Photo: Vima newspaper
Milonga nights in Athens are filled with passion, dances and emotions. Milonga are known as places or clubs where tango is danced. For 34-year-old lawyer Yula Deli tango is her personal "refuge" and twice a week around midnight she gives herself to the rhythms of the dance. Yula dances in different milonga in Athens - close to the Acropolis, next to the central market Varvakio or in other spots around the city center.
This year is the most visited milonga is on Koumoundourou Square, which collects avid fans of these dances every Friday. The neighborhood around the square does not have good fame in the capital because of increased crime, but according to Yula this is no reason not to go to the milonga, but on the contrary - that slight touch of danger she says that she likes and it adds to her idea of tango.
Yula says that in order for a night to be successful the most important thing is for the music and the floor to be good and of course it depends on the people who will gather. "This atmosphere does not remain permanently in the same place but it transfers. Sometimes it can be felt in a given place for several months and then it can be felt elsewhere. And so places where people gather to dance form…" says the 34-year-old lawyer. She said that ten years ago when she started to dance tango in Athens, the people who liked this dance were about 70-80 who knew each other.
"When I went for the first time in a school, I saw a couple from Argentina to dance and this enchanted me. It was love at first sight. But what made me dance was exciting sound bandoneón... Tango helps me relax, express myself and socialize. I would personally offer it as a kind of psychotherapy. Not only for a person individually, but for couples as well..." Yula added in an interview for Vima newspaper.
Milonga in Athens
Every Saturday night in Stoa of the book
Every Tuesday in Αrtower (10 Armodiou Str, Varvakio market)
Every Thursday evening in Βaile de Βarrio (52Α Konstandinupoleos Str, Keramikos)
Every Wednesday and Sunday in 365 Tango Cafe Βar (2 Porinou Str, next to "Acropolis" subway stop)
From May 6 to 11 in the Palate of Music in Athens and from May 14 to 19 in the Palate of Music in Thessaloniki you can see the show "Τanguera", which is under the auspices of the Argentine Embassy in Greece.
The story of Τanguera tells about Boca in the early 20th century - a notorious neighborhood of the port of Buenos Aires. This is where tango was born, which is at the same time a refuge for thousands of immigrants seeking a place under the sun. There the law of the underworld applies and love is a service paid for.
The young Frenchwoman Giselle arrives in Argentina after being destroyed emotionally from breached promise of marriage. In an attempt to survive, she founds a job as a tanguera in a cabaret. Pimp Gaudentsio begins to exploit her and courageous Lorenzo, who works at the port, falls in love with her. This love triangle is develops in a duel ...
All this happens in the musical "Τanguera", which is the first tango musical in the history of tango, which departs from Argentina and around the world, and in May it arrives in Athens. 30 dancers participate in the show, which tells the story of a fervent love. The famous dancer and choreographer from Argentina Mora Godoy receives an award for the choreography of the musical.