“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.

THE SHOW tells the story of the transformation of a man who discovers tango today. It is divided into an” Introduction” and eight scenes.
Each scene is introduced by its name on the screen.

- INTRODUCTION

All the dancers perform three tangos.


- SCENE 1: BUENOS AIRES

We show a short film of Buenos Aires, a city of contrasts, where we introduce seven
milongueros – the heroes of our story.


- SCENE 2: ROUTINE

The dancers perform a contemporary choreography, which symbolizes the monotony of the daily life of our protagonist.
. We project the second video, which illustrates the routine of our seven milongueros.
. At the end, a woman, the symbol of Tango, crosses the stage. Our protagonist follows her, fascinated, while she dances on her own.


- SCENE 3: MILONGA

We re-create a milonga. The dancers all act and dance specific roles. The woman enters and joins the party, followed by our protagonist who keeps observing her with intensity.


- SCENE 4: THE BEGINNING

The following day, our protagonist is at work and begins to dream about tango.
The choreography shows three couples
with different styles performing routines
of “tango nuevo” and contemporary dance.

- SCENE 5: Apprenticeship

The scene starts with a tango class taken by our protagonist. It’s hard! The teacher shows “el abrazo” with a woman. All the students begin to walk and perform simple routines. The protagonist does not start well but improves rapidly. The class congratulates him. He invites the woman to dance…


- SCENE 6: FALLING IN LOVE

With four dancers, the choreography shows various facets of love – seduction, passion, and humor. The protagonist fell in love.


- SCENE 7: WAKING UP

The protagonist and the woman keep dancing. At the end of the tango, he asks her for another one but she turns him down brusquely. He is in shock and starts dancing alone while other male dancers arrive and take him to a different milonga.


- SCENE 8: SOCIAL TANGO

. We project a short film where we see our seven milongueros happy with their friends, chatting, drinking, and dancing: we discover the social life of a milonga.
. All the dancers perform two choreographies, as in a milonga. The protagonist is part of the group, at peace, transformed.