If you’re a lover of the Tango, then the Argentina “Tango” Pavilion is the place for you.
Under the direction of 10-year veteran master of ceremonies Vince Gabriele, the visitors are kept amused and informed in between songs and dances.
The first singer is the beautiful Cami Almosnino, who’s rendition of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina is very moving.
She is followed by Jorge Krapirca who sings an amusing song in Spanish Balada Para Un Loco (Madness Ballad).
The local talented Southern Heritage Band provide the instrumentation for both the singers and dancers.
The highlight is the Tango and Malambo danced by Compania Sol Sureno – Agustina Jauregui, Daniel Cofre, Andrea Gomez and Yago Gomez. They came in all the way from Buenos Aires to perform. These professional dancers are indeed a delight to watch.
The Tango they dance is steamy and sensuous with a bit of a modern twist. Look for the classic leg “gancho” (where the dancer swiftly hooks their leg around their partners leg then straightens it back) as well as some ballet-like movements.
Equally tantalizing is the Malambo, where the two gentlemen perform with the boleadoras (hunting lasso with stones on the ends). The stomping beat sound of their boots (zapateo) and the stones hitting the floor really gets you in the mood for some of your own foot stomping! The only complaint I have is that during their performance the music slightly overpowers the sound of their rhythmic stomping.
The food is delicious, especially the empanada (three types – beef, chicken or spinach). You must try the Alfajores – shortbread cookies with Dulce de Leche, a creamy filling made from milk and sugar slowly heated until the sugar caramelizes. They also carry imported Argentine beers and wines.
The one thing lacking is a cultural display. They do have a room with some beautiful paintings by Argentine artists, however, that is the extent of it.
The first European settlers to Argentina were Spanish who arrived in 1502 and 1526. Spanish is now the language spoken dominantly.
The Argentina “Tango” Pavilion is located at the Centro Caboto Centre at 1055 Wilkes Avenue.