Christmas Eve Tango and Dinner in Buenos Aires - want to join me?

OK, the Christmas Spirit has got me, my tree is up and looking delightful, and I was having a little fantasy about what it would be like to Tango this Christmas in Buenos Aires, and came across the following...


Christmas Eve Tango Dinner in Buenos Aires



Celebrate an unforgettable Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires, capital of Tango. Tango is present in every corner of the city and it is an integral part of the customs of its inhabitants.

The ritual of Tango is more than a musical composition, a dance, or an instrumental and vocal performance. It is a passionate way of feeling and experiencing life and the world.

In the heart of San Telmo, this historically restored building has become a highlight of the cultural scene of Buenos Aires. La Ventana is a journey back in time. Its historical interior has been conserved and provides the perfect stage for this unique event.

The Grand Juan D'Arienzo Orchestra and a Quintet will join two tango singers, six dance couples, and a traditional dance company, with a total of 32 artists on stage.

Programme and special menu:

7:30pm - Gathering at Hotel lobby and transfer to Gala Tango

8:00pm Welcome to Gala Tango, drinks served

Tango lessons

Menu:

Appetizer
Chef’s Sampling

Cuts of grilled turkey seasoned with rosemary and thyme and served with Thone sauce (white sauce), Italian prosciutto, fresh tomatoes and bufala (fresh mozzarella) morsels with basil sauce.

Main Course
Traditional grilled tenderloin

A 12oz. beef tenderloin cooked to perfection over the wood-fire grill, served with a three-pepper sauce.
Side dish: Thin potato layers covered in mild cream of garlic with a touch of thyme.

Dessert
Semifreddo Sabayon (egg-based, Marsala wine) served with almond praliné (sweet brittle confection), sliced strawberries and chocolate sauce.

Drinks:
Alamos Malbec (red) and Alamos Chardonnay (White) from Catena Zapata Wineries.
Water, soft drinks.

Tango and Folkloric Show
Special party favors and show broadcast on big screen.

Midnight toast with Saint Felicien Nature Champagne and a variety of sweet and savoury treats.

Dancing with our exclusive DJ.

Courtesy shuttle back to Hotel starting at 12.30 am, and every 15 minutes thereafter.

AHHHH yummm... while I sit here and drool on, you can learn more by visiting the site -
click here to find out more

The Tango - Unesco Culture Sector - Intangible Cultural Heritage



From: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?RL=00258

Description
The Argentinian and Uruguayan tradition of the Tango, now familiar around the world, was developed by the urban lower classes in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the Rio de la Plata basin. Among this mix of European immigrants to the region, descendents of African slaves and the natives of the region known as criollos, a wide range of customs, beliefs and rituals were merged and transformed into a distinctive cultural identity. As one of the most recognizable embodiments of that identity, the music, dance and poetry of tango both embodies and encourages diversity and cultural dialogue. It is practised in the traditional dance halls of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, spreading the spirit of its community across the globe even as it adapts to new environments and changing times. That community today includes musicians, professional and amateur dancers, choreographers, composers, songwriters, teachers of the art and the national living treasures who embody the culture of tango. Tango is also incorporated into celebrations of national heritage in Argentina and Uruguay, reflecting the widespread embrace of this popular urban music.


What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?

The term ‘cultural heritage’ has changed content considerably in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

read more at: www.unesco.org

Adela Galeazzi y Rino Biondi - Canyengue -El Chamuyo-Salon Canning

Tango Holiday in Italy

I was just visiting Volcada.com and read this tantalising entry...

Planning your holidays for 2011? Why not come to Tango in ... Italy.

Come to Italy for a combination of Dance, Arts, Culture, Food, Wine and more...

Spend a relaxing week in a romantic place like Villa La Rogaia in Umbria, in the hills above Lake Trasimeno between Florence and Rome.

Get inspired by Italy's wealth of culture and history: visit historical towns like Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia and many others.

We offer week long Tango holidays with internationally reknown teachers like Fabian Salas or Brigitta Winkler. Tango seminars for all levels from beginners' courses to master classes.

Have a look at our Tango program 2011 at Tango Holidays.com

Looking forward to seeing you in Italy next year!

and when the echo of applause

"And when the echo of applause no longer rings in my ears,
And when the curtain lowers, and the thousands of faces in front of me have gone,
And when the mirror reflects a face free of makeup..."

To read more you'll need to visit... Fabian Peralta.com.ar

Fabian, what a beautiful way of writing you have as an entrance to your site, you write as well as you dance, you are truly an inspiration.

My husband and I had the priviledge of learning with Fabian Peralta and Virginnia Pandolfi in Byron Bay and in Port Macquarie. It was a sheer delight.

Moti Buchboot and Glory Souder


Moti Buchboot and Glory Souder...

I received the following in an email from Moti Buchboot this morning, and thought how beautiful it was... if you would like to watch more of Moti dancing or to purchase his Tango Lesson DVD go to Organic Tango.info


Parallax

You never know
What will change the world-
a word lightly spoken,
a touch from a stranger,
a glance from a woman
in a red dress,
or a flower opening in your garden.
What you do know
down deep in your bones
is that the cells have
lined up in a new arrangement,
muscles grown
where before was weak and hollow,
and when you woke up this morning,
something else was on your mind
because the old furniture had moved
around to make room.
A momentary alignment of planets
has opened a door somewhere.
You never know how or when,
only that it means
Everything.

How many Argentine Tango shoes does a woman need?



Of course most of us would understand the need for hundreds of pairs of Tango shoes.

Jennifer Bratt - women's footwork

Aside from Jennifer Bratt's gorgeous footwork, how great are these shoes?

Close but not personal

"When you dance with a partner you are close and the dance is very suggestive, but it is not personal… Close is what the music inspire you to become. The embrace looks personal, but what we are actually embracing is the music.”

- Carlos Gavito

Tango is like writing a letter

"Tango is like writing a letter, it has a beginning, periods, commas, stops and an end. If you are doing figures and gyros (turns) all the time, people don’t see anything and that is why there is the walk- the invention of the people. In this dance of the people, which is what tango is, all the famous couples have used the walk, and they use it constantly.

The tango is on the ground, It is caressing the floor. It is the ball of the foot supporting the weight of the body, right on the axis and each person on his/her own axis. If you make pupils walk at the beginning, they get bored and want to learn steps and more steps - to show off at the dance hall. So you need to have the luck of meeting a teacher who tells you: No. Look. You must walk. First walk."
Miguel Zotto