Alma College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage with the Tango
Historically rebellious music of Argentina is coming to Alma College through the instruments of the Tami Tango Trio.
The trio and accompanying dancers will present “An Evening of Argentine Tango” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Call (989) 463-7304 between 1 and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to reserve tickets.
“This is going to be a real treat — authentic South American tango music of Piazzolla and others, including some Tami originals, played and danced by Argentine artists,” said James Mueller, associate professor of economics and member of the College’s co-curricular committee.
The trio was invited by Spanish professor Margarita Krakusin as part of the College's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Krakusin introduces Hispanic culture to an interdisciplinary crowd any chance she gets because it “opens doors for everybody.” She said bringing in artists from Argentina helps students understand that the Hispanic world is much larger than just Mexico and Cuba.
The tango was considered an insurrection as well as an inspiration to the people of Argentina in the late 1800s. Eduardo Tami, flautist, brought a fresh perspective to the old tunes by creating the Tami Tango Trio in April 2005. Pablo Fauaz on guitar and Juan Manuel Santisteban on piano complete the group.
“The tango is characterized by sensual duets in which men and women embrace in a danced representation of male-female seduction,” said Thomas Morris, associate professor of dance at Alma College.
“It’s pretty much a ballet in which the man will direct the woman just by the way he touches her on the back; it’s wonderful,” Krakusin said.
The people of Argentina often leave work and go straight to dance the tango, said Krakusin.
“It’s a way to manifest all their feelings and their love of their country,” she said. “It’s very nationalistic; it’s just something to represent their identity.”
The tango was based on dances brought to Argentina by African slaves and was originally performed in the slums of Buenos Aires in the 1860s, said Morris.
“Since the waltz was barely acceptable at that time, the tango was seen as extremely risqué,” he said. “In the 1920s, however, the tango became popular world-wide as a form of ballroom dancing.”
Krakusin has organized a program for Hispanic Heritage Month every year since she joined the Alma faculty in 1998.
Posted: Tue, September 26th, 2006 at 10:38AM