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Cecilia Gonzalez and Albano Goldenberg perform this Saturday
'Unlike other dances, (Tango) is pure improvisation. It's the everyday… That's why Tango is not only therapeutic; it's a way of life, a way of thinking and a way of feeling'. - Albano Goldenberg.
Cecilia Gonzalez lets her body do the talking. Her aesthetic is clear and classical and she has been heralded as 'one of the most important female dancers of our generation'. This acclaim notes more than the elegance for which Argentine Tango is coveted: it is Cecilia's womanhood that frames her sensuality. She has strength within each movement, adds character to her improvisatory genius and enriches the role of 'follower' with her noble beauty. Cecilia understands how music is sequenced and how a man leads: her timing is impeccable and her dance-dialogue remains instinctive. The result is pure grace. As Cecilia expresses, paints and licks the music, the audience is swept up within the Tango storyline and willingly become part of the journey. Tango requires technical training and discipline. To know Tango requires wisdom and sensitivity. To dance Tango as 'a follow', requires feminine patience that is only possible when you truly love what you are doing and submit to Tango as your life teacher. That is what you will witness and can learn from Cecilia Gonzalez.
For female dancers, you can't go passed Cecilia Gonzalas for 'Tanguera' role-modelling. Cecilia encapsulates Tango elegance, sensuality and strength. She is grace itself.
Albano Goldenberg is characterised by his circular and spiral movements, which are the hallmark techniques of Salon Tango style. The disassociation and contra-body motion is what makes Tango so difficult to master: to make it look smooth, understated and effortless is another level to this classic art form. Listen intently to Albano's verbal cadences on YouTube and you will understand that he lives and breathes the Tango, his dancing exposing an in-the-moment response that takes mere mortals a lifetime to achieve. His precision lead and refined masculinity makes it easy to see why Tango has chosen Albano as its envoy. Albano is a Tanguero who does not only understand and interpret music: he becomes the music. That is how Albano makes you feel: he makes music a love story.
Together, Albano and Cecilia make Tango, 'the dance of love', real. Currently on their Australasian tour, they are the international guests and featured performers at Tango Bajo's 'La Mision' Marvellous Margarita Memorial Milonga on Saturday 12th November. This dignified duo also present a weekend of workshops and are available for private lessons in Melbourne from Friday 11th to Tuesday 15th November.
Ever-active on the international scene, Cecilia and Albano offer the chance for Tango lovers to see new trends, learn from their stylistic flair and to touch base with Argentine cultural heritage. 'La Mision' Marvellous Margarita Memorial Milonga is part of their Australasian tour and is a highlight of this year's Melbourne social-dance calendar.
This year, as 'La Mision' Marvellous Margarita Memorial Milonga welcomes these Argentine Tango maestros to Melbourne, the annual event is a highlight of Melbourne's Tango calendar. It is a chance to see Tango in motion and to understand why it is a dance that continues to captivate global audiences of all ages, from all walks of life. It is a BYO event with a light supper provided. In addition, there will be door prizes (hopefully- a pair of shoes from InStep Tango that will lead you straight to Buenos Aires!) from hosts, sponsors and supporters: Tango Bajo, InStep Tango Shoes, JHeart Tango, Pilates Pure Movement and Regina Tango Clothing & Shoes.
Milongas are social dance nights for Argentine Tango and are without doubt, the heartbeat and lifeblood of this improvised, sensual and intimate partner dance. It doesn't matter where you learn, with whom you dance or whatever your Tango style you prefer, the essence of Argentine Tango is to be able to dance with anyone and to be part of a community and its social hub. Tango was born on the streets of Buenos Aires and will forever remain part of civic and artistic life.
Tango Bajo recognise the importance of showcasing local talent and are delighted to present Teresa and Eddie as part of the November 12th 'Marvellous Margarita' Milonga performance program. Teresa Lavers and Eddie Perez have been performing for nearly 10 years and are well-known to Melbourne audiences. Their most recent performances include Festival Melbourne and Tango Melbourne's inaugural Milonga last September.
Tango Bajo presents 'La Mision' Marvellous Margarita Memorial Milonga on Saturday 12th November. At this year's annual event that honours local legend Margarita Hill, you will be inspired by performances from Argentina's visiting maestros, Cecilia Gonzalez and Albano Goldenberg and Melbourne's own Teresa Lavers and Eddie Perez.
