Soca, calypso, dancehall, salsa, merengue, cha cha, and many other Latin Rhythms have a history at Crop Over festival. But tango, the sensual dance from Argentina, was an unknown artistic expression for Barbadian revellers.
The evening before Kadooment, the Crop Over public experienced their first Tango performance at the main stage of Bridgetown Market.
Victoria Crisci and Rodrigo Malpezzi, a world-class duo of dancers, flew all the way from Buenos Aires City invited by the Embassy of Argentina and the National Cultural Foundation to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The crowded Bridgetown Market was the perfect setting for the cultural exchange. Hundreds of families flocked to the stage to enjoy an evening of international food, beverages and art. The opening was as spontaneous as it was surprising: a charismatic and beaming Adrian Forde, Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment, dominated the stage by exhibiting his cha cha free-style abilities with Victoria, his beautiful Argentine dancing partner. Right from the beginning, they set the scene for the rest of the Latin frenzy.
Then it was tango time. The Argentine professionals delighted the Barbadian audience with the sophisticated and exotic movements involved in their traditional dance. Firstly, they performed Libertango, the well-known piece by Astor Piazzolla, and culminated the international party with two iconic songs, Adios Nonino and Tanguera.
In an informal conversation with the press at the “Wine & Beef” stall decorated with numerous Argentine flags, set up by the Embassy and Clifton Meats, Gustavo M. Pandiani, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to Barbados, expressed his enthusiasm and pride by saying “I´m so happy that for the first time in history, Tango has been part of Crop Over. I thank the NCF for partnering up with us to make this dream come true. Now, I´m working on taking soca to Buenos Aires. That is my new challenge. I can´t wait.” (PR)