Silences in history. Silences by code. Silences of fear. We already know that Tango’s silences can be sublime and they can be devastating.
I drag the social scientist to the scene to enumerate the facts of the case, the mysterious force whose cycles of angst and redemption defy reckoning.
I’ve made an accompanying workbook to help us account for how tango affects our lives.
“I’ve been at the front of evolving tango controversy most of my dancer, DJ, and teaching career. This includes how we dance, what clothes we wear, the music we choose to dance to, gender and sexuality issues, or the codes of tango and the patriarchy behind it. Vio has a clear way of combining personal experience with thoughtful analysis that creates a road map for deeper understanding of the complexities of Argentine tango social dancing. With a very engaging style of writing it is both a scholarly dissertation and a page turner that will give the reader much needed contemporary insight.”
"In one section of Until Forever there is a bulleted list of Tango Values. I made a copy of this list and taped it to my refrigerator. Almost every day I glance at this list and am reminded of how dancing tango has influenced my worldview. Until Forever prompted me to look more deeply at how people learn to appreciate beauty and savor pleasure The political implications of the dance form became more clear. Indeed my capacity for thinking critically about social justice improved as a result of this book. The accompanying workbook helped me clarify what needs were being met and not being met via my tango community involvement. I feel more connected to the authentic sense of purpose and meaning that tango provides. Thank you, Vio for writing this book."
Those of us who have been inhabiting the world of tango for a prolonged time (in my case it’s been over 35 years) know that once you come into tango you can never leave.
This book is for us. It may also serve as an explanation of our passion and purpose, to those outside, revealing what it is that draws people from around the world to this culture.
Her writing is full of meaning, best understood if you have ever danced or played tango and tried to get to the essence of what you love about it. But the way is murky, full of intrigue. You keep searching, but you may never find it. It is not, as some people may say, that the search is the meaning of it all.
More than a great read, it’s a key to the universe of tango dancing, a portrait of an addiction, a passion and a purpose beyond self. Nowhere more clear, away from the dance floor, than in this book."
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