Tango dance and tango song represent the essence of Buenos Aires. The roots of tango can be traced to the 18th century when the black slaves from Africa arrived to Argentina followed by the 19th century’s arrival of the massive lower-class groups of European immigrants into the only city in ‘a new world’ with Parisian flavour. They hoped to be released from the poverty of their homelands. As an expression of both their sadness and joy these newcomers performed dances from the ‘old world’ such as polka, mazurka, tanguillo and eventually created a new dance: tango. The purpose of this paper is to examine the historical evolution of tango through the exploration of its roots and influences. The role that tango played in the creation of a symbolic expression of Argentinean nationality will also be discussed.
|Keywords:||Tango, Argentina, Identity|
Senior Teaching Associate (Spanish), Department of Culture and Language Studies, University of New Brunswick Frederiction, Fredericton, NB, Canada
There are currently no reviews of this product.Write a Review