Tango Film Club

by atomicjeep I was planning to write a separate post for each of those, but I never seem to find the time… The recent posts by tangocommuter prompted me to write up this list of my favorite tango films. I never was all that interestesd in instructional videos, but films about the culture I find fascinating. In our small community we arranged public showings in an informal tango film club to make these gems available to the rest of the community. [Read More]

Urban dance

by lrargerich Tango is and always was a very urban culture. The dance even more so. Sometimes visitors to Buenos Aires that are tango dancers somehow expect everybody they meet to be a dancer, and taxi drivers to know all the milongas by name. Not so. Even in Buenos Aires, tango dancing is very much a niche activity, and the world of the milongas is very small even in the great city with millions of inhabitants. [Read More]

Empty movement

by bass_nroll As you probably know, tango is not merely a dance. Among other things, the dance is also a language. It is not like a language, because the different movements have different meanings, which can be used for actual communication. It is not a metaphor. However, when people copy movements without realizing the underlying meaning, the result is movements with no meaning. Empty movement. Or even worse, you may be saying something without knowing it. [Read More]

Un beso...

by Kevin Steele Buenos Aires is not like home. And when in Rome, drive like the Romans… And the Argentines kiss when they meet. Better get used to it. (...) would lean over, ready to commit the act that, I thought, was reserved only for girlfriends and, on occasion, family. This guy used a few months it seems, but has written a really entertaining account of the argentinian kissing habits. [Read More]

Yes honey, but is it tango?

Roy Lichtenstein: Girl with Ribbon (1965) There is always a lot of fuzz in the tango communities of the world about what is the right tango. And rightly so. There is good and there is bad tango. But in the middle of these heated arguments, we need to remind ourselves of one thing. Tango culture is rich. There is a lot of diversity in tango. Tango is not only dance. It is also music for listening. [Read More]