An expat Californian building a new life via the tango in Buenos Aires since 2003, including information on learning the tango and where to dance it in Buenos Aires.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I just got back from a night in Little Madrid, or that's what it would probably be called if the Avenida de Mayo were in L.A. instead of Buenos Aires. It's the "Gallego District" where wonderful Spanish restaurants can be found alongside of flamenco bars. There are also theaters where touring flamenco troupes from Spain perform for the enthusiastic Spanish Argentines who live nearby.
This week, direct from their tour in New York, Soledad Barrio and her Noche Flamenca from Madrid, appear in the lovely jewelbox, Teatro Avenida. Run, do not walk to get a ticket! It's an amazing night of anguish, despair, loneliness, passion. physical strength and prowess. It's a show mostly about sorrow, but what beautiful sorrow! And you think tango has emotion?
After the show, we walked across the street to the Plaza Asturias for a Spanish seafood dinner, but we made the mistake of not ordering the mariscos casserole, which all of the other diners in the know were slurping up from the impressive steaming presentation in a red clay bowl. Great flan as well.
Don't let this pass you by; Soledad performs with her troupe of dancers, musicians and singers at the Teatro Avenida through next weekend (September 2.)