If I wanted to see the semifinal rounds of the tango de pista competition, I would be standing in line now at La Usina del Arte in La Boca to get one of 1,700 tickets when they are handed out at 17 hs
The complete list of names for the qualifying rounds in the stage and dance floor categories were published with the list of semifinalists.
The stage category had 128 entries, of which only 25 made the cut to the semifinals. The largest number of entries are from the provincias of Argentina (58) and the capital federal (27). Other countries represented are Russia, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Brazil, France, Mexico, Holland, Bolivia, Chile, Switzerland, United States, Turkey, South Korea, Uruguay, and Spain.
The tango de pista had 286 entries, of which only 65 made the cut to the semifinals which includes 13 others from the city and regional competitions. Again, the largest group of participants are from the provincias of Argentina (140). The tango de pista category has many more countries represented: Russia, Italy, Indonesia, Colombia, Singapore, Greece, Venezuela, South Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, Italia, Uruguay, Canada, and Brazil with semifinalists; in addition, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Germany, United States, Slovenia, England, Switzerland, Philippines, Austria, Spain, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Chile, Belgium, Ecuador, France and Holland, making it a truly international competition.
Two couples from Detroit, Michigan and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had the guts to enter both categories. The United States also had entries from Austin, Texas; Berkeley, California; and New York, New York, none of whom made the cut to the semifinals.
The festival includes free classes for the public. Under the heading of “tango for exhibitions at dance clubs,” you can learn the styles of Milena Plebs, Juan Carlos Copes and Carlos Gavito that were taken from the dance floor to the stage. In “new trends” you can learn to stretch the boundaries with freedom from roles. And under “dance-floor tango,” in the days of the first milongueros, every step was a personal creation. This legacy is passed on today by dancers following in their footsteps (therefore, no more personal creation, only copying). Another class offers useful tips not to be intimidated by lack of space, even at the most crowded milonga (taught by someone who doesn’t go to the milongas). A class on embrace and connection, empowered by a favorite orchestra among dancers, Carlos Di Sarli. The “tango for stage” classes offer achieving a natural look in choreography; from improvisation to composition to find a personal style for stage; breaking the mold and finding new elements for choreography; guidelines for an inside-out creation process; blending tango dance with theater; the ABCs of stage tango; a guided choreographic laboratory; strategies for turning choreographic composition into a personal reflection; understanding the relationship of musical styles and choreographic styles.
See the finals live from Luna Park on August 26 (tango de pista) and August 27 (tango stage) at 19 hs.