Queer Tango Dancers From 2010 Festival


By Roy Heale


The Fifth Annual International Queer Tango
Festival of Buenos Aires will take place from November 14 – 20,
2011. Without a doubt this is one of the best events on the gay and
lesbian calendar in South America.  The Festival will take place in
the city’s principal tango venues and studios. There will be
milongas and practices every day of the week, plus shows, orchestras,
performances, and classes with renowned Argentine tango experts.
Copenhagen is this year’s Honorary Sister City.


During the Festival  there will be a  salute to Copenhagen,
Europe’s pioneer city in the fight for human rights, as the
Festival’s 2011 Honorary Sister City. Gunner Svendsen and Tina
Solveig Koch, organizers of the International Queer Tango Festival of
Copenhagen, will be among the honored participants in Buenos Aires.


The Festival goal is to build a truly open tango community,
encouraging new forms of expression within a living tradition of
music and dance. Because of her longstanding, unconditional support
and counsel, renowned dancer and tango teacher Aurora Lúbiz has been
recognized since 2010 as godmother of the Festival.

Lidia Border

On Tuesday, November 15, the celebrated Lidia Borda will open the
International Queer Tango Festival for the second consecutive year at
Milonga Tango Queer (Perú 571). On this occasion Borda will perform
with the talented Ariel Argañaraz on guitar and Daniel Godfrid on
piano. Borda will sing from her beautiful repertoire of recorded
works and unreleased tracks, including Manzi, caminos de barro y
from her latest album. She is famous for her emotional and
profound interpretations of the greatest writers. Rolling Stone
described Lidia Borda as “the best tango singer of the
present”. Borda is highly regarded as the foremost female voice in
the last few decades, and she has been widely acclaimed. Although
inspired by the pioneer interpreters of tango, at the same time Borda
is a modern and original interpreter with a classic and
unconventional repertoire which rediscovers beautiful pages of the
genre, inexplicably forgotten.


For the second time, the Buenos Aires Queer Tango Festival will
present the Orquesta Típica Los Reyes del Tango on Thursday,
November 17, 2011 at Milonga Confitería Ideal (Tango Ideal –
Suipacha 380).


Los Reyes del Tango

The Quinteto Negro de La Boca was born as a band in the
neighbourhood of  La Boca in 2008. It is their members’ intention to
rejuvenate the cultural heritage of the community through the music
of tango, featuring authors such Pedro Laurenz and Juan de Dios
Filiberto. Not in vain was La Boca, one of the most important sites
in the creation and development of tango throughout the ages. They
will perform on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Milonga La Marshall
(Independencia 572).


Renowned Tango Artists Alejandro Andrián, Augusto Balizano and
Claudio González will dance together for the first time in an
unforgettable exhibition on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the
Festival’s opening milonga at Milonga Tango Queer (Perú 571).


On Wednesday, November 16, 2011 there will be a presentation of
experimental dance theater at the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación
Floreal Gorini (Av. Corrientes 1543, CABA). Works to be performed
are: Appears, directed by Miguel Elías; Dual, directed
by Gustavo Soto; SinFilm A staged composition in
dance-theater, directed by Maestra Arena Belén and Maestra Celeste


Whether you are a dancer, a student of tango, or just an observer
who is fascinated by this artistic dance form, the place to be is
Buenos Aires for the 2011 Queer Tango Festival.