Sex at the Milongas

#61
Usually we read or hear that tango had its origin in the whorehouses. Nothing is more absurd and incorrect. First, there were no musicians working at brothels. Only at some places in the provinces there were locals that, under the appearance of dance halls, provided the double service and there not only tango was played, but also polkas, milongas, cifras, waltzes and any tune that would cheer the ambience. In Buenos Aires rent was very expensive, there was much demand, so that would have meant a waste of time and money.
The misunderstanding is owed to various reasons. Some dance halls or academias did not have a good reputation and the attendance was varied and, many times, "non sancta". Tough guys and easy living chicks used to go. But that does neither make those places whorehouses nor anything of the sort. Furthermore, people danced not only to tango there.
Also there were prestigious dance halls where people of a higher status used to go and where tango was the king of dances.
Those who adhere to this version are based on the lascivious titles and the connotation implied in some early tangos. Another mistake. That same kind of titles had already been used for polkas and corridos and their lyrics, if any, were repeated, passing from one air to another.
By Ricardo García Blaya
http://www.todotango.com/english/biblioteca/cronicas/origenes_del_tango.asp
This article reminds me of the three biggest lies:

The checks in the mail

I love you

Tango didn’t start in the bordellos...jajajaja
 

jantango

Active Member
#62
Real origins of tango in Buenos Aires

Steve posted part of an important article by Blaya on the TodoTango site that all tango lovers should read in full. Every time one comes across a newspaper story about tango, the seedy beginnings of tango in the brothels is always the first paragraph. It's been written so many times that the world believes it is true.

I propose we change the name of this section of Dance Forum to "Tango Jokes" because that's the content of so many posts. Check the number of posts/views to the Tango Humor thread. We can always count on one from Hbboogie. I, for one, am tired of all the one-liners that don't contribute anything to the discussions.
 
#63
A joke is a very serious thing. Winston Churchill

Steve posted part of an important article by Blaya on the TodoTango site that all tango lovers should read in full. Every time one comes across a newspaper story about tango, the seedy beginnings of tango in the brothels is always the first paragraph. It's been written so many times that the world believes it is true.

I propose we change the name of this section of Dance Forum to "Tango Jokes" because that's the content of so many posts. Check the number of posts/views to the Tango Humor thread. We can always count on one from Hbboogie. I, for one, am tired of all the one-liners that don't contribute anything to the discussions.



A joke is a very serious thing. Winston Churchill

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
Peter Ustinov


Bordertangoman quote
, i spotted a 5p piece on the dance floor and my partner took umbrage and said
" you'd stop dancing with me to pick up FIVE PENCE!"
fortunatley she had a good sense of humour.

Dave Bailey quote
That leads in to the "Well, would you stop dancing with me for £1 million...?" question

Joe quote
Madam, we have already established what you are; we are now simply haggling over price."

Bordertangoman quote
"it does require a slight modification of the embrace in order to hold his book in my left hand whilst dancing

Zoopsia59 quote
That modification would be putting down your fag, right?
Or is the left hand holding the drink?

Captian Jep quote
What, you're NOT going for the cake ?!

Dave Bailey quote
Christ, by the time I get there, you greedy sods will have eaten it, I'm sure

Angel HI quote
. Boogie, That's Hysterical !


Bordertangoman quote
"An archeologist commented: " we have found remnants of leather footware attached to a tapering piece of bone. We believe this to be the first high-heel shoe."

Sorry Ampster nothing you say is very funny jajajajajajajajajajajaja
 
#64
brothels of Buenos Aires

Usually we read or hear that tango had its origin in the whorehouses. Nothing is more absurd and incorrect. First, there were no musicians working at brothels. Only at some places in the provinces there were locals that, under the appearance of dance halls, provided the double service and there not only tango was played, but also polkas, milongas, cifras, waltzes and any tune that would cheer the ambience. In Buenos Aires rent was very expensive, there was much demand, so that would have meant a waste of time and money.
The misunderstanding is owed to various reasons. Some dance halls or academias did not have a good reputation and the attendance was varied and, many times, "non sancta". Tough guys and easy living chicks used to go. But that does neither make those places whorehouses nor anything of the sort. Furthermore, people danced not only to tango there.
Also there were prestigious dance halls where people of a higher status used to go and where tango was the king of dances.
Those who adhere to this version are based on the lascivious titles and the connotation implied in some early tangos. Another mistake. That same kind of titles had already been used for polkas and corridos and their lyrics, if any, were repeated, passing from one air to another.
By Ricardo García Blaya
http://www.todotango.com/english/biblioteca/cronicas/origenes_del_tango.asp

Christine Denniston is author of The Meaning of Tango, Dancing Tango - Unlocking the Mysteries and Secrets of the Tango - 1914

There is a cliché that Tango was born in the brothels of Buenos Aires. However, a more likely explanation is that the brothels were where people of the upper and middle classes first encountered it. Members of Argentina's literary classes - the people who are most likely to leave written evidence - did not mix socially with members of the lower, immigrant classes except in brothels.

Brothels were major places of entertainment for the working classes. The terrible shortage of women in Buenos Aires made prostitution a thriving industry. A shortage of women in the population also meant a shortage of women to work in the brothels. With many potential clients and few working women, the consequence was that there would be queues in the brothels as men waited for the women to become available.

In exactly the same way that a few years later Madams in New Orleans would employ artists like Jelly Roll Morton, at the cutting edge of the new music transforming Rag Time into Jazz, to entertain the men while they waited, brothel owners in Buenos Aires would employ Tango musicians. In both cities, these musicians were playing the music of the poor, and brothels were amongst the very few places in that section of society that could afford to employ professional musicians. So it is not surprising to see that the most important early musicians often spent some time working in brothels before becoming successful to a wider audience. The difference is that the chattering classes and opinion formers in the United States were likely to have heard Jazz for the first time in a nightclub in New York or Chicago rather than in New Orleans, while in Buenos Aires it was in the brothels that opinion formers first heard and saw it.
 

Peaches

Well-Known Member
#65
I propose we change the name of this section of Dance Forum to "Tango Jokes" because that's the content of so many posts. Check the number of posts/views to the Tango Humor thread. We can always count on one from Hbboogie. I, for one, am tired of all the one-liners that don't contribute anything to the discussions.
God forbid that anyone have a little bit of light-hearted fun...

...jeez...
 

Me

New Member
#66
I like the way our forum functions. It has been this way ever since I joined a few years ago. I wouldn't change it, ever. AT forums where people argue over what is "real" tango and disrespect one another are, frankly, a dime a dozen. I like the humor.
 
#67
I propose we change the name of this section of Dance Forum to "Tango Jokes" because that's the content of so many posts. Check the number of posts/views to the Tango Humor thread. We can always count on one from Hbboogie.
And this is a bad thing because... :confused:

God knows we could all do with a bit more humour in our lives.

If I'm responsible for a large amount of the frivolity - and I probably am - then I'm very happy to be associated this way.
 

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