Photographer's Note

July 1st, 2011
Montpellier 340172 34000
Hrault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.600 3.883 25 m

The lovers of the tango, Montpellier

One view.
Another view.

February 14th, the Valentine's day, is the celebration of the lovers, and why not, of the lovers of the Argentine tango.

The partners share the emotion and the dance of the Argentine tango, on the esplanade of Montpelier, in a night, outdoor milonga.

Musical genre and social dance, the argentine tango is a passion. The argentine tango is to be distinguished of the ballroom tango.

Social dance, the argentine tango is a single relation between the dancers couples and the music, a short and intense relation of dancers couple, the time of a tenda. Everyone perceives passion nature and the erotism of the argentinian tango, but one perceives less his violent side, relative.

If one is sensitive to the bewitchment of this music, the grace and the aestheticism of the dancers, the charm of elegance and the codes, with the seduction of the leg movements, the fascination of the technique of this dance, one cannot come out unscathed from such a relation with this world. The virus of the tango is contagious and tough.

The argentine tango for ballroom is more sober and is reserved more than the tango of spectacle, but it can be quite as beautiful and captivating, on a beautiful music, single and always nostalgic.
The argentine tango is a virus which does not release you any more since it penetrated you. Young people, and less young, impassion themselves for the argentinian tango and instigate it in particular in France where it develops and especially in the south.

A milonga is the place where the argentinian tango is danced. The milonga is also a dance, former to the argentinian tango.
The musical programming is done by alternating the tendas, of the series of 3 or 4 argentine tangos, or argentinian vals, or Une milonga, which is the three rhythms of the argentine tango in the broad sense. The tendas are separated by a short musical, not danced sequence, different from the tango, the cortina. During the cortina, the dance floor empties, the partners part, the dancers and the dancers look around for the next tenda. Secrets and codes of the argentine milongas.

The tango was defined like a sad thought which is danced. (Ernest Sabato, Argentinian writer of Italian and Albanian origin born in Rojas, in the province of Buenos Aires on June 24th, 1911.)
The tango is a social dance, of more or less clear origin, popular and coming from dregs, danced at the origin in Argentina and Uruguay which exists now in various forms, for ballrooms and codified, or adapted to various cultures. The tango is a culture.
The argentine tango is regarded as the authentic tango.

UNESCO, United Nations Organization for Education, Science and the Culture, registered the tango on the list representative of the immaterial cultural heritage of humanity, UNESCO Press Release n 2009- 105 01-10-2009 .
"It is practised in the traditional dance halls of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, spreading the spirit of its community across the globe even as it adapts to new environments and changing times."

El Tango es el Tango, the tango is the tango.
El Tango es una Historia, the tango is a history.

MONTPELLIER is a french commune, and the chief town of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 257 092 Montpellirains en 2010, distributed on 56.9 km, is 4518.3 hab/km.

It is in 985, in a donation of the county of Melgueil, that appears for the first time the name of Montpellier.

History of Montpellier.

Discover Montpellier.

The 31 municipalities of Montpellier Agglomration gather 412070 inhabitants, in 2012.
Montpelier welcomes every month 1 000 newcomers and became the 8th city of France.

According to the definition which gives the INSEE, (National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies), the urban area of Montpelier consists of 93 municipalities, situated in the Gard and the Hrault. In 2007 it possessed 514 473 inhabitants what made it the 15th urban area of France. The urban area includes all the municipalities, among which at least 40% of active persons work in Montpelier, that is 74 municipalities.
In 2015, according to the projections established by the Insee, urban area of Montpelier should count more than 600 000 inhabitants.

Languedoc-Roussillon erea contains five departments: the Aude, the Gard, the Hrault, the Lozre and the Pyrnes-Orientales. It has for administrative center Montpelier, which is also administrative center of the Hrault. The region knows the strongest population growth of France, and could count up to 3 300 000 inhabitants in 2030, is an increase of 36% with regard to 2000.

The climate of Montpelier is a Mediterranean climate.
Contrary to a wide-spread idea, it is not less raining in Montpelier than in Brest, but the precipitation are much more concentrated.

My images of Montpellier.

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