known for its alternative and beach lifestyle.
The core of the festival will be the “immersion”class, guided by the master teachers 

Melbourne Festival Argentino 22-25 September

World Tango Champions Daniel Nacucchio and Cristina Sosa will return to Australia this year for a new Melbourne Festival. Together with tango legends Fabian Solas and Lola Diaz they will spearhead a weekend of celebration of the Argentine culture. Melbourne teacher and former Australian stage tango champion Fabio Robles will produce a new tango show “One Night in Buenos Aires” which will include the visiting maestros together with leading Melbourne dancers and a quartet of Melbourne musicians with Leo Intilangelo on bandoneon.
Melbourne is a city that has preserved many of her historic buildings some of which have dance floors that were the scene of many of the great balls and social occasions of 19th and 20th century. Four of these beautiful buildings will provide the backdrop for the festival: Parliament House, The Collingwood Town Hall, The Fitzroy Town Hall and The State Library.
21 workshops with the visiting maestros, 2 milongas, the Tango Show “One Night in Buenos Aires” and an Argentinian day with music, dance, food and exhibitions make up the Festival.
To find out more and book your ticket visit the website. http://melbournefestivalargentino.com.au/


Tango in the Spring 2016, Canberra 30 September-3 October

Organised by the Tango Social Club of Canberra this is a bi-annual event held to coincide with Canberra's Floriade (a festival of spring with magnificent floral displays) and the long weekend. 
Four days of dancing to music by DJs from around the country and social events, this is an encuentro - a chance to meet and dance with tangueras and tangueros from around the country. 

Essence & Evolution, Sydney 2-10 December

This Sydney Festival returns once again with Julio Balmaceda and Virginia Vasconi as the maestros. A week of workshops and milongas around the city of Sydney.  Julio Balmaceda and Virginia Vasconi formed their dance partnership in 2015 and present their own dynamic interpretation of tango. http://www.essenceandevolution.com/

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tango Fire returns

The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires will tour Australia this winter. Led by German Cornejo and his partner Gisela Galeassi (who has visited Australia 3 times in the past with her former partner) the cast includes four world class couples and the band Quarteto Feugo with vocals by Jesus Hidalgo. You can read more about the company and where to book for your city here. 

Watch the Video

Dates:
WA: Regal Theatre 28-31 July

NSW: Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay 3-7 August
Vic: Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne 10-14 August
SA: Her Majesty's Theatre 16 to 18 August
ACT: Canberra Theatre 21 August
Qld: Lyric Theatre, QPAC 23-24 August

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May Tango...

Check out the May newsletter for news on local and international tango events... and some great gigs coming up. Not to be missed the performance this Sunday at Camelot Lounge in Marrickville with Orquesta Tipica Tangalo! This is a fabulous group of young people with a passion for playing tango music with all the nuances of the great tango orchestras of Argentina and Uruguay. Their music is for dancing as well as listening. If you haven't heard them before, you are in Sydney and you can tear yourself away from your Mother's Day lunch, this is a special treat.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Confiteria Ideal closes down

We have heard that Confiteria Ideal, the famous milonga and tango venue in the heart of Buenos will close at the beginning of April 2016. A place steeped in history and tango it is visited by tango lovers and tourists, but not in the numbers it once was. While it is to be hope that it is renovated and re-opened we can only wait and see. This video made over 10 years ago includes interviews with famous milongueros: Gerardo Portalea, Javier Rodriguez & Geraldine Rojas, Mariano Chicho Frumboli and Puppy Castello. Produced by BBC Four, aired on Friday 8 April 2005 11.05pm-12.20am; Tuesday 12 April 11pm-12.10am Interviews with famous milongueros: Gerardo Portalea, Javier Rodriguez & Geraldine Rojas, Mariano Chicho Frumboli and Puppy Castello. Produced by BBC Four, aired on Friday 8 April 2005 11.05pm-12.20am; Tuesday 12 April 11pm-12.10am

