Trip to La Ventana Tango Show -Buenos Aires- Argentina

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Being Argentina and especially Buenos Aires famous for tango dancing, it is only natural that a number of Tango Shows, which target tourists, have flourished in the late years. La Ventana Tango Show is one of the most known of them.
La Ventana lies in Balcarce 431 in the middle of San Telmo, a neighborhood that keeps so far the historic flavor of the old Buenos Aires. The building is a recycle conventillo. These were uptown residences transformed in boarding houses for immigrants, after the yellow fever epidemic which had overtaken Buenos Aires at the end of the nineteen century. Now, with its four halls and eating places, the building has recovered its old splendor.
The show can be divided in three parts. The two first parts are dominated by tango. First, there are dancers showing their sensual choreographies and singers performing memorable tangos of the golden age. After that, the music of Don’t cry for me Argentina occupies the entire hall, an odd Broadway interlude in the show. The audience seems to like it, though. Second, it follows an instrumental performance by the Juan D’Arienzo typical Tango orchestra: without doubt a classic for anyone who loves tango. The last part is a folklore number. First gauchos show their abilities with the boleadoras, a traditional hunting weapon. Then a music group of the Altiplano as well as a folkloric ballet reveal all the color and contagious rhythms of carnavalitos of Argentine north, for me the highlight of the show. To close the night the entire cast performs together one more time.
I think the show is and interesting alternative for those who want mix tango with other traditional music from Argentina. Trips to La Ventana can be done every night of the year with a cost of around US$80 with dinner and the show last for about 4 hours.

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1 comment:

Carla said...

With Tango, everything is possible. I think that with just two dancers and a bandoneĆ³n, an accordion-like instrument introduced into Argentina in the mid-1800's by German immigrants, a tango performance can be held. Tourists have so come to love these instruments that thousands of them are leaving the country as souvenirs, I even bought one. I also rented an apartment in buenos aires  and the place had an accoredion for tenants to use if they wanted to. Of course, I tried but nothing good came out. It seems that years of practice are needed to play it!