It’s nearly a week since I have experienced three magical and relaxed days of Tango dancing at the Frankfurt Tango Marathon 2018 and I can’t stop smiling.
Yes, you read it correctly. I am talking about the “dancing marathon” (nothing to do with a “running marathon” lol). Three days and three nights (plus after party) of dancing to the traditional Argentinian Tango music in the Frankfurt Instituto Cervantes venue. For all my non-tango friends this must sound like a crazy idea, locked in a 300 sqm wooden floor room with 250 other tango dancers from all over the word and just keep dancing…. crazy isn’t it? But trust me, for us Tango dancers, it’s a place in heaven.
TANGO MOMENTS... THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMBINE ANOTHER LOVE, TANGO AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY IS A DREAM FOR ME!
What I love the most about the Tango itself is the embrace , connection and dialog you develop with the partner. The dance becomes a conversation between a leader and follower! It’s all about sharing and experiencing this magical un-defined “Tango moment” while you are lost in the dance. Let’s not forget about the social aspect, catching up with old or meeting new friends between dancing. While I am not dancing or photographing, I just love watching other couples lost in the embrace, lost in the dance, lost in the Tango moment and music! Hence it should be no surprise to you all that the opportunity to combine Tango and photography is a dream for me!
My photography and Tango passion has been constantly evolving, re-developing and re-shaping for some time now! Despite having a recent “bumpy Tango journey” (complex foot injury , followed with 3 surgeries and few metal pieces and screws…). I had to take a little break from taking pictures of Tango events, Tango festivals and Tango marathons for some time…. but I am back now. The Frankfurt Tango Marathon (FTM, 4th edition) was a perfect choice for my first marathon of the year after a long recovery. It was indeed a truly emotional event for many personal and professional reasons…
FOR ME THE DANCE PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALL ABOUT CAPTURING THE PRESENCE OF THE DANCER, MYSTERY OF THE EMBRACE, EMOTIONS, EXPRESSIONS, FEELINGS, PASSION, MOVEMENTs...
Being part of the event as one of this year's official photographers, to portray emotions, expressions, feelings and movements, plus capturing the connections in the tiny moments that two people share together was indeed a great privilege. What I love the most about FTM (non-profit Tango marathon event) is how welcome and relaxed I felt during those three days. It was my 3rd time in Frankfurt and 3rd time as a photographer and social dancer and I am just about to book a flight to next year's edition (definitely not with Ryanair ;-)) . Why would you not?
It is a 100% guarantee to have the days and nights filled with new and old dancing friends, wonderful traditional Tango music, unforgettable warm embraces, delicious food, aperol spritz, unlimited coffee expresso & fresh orange juice, plus endless hugs and smiles. Let’s not forget about the organiser’s attention to detail which is always above and beyond, as well as the hospitality which is just first class! The amount of effort put into this event can’t be described. Massive THANK YOU to all the helpers, organisers, catering team, DJs and massage team, participants…!