The magic of tango in Taormina

During the spot produced by the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania the tango dancers, in an intense and passionate choreography, catch your attention dancing in the most beautiful locations of Taormina: Casa Cuseni, the Ancient Theatre, Piazza IX Aprile

A glance. The man’s right hand holds the woman in an embrace. Heels and red lipstick for her, a dark suit for him, and the game of seduction begins. Steps and movements following the rhythm of a sensual music. The spot produced by the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania, during the first edition of the Taormina Festival Tango, shows the magic and charm of this dance. Elegant, melancholy, passionate, tango is not just a dance. It is not perfection, tango is feeling, soul, improvisation. Moreover, “No mistakes in the tango. Not like life. It’s simple.” said Frank, played by Al Pacino in the movie “Scent of a Woman” by Martin Brest (1992). “That’s what makes the tango so great. If you make a mistake, get all tangled up, just tango on”.

The spot. Taormina sunset, sensual figures drawn on the Casa Cuseni floor, the majesty of Etna, a casquet in Piazza IX Aprile, the immensity of the Ionian Sea, the lights in Villagonia bay, the great choreography on stage at the Teatro Antico, a hug at the dawn. During the spot produced by the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania the tango dancers, in an intense and passionate choreography, catch your attention dancing in the most beautiful locations of Taormina: Casa Cuseni, the Ancient Theatre, Piazza IX Aprile. A tango, in a crescendo of rhythm and pathos, to discover the beauty, the places, the most evocative landscapes of the city.

From Buenos Aires, the tango fever spread across all over the world, including Taormina. The tango tradition started with the early ‘900 immigration to the Americas. The mixture of people with different traditions and backgrounds has created the maximum expression of the tango culture in the Argentine capital. The tango is a popular dance, a metaphor for the earlier rituals of seduction. The pattern is simple: a man and a woman. He leads, she follows. Slight and discreet movements. A glance, a hug, footsteps. A body language becoming movement. Last June, the magic of tango met the magic of Taormina. The tango sinuous figures have met the scenic beauty of the city: the Pearl of the Ionian Sea has become an open air milonga.

Taormina Tango Festival. The first international tango festival, organized by the Academy of the Sacred in collaboration with Frida Management, TangoLab Catania, Carina Morrudo Tang, led to Taormina many musicians and internationally renowned tango teachers, from Sicily and Argentina, demonstrating the multicultural origins of tango, between the local Argentine culture and ours, thanks to Italians emigrated to South America. Main characters of these four days dedicated to tango: Claudio Forte and Babara Carpino; Carina Morrudo and Maximiliano Avila, dancers and choreographers of Argentine tango and folklore; Gustavo Guarnieri and Gabriela Perea, both of them born in South America and then moved to Messina; Alejandro Beron and Johana Copes, daughter of Juan Carlos Copes, named “Dancer of the Century” (to him the great director  and producer Wim Wenders has recently dedicated a movie). Unique performances in a magical background.

[Author: Giusy Bottari / English: Clelia Caltabiano]

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