This series of video portraits of tango artists in Buenos Aires portrays tango as a living tradition. Although in dialogue with its rich history, this vision of tango is forward-facing, contributing to creation of a contemporary world where gender roles are evolving and innovation thrives.
Each portrait reflects an encounter between me, a North American dancer/filmmaker, and the featured artist(s). Each artist in the series was invited to participate because they resist mainstream tango aesthetics or culture in some way, inspiring me to believe that I too might break free from the narrow confines of tango’s mainstream aesthetic grip. This project celebrates tango as a progressive enterprise, not as preservation of the past, but as a vibrant and vital tool to live in the present and imagine our future.