Following the great fun we had last Friday night we have decided to squeeze in a Christmas Milonga before people travel home for Christmas.
The ‘Glass House’ restaurant has made available Thursday the 13th of December to us and we are grateful to them as this is an extremely busy period for them.
You may eat first if you like .. The Christmas menu is available to us on the night at a special rate of 29 euro ( 35 euro usually) Or just come along to dance the night away… There are only 20 spaces available to eat and Kilkee tango have booked 6 already, so book early please if you feel you might like to eat with us.. you must call the restaurant directly (061 469000) to book the dinner and quote Limerick Tango to get the discounted price.. Dinner is at 7pm and dancing starts at 9pm (Ish..)
Just to be clear.. you don’t have to eat to come to dance.. its as you wish..
If you can’t make Limerick Milonga Christmas party please, if you can, get to one of the other milongas on all around the country over December.. the more we dance, the better we become..
The Irish summer is littered with ‘festivals’. Every little bend in the road that can string together a few events across a weekend has a ‘festival’. The same is true of tango. I’m sure that there are few weekends in the year where there isn’t a tango ‘festival’ happening somewhere in the world.
The thing is, I wouldn’t describe many of them as festivals at all. I think they are more ‘conventions’ than ‘festivals’. My non-tango friends understand a lot better what I have been up to for the weekend when I use the term convention. What else describes checking into the event hotel where you will stay, eat, drink, dance after registering with the sole event organiser?
For me for it to be a festival festival there would be multiple milongas, multiple events, multiple courses all clashing and competing for my participation.
Daunting I’m sure but until it comes about I shall have to make do with conventional tango festivals.
A simple variation on the idea of displaying the current orchestra.
As well as the correct option one would also display three other orchestras all labelled a-d. Everyone could have a card to mark their answers and at the end of the night there could be a prize for the person who identified correctly the most orchestras.
Take the rose out from between your teeth and try the fish.
Limerick tango and the Glasshouse Restaurant have joined forces to present an utterly social event. The Tango Taster Night; Dining followed by social argentine tango dancing. Limerick Tango have been organising classes and monthly social tango events since 2006. Usually dance focused events this time round they decided to try something a little different. They approached David and Daphne at the Glasshouse restaurant and together they came up with the Tango Taster Night. Put aside your notions of Stricly Come Dancing, sequins, sequences, rigours training and judges. Dinner will begin at 8pm and over the three course menu the diners ears will be treated to a diverse range of Argentine music ranging from Astor Piazolla up to Gustavo Santoalla. After dinner the music will change to the classic tangos of the 1940s and the dancing shall begin.
If you have ever thought you wanted to learn the Argentine Tango this is a perfect opportunity to sample the atmosphere of a Buenos Aires milonga. If your curiosity gets the better of you and you want to try a few steps there will be experienced instructors on hand to get you started. The Argentine Tango community is composed of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds and is keen to welcome all newcomers.
Tango is more than just a dance. To the tango fanatic, it is a religion, a drug and a way of life. There is something about the arcane rituals, the sense of belonging and the intense emotions of tango that attracts dreamers, the lonely, the curious, the restless, and those with nowhere else to go.
From an unlikely beginning in a dance studio in New Zealand, Kapka Kassabova quickly became hooked on the tango; her new-found passion took her to New York, Berlin, Paris, Edinburgh and, of course, Buenos Aires. Along the way Kapka had fleeting moments of ecstasy but more often experienced the aching feet, heartbreak and jealousy that go with being a true tanguero. The story of the tango is also the story of Argentina. Twelve Minutes of Love examines the dance’s mixed Latin, European and African roots, its journey from the slums of Buenos Aires to the dance halls of almost every town across the globe where she meets and befriends some unforgettable people. The world of tango is rife with schisms and here Kapka is our guide to the esoteric but all too human conflicts that rage throughout every tango community.
With warmth, wit and a keen eye for the absurd, Kapka takes us behind the scenes of a global subculture and puts her own emotions, motives and 10-year long obsession with the tango under the microscope. More than a dance odyssey, this is a generation-defining story about what it’s like to be at once a cosmopolitan and a lost soul in the 21st century.