Monday, February 29, 2016

Juan Carlos Copes and Maria Nieves Rego - their tango story

'Our Last Tango' is about to be released nationally, but Sydneysiders can get in early at the Casula Powerhouse Film Festival. On Friday March 4 they will show the documentary about two tango dancers who have had a huge impact on the dance and it's international standing.
The film's promotion reads: "María Nieves Rego (80) and Juan Carlos Copes (83) met as teenagers, and danced together for nearly fifty years. Now, Juan and María are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion. Our Last Tango bridges the gap between generations, as Juan and Maria tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria’s lives into incredible tango-choreographies."
Find out about the screening at the Casula Powerhouse here
National screenings:
VIC
Cinema Nova 
NSW
Palace Chauvel 
QLD
New Farm Cinemas 
SA
Palace Nova Eastend 
WA
Luna Cinemas Leederville 
TAS
State Cinema Hobart 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tango Translations

I have just discovered a new blog... TangoTranslations.  https://embrujamiento.wordpress.com
The words of tango songs are for many of us for whom Spanish is not our native language, a mystery. If you are not fluent it is the singer's voice, not the words, that you remember. This is a blog with a difference, it is actually telling you something about the songs and the orchestras, as well as giving a translation.
Read the post on Pugliese to find out more about this photo...they all look very happy about something!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tango as a beautiful dance



This wonderful compilation of clips from 1920s and 30s movies illustrates the simplicity, romanticism and sensuality of the Tango that time. They are dancing to 'Nuits Du Bresil' - I found it on Itunes played by The Tango Orchestra.  
This compilation includes clips from "Die Büchse der Pandora", "Her Majesty, Love", "Abwege" and "Prix de Beauté". You will notice the beautiful Louise Brooks dancing in a bridal veil from the film 'Pandora's Box' - and she is dancing with a woman, this was one of the first films to openly show lesbian attraction! 
Notice there is no bumping into other dancers, pushing in, high kicking, stepping backwards into line of dance or stopping - admittedly these are movie clips, but they have a naturalness about them that seems to indicate they were not choreographed to within an inch of their lives.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Alberto Podestà 1924-2015



Alberto Podestà was born Alejandro Washington Ale in Buenos Aires in September 1924 - he died on December 24, 2015 leaving behind a legacy of tango songs that will not be forgotten. He sang at venues around Buenos Aires right into his last decade  -with his death goes one of the last connections with  greatest tango orchestras from the Golden Age.  This interview was recorded with  Podestà at the Chicago Tango Festival in 2009.



Podestà began his career as a tango singer as a very young man, with Miguel Calò and recorded his first tracks under the name of Juan Carlos Morel because there were other singers with the same surname and Calo did not want confusion!
One night when he was singing at the Singapur cabaret, Podestà was approached one night by Di Sarli's agent - he was not yet 18!  It was Di Sarli who decided that he would be called Alberto Podestà - according to one account.
You can read  a tribute to Podestà on Keith Elshaw's website Tango Restorations.
http://www.totango.net/podesta.html

I spent some time trying to find a video of Podestà singing with either Calò's orchestra or Di Sarli's but I was unsuccessful... in the end I chose this one because I love the song!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

La Ronda - or ...it's my spot

Last night I danced at one of my all time favourite milongas - Tango Entre Amigos at Marrickville - on the occasion of their 14th birthday. I have been dancing there since they began. Maybe I didn't quite make it to their first milonga (I don't have any records) but I have certainly been going since their early days!
They are blessed with one of the biggest and best floors in town. Other floors have come and gone (under the auctioneer's or demolisher's hammer, or into the developer's pockets) but Marrickville has stayed.
Over the years the floor has become more crowded, but not to the point where one could compare it with Buenos Aires. And just as well because Sydney/Australian dancers cannot dance in a small space as can the portenos. In fact some of them cannot dance in a big space! Hence this illustration, which I just found on FB.
Last night was no exception. During one tanda my partner and I danced behind Mr "you are here". He must have seen this diagram before the milonga because that was his answer... in almost the same words "not going anywhere"... when my partner asked him to keep the line of dance moving. Floorcraft is called that because it is a craft... you need to be good at the craft so that everyone enjoys the dance not just Mr "you are here" and his partner. Sadly I do not think Sydney teachers and workshop leaders make enough of la ronda. But then maybe it would do no good. Many Sydney dancers dance like they drive... without a thought for anyone else on the floor!