Feminist fight against tango macho culture


Photo: Natacha Pisarenko / AP / TT

Argentine dance couple Juan Segui and Maira Sanchez at last year's tango championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Photo: Natacha Pisarenko / AP / TT

"The only thing we want is that we can develop and work on the same terms as men," says the founder of the Tango Hembro Festival, Maria Vazquez.


In the homeland of tango in Argentina, women want to form a dance culture of dance.

Musicians, dancers and text writers are accentuated by the newly established International Women's Festival, which are active on the tango scene.

With its ugly, cold movements, the tango again feels easy. The participation of the dance couple is marked by the splendor and passion in the spectacle, which requires two, but where the man is the one who leads. With shifting hands, he directs his partner to one and the other direction to music, which is often about men who are misled by their women – and who ultimately takes away the violent revenge.

Gender roles are called into question

But in Argentina, which together with Uruguay is the cradle of the dance genre, women's tango practitioners are tired of masturbating culture, which designates music for the role of the dance floor.

The national feminist movement, which was most clearly demonstrated by last year's proposal for the legalization of abortion, along with the world's meto-movement, has led the dancers to question the gender roles that the tango captured.

The result is the Tango Hembro Festival – the first international feminist tango festival and the event exclusively for women. It was recently held in Buenos Aires, where musicians, dancers and writers from many countries gathered.

At the festival, the writer Mercedes Liska described the tango as a genre that traditionally "belonged to men dancing with anonymous women," says the al-Jazira news channel that was established. However, several participants mentioned that dance rules and roles are now questionable; same-sex couples are becoming more and more popular and the 120-year history of the genre is reinterpreted. The goal is a simple, true founder of the festival, composer and singer Marisa Vazquez, al-Jazira.

– The only thing we want is to develop and work under the same conditions as men.

Men retain power

Some people also began to look at a genre with more critical eyes. In a BBC documentary last year, singer Augustin Fuertes said he no longer wants to sing a song whose songs are about violence against women.

However, the objective of the same sector has not yet been achieved. At the positions of tango strength, men dominate, among the practitioners who contribute most to performances at various festivals, as only 15 percent of women are women. Maria Vazques nevertheless notes a clear change in the relationship.

I had to bring this fight myself before. I called managers at radio stations and festivals and asked why women do not. But now the feminist movement has awakened, says Al-Jazira.


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