TANGO HISTORY

THE ARGENTINE TANGO

Appeared in the suburbs of Buenos Aires at the  end of the 19th Century in the middle of an environment where the city was transforming into an immense metropolis caused by immigration and progress. Along with the black inhabitants and the gauchos, the mix of immigrants that then arrived in Buenos Aires remained without work in the army, made the tango a cultural product  unique in the world capturing as it did all the characteristics of the inhabitants of Buenos Aires.

In the beginning, the songs were only instrumental, performed by a trio of guitar, violin and flute, and couples danced together. Later an instrument that originated from Germany called the Bandoneon was incorporated and it would be this instrument that would give Tango its characteristic sound that is recognized around the world today.In its earliest years the Tango was danced in brothels since its lyrics were considered vulgar. The great poets of the music Rioplatense( Rio de la Plata) with their lyrics about unrequited love and about the region that was no longer the same, came upon the scene in the second decade of the 20th century when Pascal Contursi wrote ”Mi noche Triste”( My Sad Night) the lamentation of a man abandoned by his woman. Carlos Gardel recorded this beautiful tango in 1917 and so was born what later was known as the Tango Song.

No other dance has captured the imagination of passion and sensuality than the Argentinean Tango.Born in 20th Century Buenos Aires, the tango is a class on its own.  It is a way of life for people who live and breathe the dance.

“It is a vertical expression of the horizontal desire”

New gaining worldwide resurgence, the tango is omni-present in all major continents, such as North and South America, Europe,Australia and Asia. And the island of Bali takes great pride with the formation of the first Tango Club in Indonesia, the Tango Bali Club, founded in June 2005 by Stefani Kanginnadhi.

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