Yiddish tango, the musical genre that packs crowds into the stately courtyard of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, is a musical hybrid spanning continents.
Fierce competition at the world’s largest annual tango festival in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. The two-week long festival includes more than 500 free dance lessons, concerts and recitals and the championship.
In Brenda Angiels’ “8cho” (pronounced “ocho”), the audience is transported to a smoky tango nightclub. The musicians on guitar, piano and accordion provide a steamy, fast-paced rhythm, while Viviana Finkelstein, a petite, blond bombshell, catches the eye of two competing suitors. The romantic drama of the scene looks familiar, but this tango is anything but ordinary. Attached to a bungee cord, Finkelstein is thrown from man to man high into the air — every spin, twist, and dip defying gravity and bringing new energy to this classic Argentine dance.