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The Rui Cunha Foundation Gallery opens the door on Thursday evening, November 21st at 7:00 pm, to invite everyone to a Tango Workshop beginners’ class, incorporated on the Latin American Culture Festival 2019calendar.

Similar to last year, the organization is eager to revisit the success of 2018’s edition with a house full of people enjoying the spirit of the dance. Led by Professor João Fonseca, a Tango practitioner and instructor for over a decade, the class will focus on learning the basic movements of this traditional and powerful dance that emerged from 1850 at the La Plata River Basin, which borders Argentina and Uruguay.

Acknowledged by UNESCO in 2009 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Tango erupted in the mid-nineteenth century in South America, on the poor neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Sensual and emotional, Tango mixes the drama, the passion, the sexuality and the aggressiveness from the bandoneón’s notes and the proximity of the dancing pair. It descends from African slaves and European emigrants, combining influences and rhythms from many origins – from waltz to polka, from camdomblé to milonga – that were present in the bustle of ports and were part of the lives of brothels, bars, taverns and inns.

The Rui Cunha Foundation’s partnership with the Festival’s organization resulted this year in the screening of two films from Latin America – “From Here to China” from Argentina and “Baltazar Ushka, The Frozen Time” from Ecuador – on November 8th and 15th, and this Tango Wokshop on November 21st. The 2019 edition is a courtesy from the Macao Association for the Promotion of Exchange between Asia-Pacific and Latin America (MAPEAL) and the Consulate General of Argentine in Hong Kong.

Registration is free on the platform: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4J83BTprzkTnQVTFSyCn7YL9rENlUMCgmQGOobaAA1ADt0g/closedform, up to 30 people. An informal tasting event of South American wine brands will be happening during the workshop class.