The Origins of Anything

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The Origins of Anything

  1. 1. At first I wanted to figure out who are the people dancing Argentine tango in Malmö. It turned out the “typical” person is academic and without children or whose children have left home. Little women between 32-40 years are to find on the floor, while men keep dancing even at this age. Most of the dancers are Swedish, minorities are Argentine and Chilean dancers - very roughly put.
  2. 2. There is a slight leaning towards the next bigger city in the region while going to dance. An estimation was made that 30-40% of dancers in Malmö on a regular milonga are from Lund and 20% of dancers in Copenhagen from Malmö. Copenhagen dancers travel less towards Malmö but find the festival worth the journey.
  3. 3. There are thousands of those curious academia people who have been across Argentine tango in Malmö since the late 1980’s when it arrived there. Several hundred dance on a monthly basis. However, it would be strange to claim that Malmö would therefore be more Argentinean, as if Argentina had eaten itself inside the city or down through the ground of it. Or, that the tango as such still would be Argentinean. Is it rather a Scandinavian tango they dance in Malmö?
  4. 4. Argentine tango is folkekultur - that of the cosmopolitan high-educated Europeans or the workers of Buenos Aires, to say it with clichés - and belongs to everyone. It evolves, like any culture evolves, in all imaginable directions through its performers. And by that evolution, it stays alive.

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