'You call the tango a dance?" asked an Argentine dancer. "Ha! The tango is sex! Not making love. The tango is hurtful, filled with agony. The tango takes your wounds and opens them and makes them so painful that you bleed."
Tangos are not remembered for simple joy. The tango simulates tragedy. Think of Al Pacino dancing the blind tango in The Scent Of A Woman. Think of the libertine Marlon Brando dancing in the desolate French salon in Last Tango In Paris. Or the devil dancing the tango in Igor Stravinsky's The Story Of A Soldier, or Rudolf Valentino dancing the greatest tangos of all-just three years before he died.
Bangkok is prepared to meet the pain, the beauty and the haunting music of the tango on Saturday Aug 17 at the Thailand Cultural Centre, played by its foremost musicians. But not simply the tango as dance. The sections of the programme will show decidedly different pictures of this dance. It starts with the classical tango, a history going back to Africa, the Caribbean and South America, finally landing in Argentina. Next is the "middle guard", the great tango virtuosi like Astor Piazzola, who influenced the greatest musicians of Europe. Finally, the so-called "modern tango", played by the musicians of this concert itself.
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