What's So New about <i>Tango Nuevo</i>?

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:
What's So New about Tango Nuevo?

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Is there truly a new tango? How does today's nuevo differ from earlier incarnations, circa 1940 and 1960? Why do there exist countless interpretations of the term, and what exactly is at stake in global debates over defining the dance? How has Argentina's economic crisis positioned tango and the country itself for revitalization via foreign consumption? Disentangling aesthetics from mechanics, this chapter outlines the distinct foundations for local and foreign understandings of tango nuevo. Tracing elements linked to nuevo-including fusion, innovation, and foreign influence-throughout the dance's history, contemporary trends are revealed to be sincere to the historical essence of the dance while also relevant to contemporary minds and bodies. In conclusion, this chapter suggests tango as an ideal vehicle for examining the tensions between preservation and evolution in the survival of cultural phenomena, as well as today's increasingly interconnected, globalized world.

Keywords: Argentina; Argentine tango; tango nuevo; economic crisis (Argentina); authenticity; sincerity; cultural change; globalization; prácticas (tango)

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Subjects: Dance

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