To Live Is To Dance Tango
An essay on the history of Tango Argentino by Nataša Sardžoska
The tango was born on the street, in dark and suspicious districts, in bars with bad reputation as consolation of the migrants, which dreaming of wellness were facing street delinquency, criminal and butcheries. That is the reason why the first tango was danced by the so called ‘compadritos’, the local gangsters which were dancing on the cobbled streets with street musicians, in dark sides of the city called ‘arrabal’ shimmering between the sound of the violin and the bandoneon. […] later the tango moves to the brothels where for the first time in the history of tango woman start to tangoing. This is the reason why the soul of this dance is sensual and erotic. Because throughout the rhythm we can feel uncontrollable feelings such as erotic desire, jealousy passion, fury, infidelity, lust for power. From purely male code, the tango turns into female magic of seduction: the man leads the woman and she seduces him.
The tango is interpretation of primeval surviving instincts of the raw existence, of the one’s basic need to be, to trace its own trace in order not to disappear. Today that culture does not exist anymore or fades away with the death of the first tango maestros. But the memory remains still alive.
We are living in a sophisticated and civilized world, that is to say neo-tribal and neo-capitalistic world (and the tango today is “consumed” by elites). But that world that is giving birth to the tango was raw, wild, cruel and poor. In that world secret voices of fate are coming to live: even though its haunt was the brothel, still it is thanks to the Buenos Aires’s fathers, whose have had the courage to breed authentic creations of being and to challenge time, tango captivates the world today.
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