Finding Tango: From the Golden Age to the Twenty-First Century

Carolyn Merritt

in Tango Nuevo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780813042190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043029 | DOI:
Finding Tango: From the Golden Age to the Twenty-First Century

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Surveying the parallel histories of Argentina and the tango, Chapter 2 highlights the particular place of the country and its most famous dance in the global imaginary, as well as the impact of globalization, fusion, and innovation upon the dance's development from its inception more than a century ago. From the 1983 Paris premiere of the stage show Tango Argentino to the post-dictatorship cultural programs that woke porteño dancers from a nearly thirty-year slumber, this chapter traces the tango's revitalization at home and abroad. Highlighting events leading up to the 1990s tango “investigations” that yielded a pedagogic and choreographic revolution in the dance, which many have argued resulted in a “new tango,” this chapter sets the stage for an in-depth investigation of the myriad meanings and interpretations of tango nuevo today.

Keywords: Argentina; Buenos Aires; Argentine tango; tango nuevo; Golden Age (tango); Astor Piazzolla; Dirty War

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Subjects: Dance

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