SECOND QUEER TANGO MARATHON – MARCH 2011
From March 21st - 27th Buenos Aires 2011 the second Queer Tango Marathon was held.
Hundreds of people enjoyed Tango workshops and other Queer dance development in Argentina such as Folklore Argentino Queer and Queer ballroom including Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Foxtrot)
Participants were able to choose between 20 workshops given by 19 Instructors, all artists of queer dances, including: Alejandro Figliolo, Cesar Rojas, Bárbara Wainnright, Mario de Camillis, Margarita Albarado, Silvina Ierino, Soledad Torres, Lucas de Buenos Aires, Gonzalo Collazo, Maximiliano Martino Ávila, Mariano Garcés, Jesús Pietropaulo, Sebastián Colavita, Silvana Soto, Henry Tapia, Mario López, Celeste Italiano, Miguel Moyano and Ximena Rodrigo.
Opening night was at Tinta Roja Art Café, in the heart of the Tango barrio of Boedo, where Nancy Ábalos, winner Atahualpa Yupanqui Prize 2009 and Estrella de Mar prize 2011 performed to kick off the event. Following this, the well known Drag Queen and Tango Singer Demetrio Arias along with Drag Queen Ana Lupez were the evening’s hosts.
Conferences were held by SIGLA Trans (Lic. Ronald Peña, Sebastián Palomino y Cecilia Elena) with many LGTB organisation guests (Marlene Wayar, Diana Sacayan, Gabriela Abreliano, Facundo Plescia y Carla Morales). We also held a conference about the Military Goverment, Human Rights and homosexuality in Argentina during 1976 – 1983 – given by SIGLA members Rafael Freda and Hernán Aguilar, Adrián Martínez from Human Rights for Paraguay in Argentina and the Principal member of the Ministry of leaders of the Nation.
Amongst the artists who performed were: Jorge Gordillo, Roberto Piazza, Practica “El Monito”, Pablo Nieto, Ensemble Le Pifie orchestra, Margarita Albarado and Lucas Acosta. Oficial DJ was Jesús Pietropaulo with Juan Pablo Marcellino assisting. We played host to Desmadres, Grupo Alma, Maximiliano Avila and Emilia Nonino, Mariela Zamora and the wonderful voice of Hernan Felipe. Valeria Anino and tango Transhumante also played for enthusiastic dancers and guests. Maxi Avila and Sila Ohman, held a conference about Tango Queer and diversity.
The couple who won the “most hours dancing” prize was Mariana Maricel Paz and Walter Quiroga, students of IUNA Folklore. The winners in the “posta” category were Fernando Giesso and Horacio Navarro.
Teachers Lucas de Buenos Aires de Boston (USA) & Gonzalo Collazo from Montevideo (Uruguay), were the special guests as a way to support new Queer Tango projects starting around the World.
The Marathon was held in Tinta Roja Art Café, Casa Brandon, Queer Tango & Foklore School, Ofelia Casa Teatro and IUNA Folklore.
Soledad Torres, Luciano Tontarelli, Juan Pablo Marcellino, Nahuel Mosca & Mariano Garcés, were the organizers with the special helpers, Andrés Peirano and Lorenzo.
We want to say a special thank you to all the people who made our second edition possible, especially to the WORLD QUEER TANGO COMMUNITY, who help us to keep growing every year and to keep our name: “Queer Tango Marathon”.