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The Meaning of Tango- The Story of the Argentinian Dance, book cover.

“The Meaning of Tango: the story of the Argentinean dance”, by Christine Denniston.

“The Meaning of Tango: the story of the Argentinean dance”

The Meaning of Tango- The Story of the Argentinian Dance, book cover.

by Christine Denniston.

From the backstreets of Buenos Aires to Parisian high society, this is the extraordinary story of the dance that captivated the world – a tale of politics and passion, immigration and romance.

The Tango was the cornerstone of Argentine culture, and has lasted for more than a hundred years, popular today in America, Japan and Europe.

‘The Meaning of Tango’ traces the roots of this captivating dance, from it’s birth in the poverty stricken Buenos Aires, the craze of the early 20th century, right up until it’s revival today, thanks to shows such as Strictly Come Dancing.

This book offers history, knowledge, teachings and in-sights which makes it valuable for beginners, yet its in-depth analysis makes it essential for experienced dancers.

It is an elegant and cohesive critique of the fascinating tale of the Tango, which not only documents its culture and politics, but is also technically useful.

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Director & writer: Sally Potter. Stars: Sally Potter, Pablo Verón.

In this movie you may identify many elements that you had gone through in your own process of discovering the art and passion of Tango.

The plot is simple: A scriptwriter comes to Paris to work on her film. There she discovers Tango and takes lessons, developing a relationship with a dancer.

The film, a co-production of Argentina, France, Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The soundtrack includes original iconic Argentine Tango recordings.

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"Si sos brujo: a tango story", Argentine Tango documentary.

“Si sos brujo: A Tango Story”

“Si sos brujo: A Tango Story”

“Si sos brujo: una historia de tango” (original title)

Stars: Emilio Balcarce, Leopoldo Federico, Ernesto Franco, and more…

Si Sos Brujo is a heartfelt, inspiring film that could do for Argentine Tango what the Buena Vista Social Club did for the music and musicians of Cuba illuminating an evolving culture, a way of life and the triumph of preserving one of the most intricate musical traditions of the world, following nearly 50 years of relative obscurity.

This beautifully shot documentary brings the compelling story of a group of young Argentine musicians racing against time to learn and preserve the elegant and nuanced music played by the legendary Golden Age tango orchestras of Buenos Aires in the 40s and 50s.

If you are familiar with the names of Pugliese, Troilo, Di Sarli and D’Arienzo, this film is essential viewing.

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Interviews with milongueros, Argentine Tango masters and performers in 1987.

Director Jorge Zanada spent years researching and recording the Tango’s place in Argentine culture.

The sensuality and stylized ritual of the tango are captured in this illuminating documentary.

Most riveting are the milongueros-the amateur dancers who preserve the pure, traditional steps.

Their intimate stories about their personal experiences reveal the intensity that feed their individual Tango styles.

Numerous tango aficionados, including actors Robert Duvall and Juan Carlos Copes (star of Broadway’s TANGO ARGENTINO), make special appearances. A passionate valentine to what Martha Graham called “the most beautiful dance of this century.”

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Alberto Vaccarezza, Argentine Tango author and lyricists.

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Interviews with the musicians and singers from Argentina’s golden days of Tango.

Fitting this ambitious project into his hectic schedule must’ve been a challenge for producer/writer Gustavo Santaolalla.

He’s better known as the Grammy-winning composer of Hollywood film scores.

This movie shows the gathering of the old maestros, the reminiscences, the archive footage of how things used to be, the rehearsal, and the final concert in the most prestigious venue in Buenos Aires, Teatro Colón – which is, naturally, a triumph.

There’s no doubting the sincere, affectionate nature of this project.

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