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The Southernmost South Cultural Identity DANCE MUSIC Tango's History Undoubtedly,
tango holds a privileged position in the representation of the Argentine abroad.
While, basically, it is known as a dance and a music which can be sung, tango
also contains a particular language (lunfardo), certain usages and customs,
and even a characteristic philosophy identifying tango people.
an international level, in order to distinguish it from so many other forms
that appear in dance halls, it is known as Argentine tango.
was this which gave rise to all the other forms. Tango in the Palais de Glace. The birth of tango took place towards mid-19th century, with the formation
of dwelling conglomerates around the young city of Buenos Aires. Those
who lived there, peasants from inland, European immigrants and some disadvantaged
porteños (born in Buenos Aires) made up a new social class. Perhaps
as a way of identifying themselves as a group and of feeling they belonged in
their new home, they began to create cultural expressions derived from this
mixture. This was the start of tango, characterized by its extremely
closed codes, which were only accessible to the working classes. House of neighbourg. Conventillo.
Due to this impossibility
of understanding by other audiences, the diffusion of tango was difficult
and was basically approached through dance, which was earlier than tango itself
in its most characteristic musical format (let alone sung tango, which arrived
much later). It is clear that tango culture, understood as some particular
usages and customs, is earlier than tango as an artistic expression. Salon
dances involving a man and a woman embracing were the precedent for tango,
which was refined until it became what has long been known as tango. Somebody
said: -Tango is something else than a soft wave turned into music, it is the
deepest dance in the world -, and he who spoke these words was not Argentine.
The truth is that it must be acknowledged that it represents the last step in
the universal dance evolution as regards dances of mixed couples.
in the street.
What started with dance was eventually coming of age in the expert hands of
great men, who, inspired in the popular melting pot, captured the richest
part of the Buenos Aires culture in their compositions. Themes always refer
to the ordinary man and his problems, the city and memories. Thus, tango becomes
a portrayal of Buenos Aires and its people. For this reason, undoubtedly, since
the best of the Buenos Aires culture is carried in each song, tango gained ground
abroad. Carlos Gardel plaing the bandoneón
(large concertina). Photographs were kindly granted by their authors. Continue...