The XI International Queer Tango Festival from Nov 1#th till 19th 2017
At the most important venues in Buenos Aires, the most prestigious teachers, dancers and Tango orchestras from Buenos Aires
Founded in 2007 by Mariana Docampo, Roxana Gargano and Augusto Balizano the annual International Queer Tango Festival of Buenos Aires attracts participants locally and internationally devoted to queer tango: teachers, producers, academics, musicians, dancers and students from all over the world.
The mission of the Festival is to dance tango without the restriction of fixed roles normally determined by gender. That’s why the event is not oriented exclusively to same-sex couples, but to a truly open tango community, encouraging new forms of expression within a living tradition of music and dance.
Mariana Docampo is the founder of the Tango Queer milonga in Buenos Aires and is one of the organizers of the city’s annual International Queer Tango Festival. She is a writer and teacher of tango and literature, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of Buenos Aires, specializing in gender studies. She has published a book of short stories Al borde del tapiz (“At the Edge of the Tapestry”, 2001), the novel El Molino (“The Mill”, 2007), and a second volume of short stories La fe (“The Faith”, 2011). Her essay “Queer Tango” was published and quoted in numerous magazines and national and international publications. She studied Tango Salón, Tango Milonguero and Tango Nuevo with a number of master tango teachers, and was trained in the milongas of Buenos Aires. Drawing from her experience in traditional tango, she started to investigate the possibility of changing roles while dancing, a technique that enabled her to explore the dynamics of egalitarian communication between dance partners. This exploration inspired seminars, practice sessions and milongas that have been produced in Buenos Aires ever since (Milonga de Mujeres, El Desvío, Prácticas Tango Queer). She is currently the teacher and producer of the Tango Queer milonga of Buenos Aires, as well as other events and parties. In 2006 she was invited to teach at the International Queer Tango Festival of Hamburg and in 2009 she taught at the International Queer Tango Festival of Copenhagen. She has also given tango workshops in Stockholm, Berlin, Nice and Marseille, London and Brighton. In 2011 she travels to Berlin as a guest teacher in the First Queer Tango Festival of Berlin. http://www.tangoqueer.com /www.buenosairestangoqueer.blogspot.com
Augusto Balizano is the founder and producer of the milonga La Marshall and is one of the organizers of the International Queer Tango Festival of Buenos Aires. He belongs to the dance group Propuesta 5. In 1997 he received his professional degree in graphic design from the University of Buenos Aires. He became a tango master and performer under the direction of Claudia Bozzo. His teachers also included Claudio González in tango, Carina Passaglini in the technique of dance partnering, and Soledad Pérez in contemporary dance. He joined the theater company Caviar under the direction of Jean Francois Casanovas in the productions Viva Caviar and Hot Vudú. He was co-director with Pacha Brandolino of the company La Terna, directing his first work of dance theater, Quien es Medea? with tango music. The company toured internationally to Germany, where it won first place in the Carnival of Culture in Berlin, and to England, where the group appeared in the Pegasus Theatre at Oxford. He formed the first professional gay tango couple, touring Germany, England, Denmark and Italy. He was also invited to participate in the International Queer Tango Festivals of Hamburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen. With Elizabeth Guerrero he performed in Punta del Este, Uruguay and it teaches tango classes at the School of Social Dance. In 2011 he traveled to Berlin to be a guest lecturer at the first International Queer Tango Festival of Berlin. http://www.lamarshallmilonga.com.ar
Our videos dancing together in Copenhagen: