Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

Music for the Tanguero

As a culture, the tango community has spread through exoticism with the help of machismo wild fire.  In the midst of cultural clashes between amateurs and professional tangueros, the music of the dance has changed as well.

Here in the first clip is a the newest generation of “Nuevo Tango” music, danced to in the streets of Buenos Aires.  Notice the electronic influence coming in at 0:17?

Much to the upset of the traditional community, many dancers have even gone so far as to cross tango into completely new genres:

To contrast, here’s a clip of some old school for those who are interested:

Strictly for the brave — check out Cellspace for Tango dancing on Wednesday nights (nuevo, alternative, and traditional).

Amara Tabor Smith: Our Daily Bread

Amara Tabor Smith: Our Daily Bread (courtesy CounterPULSE.org)

You can’t escape politics in food. Maybe you’re lucky enough to make choices at the grocery store (organic vs. nonorganic, local vs. who-knows-where, processed vs. homemade). Maybe you subsist on delicious but deadly fast food offerings. From the American obesity epidemic to breakdown of natural ecological systems, there are undeniable issues with the way we acquire, process, and consume food.

Our Daily Bread is a series examining food and how we eat it. Dancer Amara Tabor-Smith, director Ellen Sebastian Chang and visual artist Lauren Elder have collaborated on a series about the change in eating habits in our modern life. How has fast food and famine, overproduction and environmental destruction, fundamentally altered the way we choose to feed our bodies? It’s a provocative look at the systems that aim to nourish us but can also break us down.

The series is presented by CounterPULSE, an events and arts space in SOMA. The first production is this Thursday, April 14, and it runs until April 24.