Tango Bajo's DJs Ser and Leonel are also part of the esteemed line-up at Bajo's premiere annual event. You can expect the usual variety of Classic, Vals, Milongas and Nuevo styles to be played, covering new trends in international Tango as well as time-honoured classics from the Golden Era.
For those who have never been to a Milonga, the first thing that you will notice is elegance. There are 'Milonga manners', which are best summarised as 'old-fashioned courtesy between a man and a woman'. You are asked to dance and together you take to the dance floor. After a 'Tanda' which is usually four dances, ladies are either escorted back to their seats or may choose to continue to dance with the same partner. Couples can choose to remain together all-evening-long but because Tango is social dance with civic manners, you usually dance with many partners throughout the night.
Tango Bajo's 'Marvellous Margarita Milonga' will kick-start at 8.30pm and all-night social dancing will be punctuated with the performances from Cecilia and Albano and Teresa and Eddie. There are tables for groups and if you are not on the dance floor, you can mingle, catch-up with friends or meet new people from the Tango scene.
Margarita Hill, after whom this event is named, was one of Melbourne's most-loved social Tango dancers. Throughout her colourful life, she frequented Milongas in both Melbourne and her 'adopted city of passion', Buenos Aires. The week before she tragically slipped away, she was still dancing at Tango Bajo, entertaining all with her marvellous humour, and filling the hall with her magnetic presence. Margarita's second-hand or retro shop, just off Greville Street, was known in Tango circles as 'The Tango Shop', stocked to the hilt with Tango shoes and other iconic and quirky classics from her regular trips to Buenos Aires and Europe. 'La Mision' Marvellous Margarita Memorial Milonga is the chance for dancers across Australia to remember the fun and flair that was Margarita.
'You just hug. Tango is an embrace.' - Albano Goldenberg
Cecilia and Albano's Melbourne tour also includes a full weekend workshop program and both maestros are available for private tutelage. On Saturday the 12th, they are presenting 3 x 1.5-hour-long workshops which cover: The Art of Walking and Small Turns; Changes of Direction; and Turns, Structure and Technique. The full-day runs from 11.30-5pm and is primarily pitched to intermediate students. On Sunday, which is suitable for intermediate and advanced dancers, Cecilia and Albano will focus on: Circular Open Steps; Barridas for Men and Women; and Rebounds. The first Sunday workshop starts at 12 midday and concludes at 5.30pm. The weekend workshop program will be held at Arthur Murray, Level 1, Suite 2, 136-138 Martin Street in Brighton. The cost is $38 per workshop or $35 each for two or more. Early-bird rates apply (by Thursday 10th) and there are special packages that combine workshop attendance and entry to 'La Mision' Milonga. Private lessons can be booked for Friday 11th, Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th at a cost of $115 per hour and will be held at the German Tivoli Club, 291 Dandenong Rd in Windsor.
Bill Jarman is the Director and Principal Teacher of Tango Bajo in Melbourne. Originally from New Zealand, Bill studied a post-graduate in Dance Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts and has been operating Tango Bajo since 2003. He is recognised in both Australia and Argentina as an exponent of Nuevo Tango. As well as running classes, Milongas and special events in Melbourne, Tango Bajo hosts international guests to not only extend Melbourne dance students and keep them abreast with Argentine dance culture, history and trends, but to help put Melbourne 'on the Tango map' and to strengthen artistic bonds world-wide. Keep an eye out for Tango Bajo's international guest list and program for 2017.
Milonga Summary and Booking Details
La Mision' Marvellous Margarita Memorial Milonga runs from 8.30pm until late and is held at Unitd Styles, 175 Chapel St, Balaclava (in the Church Hall, just back from the corner of Brighton Rd & Chapel St). The cost is $35 per person if you pre-pay before Thursday 10th November, or $40 at the door. There are still table passes: 10 people for $315 or $266 for a table of 8. Group bookings need to be made and paid before Thursday 10th. To book, phone or SMS 'Meg' on 0419 826 061 or email email@example.com. Please note that bookings are only secured with full payment.
Tango Bajo has been operating in Melbourne since 2003 and runs monthly Milongas at Unitd Styles every 2nd Saturday of the month from 8.30pm.