Dinner and Tango Show at El Viejo Almacen Tango House
Buenos Aires, Argentina
- El Viejo Almacen: Enjoy a sumptuous dinner with fine Argentine wine and drinks at the "old warehouse" a revered tango house known as the Temple of Tango.
- Music: A live orchestra performs tango's unique mix of culture styles, with melodic rhythms you can hear and feel through the genre's primary instrument, the bandoneon.
- Dancing: Talented performers in traditional attire showcase the sultry tango moves andndash; a true poetry in motion, with roots in European and African dance styles.
About this Buenos Aires tour
Tango, they say, is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire. You'd never guess that this passionate dance actually developed in impoverished parts of Buenos Aires because of a shortage of women in the late 1800s.
The tango culture developed in the part of the city today known as La Boca. This barrio is where many African and European immigrants, mostly male, settled when they arrived in Buenos Aires looking for work. Social mores dictated that there were only two ways to get close to a woman: Visit a brothel or dance the tango. Men who sought the companionship of the respectable female population (highly limited at the time) opted for the latter.
It's no surprise that Argentina's wealthy looked down their noses at the poor immigrant classes who danced the scandalous, sexually charged tango. Nor did the dance receive a warm welcome in Europe when it crossed the Atlantic in the late 1800s. Religious leaders raged about the inappropriate intimacy of the dancers and the immorality of spectators. In a rare consensus, the Pope and heads of state of Germany, Italy, and England agreed: The tango was depraved and morally reprehensible.
The stigma remained until President Juan Peron became a fan in the late 1940s, allowing the city's wealthy elite to partake in the dance's sensual pleasures. This tour allows you to experience those pleasures in a show featuring some of the world's most accomplished tango dancers. And a visit to Buenos Aires without experiencing the tango would be ... well, reprehensible.
The Argentine tango is one of the last bastions of traditional gender roles in Western civilization. It's not simply about leading and following. It's an elaborate display of masculinity and femininity that shows how the two complement each other: He, strong and protective, She, seductive and intuitive. Funny how a dance that was once deemed too risque is now both timeless and old-fashioned.
Please proceed to the pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying in a hotel? Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel (if confirmed prior with the GoBe Crew). Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Minimal walking is involved, requiring to get in and out of the restaurant. This tour is wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Food and Wine, Music Event, Night Life
Beverages - 2 drinks of either Non-Alcoholic or Beer and Wine
English, German, Spanish, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 12 years and older. If you are under 18 years of age, you won't be able to drink wine. 18 is the legal drinking age in Buenos Aires. Bring ID to prove your age if asked.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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