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Sun, 16 Feb


Colours Hoxton

The nightlife of Queer Tango

A QTL milonga showcasing the history of after-dark same-sex tango dancing

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The nightlife of Queer Tango
The nightlife of Queer Tango

Time & Location

16 Feb 2020, 13:00 – 17:00

Colours Hoxton, 2-4 Hoxton Square, Hackney, London N1 6NU, UK


About The Event

Queer things can happen after dark…  Queer Tango London invites you to dance with us for a special LGBT History Month Milonga at Colours in Hoxton.  

Tango has always been a bit queer (even before “queer”) but how much more so, after dark and out of sight? From the beginning, women would dance tango with each other in the brothels of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Research shows they did so for their own amusement, and not, as has so often been claimed, solely for the entertainment of straight punters. That branch of the sex industry supported its quota of gay men who also danced together, but same sex dancing was not confined to those we might think of as queer. All male prácticas were famously commonplaces during tango’s “Golden Age” in those cities. Elsewhere in the world, same sex dancing after dark featured among countless societies where opposite sex partners were in short supply, not least, in the military.

So, in the manner of the bars and night clubs of Buenos Aires or Montevideo, London or Paris, or the Berlin of Weimar Germany, join us for a queer celebration of after dark, same-sex tango, where you can dance to authentic, atmospheric music of those times and places specially chosen by our QTL DJs, Tom Cottle and Claudio Tedesco.  This dancing will be interspersed with short informative talks on he history of same sex dancing across the globe by Dr Ray Batchelor.


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