Social Tango



Social Tango tells a simple story.  A man lives a lonely and monotonous life. One day, he follows a woman to a milonga. He decides to learn tango to conquer her. The process takes him through many emotions; he falls in love with her but she walks away. In the end, the man realizes that this journey brought him the thrill of both dancing and of belonging to a new community of people who share their passion for tango.

This is a different tango show, it reveals the genuine world of social tango dancing today. We use three intertwined components to tell the story:

The dance  In his review of Social Tango, John Osborn, Professor of Drama at New York University wrote,  It is not about acrobatics or overwrought sexuality. There is nothing forced in the way that tango enters the lives of the persons portrayed. They come across tango, and each other, and they dance it. Sometimes they have to learn it, sometimes they teach it, and sometimes they know it already. This is tango as a social act, and a social choice. This is tango as the rhythm of a fortuitous meeting, or the passage of a pedestrian to his destination. There are partners in the moment, and friendships to come.

Three short films described the lives of actual “milongueros” in Buenos Aires. The films are in black and white and try to capture the hidden dimensions of Buenos Aires, the routine lives of the dancers, and their delight in going to a milonga which is a piece of their lives.

Black-and-white photo portraits of other milongueros, captured at “Cachirulo,” one of the most popular milonga in the city. These portraits were exhibited in the hall of the Theater of La Ribera, as they can be in any other venue for the show.

Each one of these components has a strong contemporary esthetic, in contrast with the traditional tango shows “for export.”

The story of Social Tango can happen anywhere in the world where, increasingly, amateur dancers build their social life in communities around tango. On tour, the show seeks to honor these communities by inviting a number of their members to perform on stage with the cast.
 
Beto Gutiérrez

photo by:
Beto Gutiérrez
Social Tango

Beto Gutiérrez

photo by:
Beto Gutiérrez
Social Tango

Nora Lezano

photo by:
Nora Lezano
Social Tango