Cinematheque: Tango Negro with Laurie Vega

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: MC 2.410
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Tango Negro, The African Roots of Tango by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro explores the expression of Tango's Africanness and the contribution of African cultures in the creation of the tango. Tango was a reflection of the social life of the slaves that were taken to South America - including Argentina and Uruguay - mostly from central Africa, particularly from the former Kongo Kingdom. Director Dom Pedro reveals the depth of the footprints of the African music on the tango, through this rich movie combining musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Caceres.

Laurie Vega

Laurie Vega began learning Argentine style tango in 1997 under local instruction. In 1998, she co-founded the non-profit Tango Argentino of Dallas (T.A.D.) and served on its board for over two years. On occasion, she organizes workshops and guest author lectures, hosts La Mariposa Milonga, a monthly tango party, teaches weekly, and spins as a tango djay to traditional, alternative and themed music.  She has taught in all of T.A.D.'s Tangothons and in Mexico. In addition, she has acted as a tango media consultant.  She also lectures on the African roots of tango and has been an invited speaker by the City of Dallas and the MENSA society.  Since 2000, she has performed with and choreographed tangos for professional theater and dance groups (the first Texan and Dallasite to do so), charity groups, entertainment companies, major corporations, cultural festivals, weddings, private parties, conferences, country clubs and the State Fair of Texas. She has performed on stages at The Majestic, Teatro Dallas, Latino Cultural Center, Anatole, and various dance halls/ restaurants.

A devoted student of Argentine tango, Laurie has taken numerous workshops and private lessons with Juan Carlos and Johanna Copes, Osvaldo Zotto and Lorena Ermocida, Diego di Falco and Carlolina Zokalski, Guillermo Merlo and Fernanda Ghi, Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, Fabian Salas and Carolina del Rivero, Facundo and Kelly Posadas, Nito and Elba Garcia, Luciana Valle and Alex Krebs, Miguel Zotto, Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa and many others. Since 2001, she has studied intensively with world class tango dancers, internationally acclaimed, world touring "Forever Tango" show dancers, and revolutionary/experimental Buenos Aires milongueros (social dance hall tango enthusiasts).  

Laurie's focus on dancing is on technique, elegance, musicality and improvisation. She has been complemented for her embellishments and precise foot work, her smoothness and finesse, her "feather" lightness, her torque and flexibility, and her dramatic, creative choreographies. She has been described as a highly interpretative, emotional dancer with a good ear.  As a trainer, she has been noted in Dallas and critiqued in Buenos Aires as "excellent" and "phenomenal." As a teacher, her goal is to inspire others to discover the passion for something ... the joy of tango, to transcend physical barriers and become beautiful forms of movement meshed with music, to find a universe of human expression in life itself.


Partnership with Multicultural Center and Sigma Lambda Gamma in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Cosponsored by Meteor Theater, each evening features a different independent film followed by a short question and answer session with members of the film industry. 

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