Are you fascinated by the tango? Get an inside view of the dance, music and poetry that changed Buenos Aires and made its way all over the world.
Follow the historical and stylistic musical trajectories of tango music by revisiting major works throughout time, right up to modern-day composers.
Class discussions will focus on tango’s multiple dimensions – music, dance, and poetry. There will also be authentic live demonstrations and performances from guest artists. Each module consists of two and a half hours.
Please note that guest presenters may be subject to change.
Module 1 “The Tango entails infinite possibilities,” the origins of the tango and the rise of Tango as a cultural heritage of Argentina.
- Intro: What is Tango? Its meaning and function as a local/world cultural phenomenon.
- Social and historical background
Module 2 “La Milonga," an introduction to Tango Dance.Module 3 “La Milonga, an Introduction to Tango Dance,”
Professional tango dancers–Patricia McKinley, associate professor McGill University, School of Physical and Occupational therapy.
- History and Evolution of the dance.
- Dancing styles and techniques; Canyengue, Orillero and Tango de Salon.
- Contemporary practices in tango dancing; queer tango dance, neotango and electronic tango.
- The Tango Therapy;
Module 3 “Poetry and Music," lunfardo, Jorge Luis Borges and the tango, and the music of Astor Piazzolla.
Steven Cowan, guitar, first prize winner at the Montreal International Guitar Festival and Competition 2015.
Fernanda Macchi, associate professor McGill University, Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures.
- Lunfardo, the tango’s own dialect; its meaning, origin and application.
- Literature and Music; the relation between writer Jorge Luis Borges and the tango, presented by Fernanda Macchi, associate professor McGill University, Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures.
- "El mal bien entendido," the revolutionary music of Astor Piazzolla
Module 4 “The bandoneón through time," and reflecting on the Tango in the XXI century.
Jonathan Goldman, bandoneon player and musicologist
- Introduction to the bandoneón, the most emblematic instrument of this genre.
- Nuevo Tango Nuevo; expanding the technical and expressive possibilities in tango composition and performance practice.
- The Nomadic Tango, A reflection of a musical style with no borders.
- Short performance of works for bandoneón and cello.
This course is designed to enable you to:
- Recognize the major works of the tango repertoire
- Possess a solid understanding of the social context around the origins of tango
- Experience various forms of authentic tango up close (music, dance, poetry)