Soul­ful Sways

Cel­e­brate rich cul­ture and her­itage at this year’s Tango In Par­adise

Indonesia Tatler - - Life -

Bold move­ments and colour­ful cel­e­bra­tions—with Tango in Par­adise around the cor­ner, it’s time to dust off your dance shoes. Held from November 29 to December 2 in Bali, Tango in Par­adise is an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence that aims to merge the cul­tures and tra­di­tions of two ex­otic coun­tries, In­done­sia and Ar­gentina. In ad­di­tion, Tango in Par­adise is us­ing its pas­sion to raise funds for the vic­tims of the Lom­bok earth­quakes. “We want to bring their smiles back, es­pe­cially the chil­dren,” says Ratih Soe Kosasie, founder of Tango in Par­adise. “I hope that this fes­ti­val can make th­ese vic­tims’ lives bet­ter in any way, as their smiles bring light into this world.”

It’s here that tango en­thu­si­asts can meet other dancers from around the globe, treat them­selves to en­rich­ing work­shops and riv­et­ing per­for­mances by the Ar­gen­tinean Tango Masters, and ex­pe­ri­ence Bali at its finest. This year’s fes­ti­val will travel through Le­gian to Seminyak, with the first night spent in Ku­mala Pan­tai Ho­tel with a Wel­com­ing

Mi­longa, and the rest at the Padma Ho­tel & Re­sort, where dancers can en­joy Tra­di­tional Mi­longa and Gala Mi­longa in the ho­tel’s en­chant­ing ball­room. To end the ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, a cham­pi­onship and farewell din­ner will also be held at the Ku­mala Pan­tai Ho­tel.

Liven­ing up the week are three pairs of in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Tango Mae­stros. En­ter­ing their 13th year of danc­ing to­gether, Luis Ramirez and Ana­lia Car­reno are bring­ing their al­lur­ing chem­istry to Bali. Hav­ing per­formed at revered tango houses and shows in Buenos Aires such as “Señor Tango” and “Tanguera”, the dynamic duo de­cided to es­tab­lish their own tango com­pany, “Con­juro Tango”.

Fifteen years into danc­ing to­gether, pro­fes­sional tango and Ar­gen­tine folk­lore dancers Gabriel Ponce and Ana­lia Mo­rales will also be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance. Af­ter study­ing in the Na­tional Folk­loric Bal­let of Ar­gentina, the stun­ning pair toured the world from 2003 and even chore­ographed the Latin Grammy Award 2010 in Las Ve­gas.

Of sim­i­lar cal­i­bre are Fa­cundo Pinero and part­ner Vanesa Vil­lalba, who boast their fair share of glo­ries. At the ten­der age of 17, Fa­cundo trav­elled the world with many com­pa­nies, such as Latin Dance and Tango Emo­tion. Keeping up with her glo­be­trot­ter part­ner, Vanesa built her name in Casas de Tango and Tango Ba­radero 2002, where she won first place and later sat on the jury.

Adding to the star-stud­ded fes­tiv­i­ties are guests of hon­our Michael Nad­tochi “EL Gato” and Paula Duarte “Paulita” who be­gan their pro­fes­sional jour­ney to­gether at a Buenos Aires Mi­longa in 2017. Less than a year later, they went in­ter­na­tional and will be tour­ing the world to per­form and teach to tango com­mu­ni­ties.

With such a flavour­ful line-up of guests and en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, this year’s Tango in Par­adise will be big­ger and bolder. There’s no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the year’s end than with lively dance fes­tiv­i­ties in Bali that will also aid sur­vivors of the Lom­bok earth­quakes.

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