Catherine Angel Photography  
 
 
 
 
The Embrace of Tango

 

The Embrace of Tango

I began this work in the early morning hours at the milongas (the tango dance halls) of Buenos Aires in September 2006. I had gone to Argentina to dance tango, to find my soul - if you will. Who was I? What was this mysterious dance that has a hold of my heart like a bewitching lover? To go to the source of this dance: Buenos Aires. To go to the source of myself, to find my truth. This dance does not lie. I am how I dance tango. Tango as a mirror, tango as life.

A sense of strength and solitude, of completeness, comes over me at three or four in the morning as I sit and watch the dancers move past me. I have been there since midnight dancing; my legs are tired, my head is clear, my heart calm, my body drained. The milonga is starting to thin out and the people who stay are the ones who cannot leave. They need to stay a little longer, they need to dance this dance of tango, seduced by the music and the movement of others. I watch and I photograph the couples dancing, the emotions of their embrace, the enchantment, the secrets, memories that stay dear to the heart, this quest for equilibrium of self when joined with another. These photos are my response to the music of tango, the embrace of two people, the simple beauty of communication without words. They hold hands, they listen to the music together, they move as one. This is the embrace of tango that holds me.