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In strangers' arms : the magic of the tango

Author: Beatriz E Dujovne
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The tango is the most iconic dance of the twentieth century and now of the twenty-first. This historical text peels back the propaganda that characterizes the dance. Topics covered include the tango's earliest origins, the sexualization of the dance, its place in Argentinian culture, and the mythological prohibition against it"--Provided by publisher.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beatriz E Dujovne
ISBN: 9780786463893 0786463899
OCLC Number: 707825581
Description: x, 222 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. The people. In strangers' arms --
Buenos Aires: connection metropolis --
Shadows in the temple: inside the Milongas --
The invisible heart of the dance --
Part II. The places. La Boca: the rebel embrace --
San Telmo: improvisation in the wilderness --
The world Milonga: tango gypsies of the 21st century --
Part III. The poetry. The conversation of song --
Milonguita: a thread of the tango epic --
Four weeks and a lifetime with Alberto Podestá --
Epilogue: The tango in all of us.
Responsibility: Beatriz Dujovne ; foreword by Alejandro Martino.


The tango is easily the most iconic dance of the last century, its images as familiar as an old friend. But are they the whole story? Peeling back the poster propaganda that has always characterized  Read more...


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Equal parts history, memoir, and ethnography, In Strangers' Arms is both an evocative ballad dedicated to Buenos Aires, and an effective and aesthetic anatomy of the dance form. Dujovne's account is Read more...

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The Truth about Tango and the Death of Its Mythology

by dgibbin (WorldCat user published 2011-11-22) Excellent Permalink

Ever been to a Tango lesson and wandered around the room studying the faces of the dancers as they warm up to each other's arms? 
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