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Carolyn Merritt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042190

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042190.001.0001

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Finding Tango: From the Golden Age to the Twenty-First Century

Finding Tango: From the Golden Age to the Twenty-First Century

(p.30) 2 Finding Tango: From the Golden Age to the Twenty-First Century
Tango Nuevo

Carolyn Merritt

University Press of Florida

Surveying the parallel histories of Argentina and the tango, Chapter 2 highlights the particular place of the country and its most famous dance in the global imaginary, as well as the impact of globalization, fusion, and innovation upon the dance's development from its inception more than a century ago. From the 1983 Paris premiere of the stage show Tango Argentino to the post-dictatorship cultural programs that woke porteño dancers from a nearly thirty-year slumber, this chapter traces the tango's revitalization at home and abroad. Highlighting events leading up to the 1990s tango “investigations” that yielded a pedagogic and choreographic revolution in the dance, which many have argued resulted in a “new tango,” this chapter sets the stage for an in-depth investigation of the myriad meanings and interpretations of tango nuevo today.

Keywords:   Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentine tango, tango nuevo, Golden Age (tango), Astor Piazzolla, Dirty War

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