Tango is everywhere in Buenos Aires. In some ways, you might say Tango is Buenos Aires.
We were lucky enough to find Pablo Piera to guide us around the Argentine capital. He’s passionate about Tango, in a way many Argentineans are. Almost before we’d started, we found ourselves in the tiny backroom theatre of the Cafe Tortoni, being taught the basic concepts of Tango.
In the Caminito area of the La Boca neighbourhood, Pablo explained the origins of the dance. If I remember his story correctly, Tango probably began in the early 20th Century in the less wholesome parts of Buenos Aires, created by sad and lonely immigrants separated from their wives and families. Eventually, it achieved a respectability, when the rich decided they wanted to join in. Today it seems that everywhere you go in Buenos Aires, people are dancing the Tango in the streets.
Of course, to really experience Tango, you have to go to one of the dozens of shows that are performed every night across the city. We asked Pablo to arrange a dinner show for us, something more traditional and less touristy. He suggested El Viejo Almacén in San Telmo, the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires.
I confess that beforehand I was a bit unsure about the idea of watching an entire dance show. Especially one completely in Spanish.
But I have to admit, Pablo really came up trumps. The show was amazing.
I was completely captivated throughout.
The energy of the dancers was awe-inspiring.
And some of the moves they pulled off seemed to defy physics!
And the food afterwards wasn’t half bad either!
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