2017 Seoul Tango Festival - Maestros

Maestro Hernan & Eladia - Suri's Buenos Aires Report

Fatima Vitale y Javier Rodriguez

Javier has been touring extensively in Europe and Asia since 1988 and he is one of the most sought after dancers and teachers in international festivals and workshops. He is known not only for his elegance, precision and musicality, but also for his pedagogy, which came as a result of his passion and respect to the traditions of Argentine tango. In an interview in "La Milonga", Javier was referred to as a "young" old milonguero - a dancer with the heart of an old milonguero in a young person's body. Javier has been coming to Korea to teach since 2007 and he is an integral part of Seoul Tango Festival.

Fatima Vitale is formally-trained in classical ballet and other dance disicplines in the Institutio Universitario Nacional de Artes in Buenos Aires. She has studied with some of the best tango maestros such as Gabriel Missé, Osvaldo Zotto, Lorena Ermocida, Gabriel Angio, Natalia Games, Alejandra Armenti and Daniel Juarez. She dances both tango de salon and stage tango, and has worked in many of the great tango houses of Buenos Aires. She has also performed with these renowned dance companies: 'Tanguera', 'Deya vu', 'Tango Malambo', 'Bien de Tango', 'Corporation Tango' and 'Nada mas que malambo'. In 2007 she started touring the world, performing and teaching at international festivals in many countries across Asia, Europe and North and South America. Her main touring partner is the highly-recognized tango dancer Javier Rodriguez. Since 2015 she has established a second home in Berlin.

< Fatima y Javier performance at 2016 Seoul Tango Festival >

Virginia Gomez y Christian Marquez "Los Totis"

Christian and Virginia are a couple united by their passion for tango. They stand out for their strength, maturity, and distinct style of tango.

Their partnership began in 1996. They started training with renowned maestros and gained their first professional experience in 1997. Since then they have participated in many major national and international shows such as "Los tangos de la Cábala," "Piazzolla Tango, "Copes Tango Copes," and "O'Tango." In 2002 they started touring Europe and Asia for festivals and workshops.

They were the main couple featured in the music video "Diferente" by Gotan Project (2006). For two years in a row they participated in one of the most important tango festivals of Buenos Aires, CITA. They are currently dancers of the company "O'Tango" and "Corporacion Tango".

They give regular classes in Buenos Aires to transmit their knowledge to a new generation of tango dancers. Their dance is characterized by accuracy and quality of movement, with the goal of preserving the elegance and essence of pure tango.

< Performance by Los Totis at 2015 Seoul Tango Festival >

Eladia Cordoba y Hernan Alvarez Prieto

This year we are very excited to introduce a new couple of milongueros from Argentina. It is the first time they are visiting Asia.

Eladia had training in classical dance since childhood. The mark of a true milonguera, she learned tango by going to milongas in Buenos Aires. She let her tango mature over the years by dancing with the old milongueros and observing the old milongueras night after night. She has taught in El Beso and La Viruta, and partnered many great milongueros in exhibitions.

Hernan, similar to Eladia, is a well-versed milonguero. His tango is rooted in the Buenos Aires milongs. He studied with various important maestros of the older generation, and already has ample experiene performing and teaching both inside and outside of Argentina.

< Performance by Eladia y Hernan in Salon Canning, 2016 >

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< 2016 Seoul Tango Festival - After the performance by Marita y Jorge >

< 2016 Seoul Tango Festival - Final performance of the maestros >

< 2015 Seoul Tango Festival Grand Milonga - Los Totis >

< 2016 Seoul Tango Festival - The maestros enjoying a non-tango moment >