When: April 1st, 2018, 7pm – 1am
NEOlonga Dress Code: All sorts of pajamas, excluding the ones revealing parts of the body commonly not shown to the wide public
NEOlonga DJ: Neo Brisa
NEOlonga Music: Modern Tango, Nuevo Tango, Tango Extranjero, Tango Fusion, Electrotango, …maybe non tango – all that mixed with 30% of Traditional Tango
NEOlonga Location: Ultimate Tango School of Dance, 5 High Street, basement, Medford, MA 02155
NEOlonga Cost: Same as always. $14 Class and Milonga, $12 Class or Milonga.
If you wish to pay CC please SIGN UP online for Tango nuevo class (7pm) and NEOlonga IDEAL on SUNDAY April 1st, 8:00pm – 1:00am @ Ultimate Tango School of Dance. Cash or check only at the door.
On our leisurely Sunday evenings of Milonga Ideal with friends and friends of friends often appears subject of Alternative Milonga / Alternative Tango Music…
The other subject that keeps coming back is the idea of organizing something funny and different like a …. Pajama Tango Party. However Tango codigos do not take easily changes of the dress code. One shall be dressed elegantly for the Milonga.
Using the opportunity that this year April 1st known as Fool’s Day falls on Sunday we are proud to present Ultimate Tango answer to both requests: NEOlonga Ideal.
I was going to write the lengthy explanation of what is Alternative Milonga, what is Neolonga and what are our views on both when I came to this wonderfully thorough article that I’m summarizing and paraphrasing below. If you manage to read it till the end please understand that we are not against one or the other, though we believe that before doing or supporting anything one shall have some basic understanding about it and then… just go for it.
If you’d like to read directly from the source and in more details please click here: https://tangovoice.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/the-alternative-milonga-neolonga-the-social-environment-for-dancing-to-tango-alternative-music/
The birth of Tango Alternative music as a preferred environment for the employment of movements associated with tango dancing quite clearly has its origins at the time of release of Gotan Project’s electrotango ‘La Revancha del Tango’ CD in 2001. The association of hip hop / techno / trance / house musical elements with musical instrumentation including a bandoneon, an instrument associated almost exclusively with tango, as well as verbal references to ‘tango’ and ‘Buenos Aires’ created what would soon become a new genre of music labeled as ‘electrotango’.
The music of Gotan Project immediately became popular for dancing at events advertised as ‘milongas’ outside Argentina, most notably in North America and Europe. Gotan Project, Paris based ensemble, and its commercial success soon stimulated Argentine progeny within this musical genre, the most notable of which have been Tanghetto, Bajofondo, Carlos Libedinsky, Jaime Wilensky and Otros Aires.
The elegant simplicity of this argument is demonstrated by comparison with other dances. Can a dance be called a ‘waltz’ if the 1-2-3 rhythm of waltz is not present? Can contra dance be danced to the music of Erik Satie? Can salsa be danced to the music of James Taylor? To answer ‘yes’ to these questions would bring deserved ridicule from members of the ballroom dance, contra dance, and salsa dance communities.
Nevertheless, executing steps associated with tango dancing with the music of Tom Waits playing in the background is lauded as ‘experimentation’ and ‘creativity’. The tango dance cannot be separated from tango music. If the music is not tango, the dance is not tango. It is as simple as that. When viewed within this logical structure, the assertion that tango can be danced to non-tango music is inherently and blatantly absurd.
However, even the inclusion of the term ‘milonga’ within the same phrase as the term ‘alternative’ provides some legitimacy to such an event as being representative of Argentine Tango culture, whereas in fact there is gross misrepresentation. Thus, different terminology would be appropriate for labeling such events. ‘Neolonga’ is a preferred alternative to ‘alternative milonga’ when the non-tango music is played in place or in addition to Tango music.