IF YOU GO
8:30 pm, Aug 18. Jianghu Bar, 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie, Dongcheng district, Beijing. 010-6401-5269. 7:30 pm, Aug 20. CD Blues, 39 Shenlu Street, opposite north gate of Ritan Park, Chaoyang district, Beijing. 010-8561-0560. 2:30 pm, Aug 24. The third floor of Sogo Shopping Center, No 8, Xuanwumenwaidajie, Xuanwu district. Beijing.
In 2009, Liu worked as assistant to veteran singer-songwriter Dadawa, when she spent two years in a UN initiative to explore ways to preserve the cultural richness of ethnic groups in the midst of development. That vast exposure to Chinese ethnic music inspired Liu to experiment with tango.
In 2010 she found her way to Tango Chino Club, the first tango club in Beijing, which has given tango dance training to over thousands of Chinese people since 2008.
Ma Ke, the club’s founder and director, was impressed by her talent.
“She is very persistent in tango music and full of creative ideas,” says Ma, who first fell in love with Argentina football team first and then was eager to know more about Argentina culture, like music and dance.
In the tango club’s early days, only foreigners living in Beijing joined in. But as more Chinese people became interested in tango, his club includes plenty of locals.
“Music is free. It will be enjoyed by people of different cultural backgrounds as long as we merge it in a proper way,” he says. “I am looking forward to the tango music out of the Chinese musician’s interpretation.”