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Tango Poetry 12-02-2017

Did you know the lyrics of some tangos are as emotionally charged as the music itself?

Often speaking of helpless love, lost youth and times past, tango lyrics are heavy with nostalgia, melancholy and even poetry.

Following a Beginners class last week, an Argentine student asked me to translate a tango for a classmate. She happened to share a name with the title of the song: Marion. One of my all time favourite tangos in fact.

As I focused on giving the best on-the-spot translation I could, I was struck by the loveliness of the lyrics. And when I looked up I wasn’t very surprised to see that her eyes had welled up with tears. “Let’s stop now” I suggested, “before we all start crying!”

So I felt inspired to share the lyrics with you, to give you just a little taste of the mood of the tangos you are listening to. The beauty of the poetry is inevitably lost in translation but the sentiment holds true.

Evoking the memory

My heart starts to dream again

And the dream was you, Marion

Love of my youth

That is not forgotten

The shadows of yesterday

With the sadness of a song

Will always say to me: Marion

Marion

I know that at your side I was happy

When I gave you my heart

In old Paris

I remember

The grief of goodbye

And the sky

Marion

Distant love that I left

I want you to know, my heart

That I never forgot you.

We're delighted to present our montage video of our Winter Ball in January, celebrating Tango Movement's 10 Year Anniversary in London

In an evening full of magical moments, it's amazing to have a film that captures them so well.

Enjoy!

Featuring:

- Pas de Deux by Marianela Nuñez (Royal Ballet Principal) & Alejandro Parente (Theatre Colon Principal, Buenos Aires)

- Performance by Alejandra Mantiñan & David Benitez

- Performance by Kim & David Benitez

- Live music by Tango Siempre Septet

- Show by Tango Movement Students

There were a few moments at the Winter Ball when time appeared to slow down and this - for me - was one of them.

This is the seventh year we’ve put on our Annual Tango Ball - the only “milonga” David and I organise in the year - and this glorious venue never fails to move me.

When you dance you want to feel. And how easy is it to feel when you dance in that magical hall, with beautiful lighting, breathtaking music and the partner of your dreams guiding you!

Not to mention the warmth from the audience - the very best audience you can have - your tango students, friends and family.

I wish I had had a crystal ball ten years ago when David and I arrived in London and set up Tango Movement. I don’t think I would have believe what I saw. But it was certainly what we would have hoped for!

And finally, that most special of surprises that David arranged for me at the end. Moments to be cherished always.

Thank you again to everyone who came! It was an incredible Ten Year Anniversary Celebration for Tango Movement.

Our Tango Movement Winter Ball took place on 21st January 2017.

All proceeds go to help causes supported by APARU (The Association of Argentine Professionals in the UK), this year providing medical health care to visually impaired people in poverty-stricken areas of Argentina.

Over the years, we have raised £20,000 for charity through our milonga and through the support of our students and the wider tango community in London.

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