Let’s tango

Dance cel­e­bra­tion or­ga­nized by Con­sulate Gen­eral of Ar­gentina in Shang­hai

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - By Qi Xi­jia

To the time­less mu­sic of “Por Una Cabeza,” writ­ten in 1935 by Car­los Gardel, the an­nual World Tango Day cel­e­bra­tion or­ga­nized by the Con­sulate Gen­eral of Ar­gentina in Shang­hai was held re­cently.

Tango is cel­e­brated world­wide ev­ery De­cem­ber 11 to com­mem­o­rate the birth­day of singer and song­writer Car­los Gardel and com­poser Julio de Caro, the two most­promi­nent fig­ures in the his­tory of tango. It has been a long tra­di­tion for the con­sulate in Shang­hai to hold this an­nual event.

This year’s fes­tiv­i­ties were marked by a live con­cert per­formed by Shang­hai-based tango band The Gardel Trio and Ar­gen­tine singer Daniela Bes­sia fol­lowed by per­for­mances given by the Car­los Gardel Tango School, Tango Go and Tango Bang stu­dios amid sam­plings of Ar­gen­tinian wine and pas­tries.

Tango is a part­ner dance that orig­i­nated in the late 19th cen­tury in Ar­gentina. At the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, dancers and or­ches­tras from Buenos Aires trav­eled to Europe, where Tango spread to the rest of the world. In 2009, Tango was listed as a UN­ESCO in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage.

Ac­cord­ing to Pablo Obregón, the Con­sul Gen­eral of Ar­gentina in Shang­hai, tango has en­joyed ris­ing mo­men­tum in Shang­hai in re­cent years, es­pe­cially with the open­ing of the Car­los Gardel Tango School, which was launched in Sep­tem­ber in Shang­hai. It is the third branch of the school in China fol­low­ing Bei­jing and Chengdu of South­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince.

A new place to tango

“This year is par­tic­u­larly good for tango here in Shang­hai be­cause we opened the new school. It al­lows more Chi­nese peo­ple to dance. We are very proud of hav­ing a new school and a new place to tango. Each year, when we cel­e­brate World Tango Day, we no­tice that more and more peo­ple are show­ing up,” said Obregón, who took of­fice as the Con­sul Gen­eral of Ar­gentina in Shang­hai this Sep­tem­ber.

“2018 is a spe­cial year for the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ar­gentina and China, and cul­ture is an im­por­tant part of that re­la­tion­ship,” said Obregón.

In the com­ing years, Obregón told the Global Times that the Con­sulate Gen­eral of Ar­gentina in Shang­hai will or­ga­nize many more events to fa­cil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion in tango, ed­u­ca­tion and tourism be­tween the two coun­tries.

Pho­tos: Cour­tesy of the Con­sulate Gen­eral of Ar­gentina in Shang­hai

Above: Ar­gen­tine singer Daniela Bes­sia per­forms on stage at the event; Right: In­struc­tors from Tango Bang stu­dio show off their tango steps.

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