The Passion of Tango
We all have seen dancers perform tango. And what about the iconic scene from Scent of a Woman where blind Al Pacino romantically (and also so dramatically) dances tango with beautiful Donna... Yes, tango is passion!
But actually, in history, tango was a way to drown the pain. In the 1880s many european men arrived to Buenos Aires to seek fortune. The different way of life as well as the homesickness led them to bars, where they cavorted with waitresses and prostitutes, thus creating a dance mixture of machismo, passion and desire. Soon a musical assembly was also included as part of tango - Spanish and Italian melodies mixed with African candombe drums and the most elaborate part of tango orchestra - the bandoneón (a small accordion). Lyrics were also added to tango - most of them nostalgic.
Later tango was brought to Paris to become an acceptable outlet for human's desires, expressed on the dance floor of elegant cabarets. The trend spread through Europe and USA, and when it returned to Buenos Aires gained the respect it deserved.
No Buenos Aires experience is complete without visiting a tango show. The offering is widely spread mainly between a few big theatres and all of them claim to be the best.
We chose Señor Tango. Although it is located in the neighbourhood of Barracas (a not very tourist-friendly area, according to locals) the place is very well ranked. And the show was amazing. Even I got emotional on the "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" performance!
P. S. Here is a very special Valentine's Day gift for you! Can you feel the almost fighting edge of passion in tango?