Humans of Tango

Reflections of a queer tango trailblazer

May 06, 2021 TangoMercurio Season 1 Episode 1
Humans of Tango
Reflections of a queer tango trailblazer
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Humans of Tango
Reflections of a queer tango trailblazer
May 06, 2021 Season 1 Episode 1
TangoMercurio

“Queer was the possibility actually to be more open, not to have the fixed, standard situation...”

In 2019, Queer Tango pioneer Augusto La Marshall came to DC as a guest artist through Tango Mercurio's Queer Tango Program. In addition to teaching classes and workshops, Augusto graciously agreed to sit down at an informal brunch hosted by the DC Queer Tango Collective to answer all of the DC community’s burning questions. There was much coffee, OJ, and laughter, with the conversation meandering from the origins of tango to social codes to the future of queer tango.  Here, Queer Tango Program Manager Liz Sabatiuk shares highlights and reflections from that candid, thought-provoking event.

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Back in Buenos Aires, Augusto has been facing extraordinary hardship since his husband Gustavo had a stroke in December of 2020. After multiple complications and three months in intensive care, Gustavo still needs extensive therapy and Augusto is caring for him 24 hours a day.

Friends and fellow artists from the tango community organized a Virtual Queer Tango Festival to support Augusto and Gustavo, with all proceeds going toward direct support and rehabilitation expenses. The Festival is over, but you can still view the closing performances on Facebook and contribute what you can to the virtual hat!

If you'd like to support Augusto but can't make the Festival, you can also contribute to this GoFundMe.

Image Credit: Carlos Villamayor/Arte

Show Notes

“Queer was the possibility actually to be more open, not to have the fixed, standard situation...”

In 2019, Queer Tango pioneer Augusto La Marshall came to DC as a guest artist through Tango Mercurio's Queer Tango Program. In addition to teaching classes and workshops, Augusto graciously agreed to sit down at an informal brunch hosted by the DC Queer Tango Collective to answer all of the DC community’s burning questions. There was much coffee, OJ, and laughter, with the conversation meandering from the origins of tango to social codes to the future of queer tango.  Here, Queer Tango Program Manager Liz Sabatiuk shares highlights and reflections from that candid, thought-provoking event.

***
Back in Buenos Aires, Augusto has been facing extraordinary hardship since his husband Gustavo had a stroke in December of 2020. After multiple complications and three months in intensive care, Gustavo still needs extensive therapy and Augusto is caring for him 24 hours a day.

Friends and fellow artists from the tango community organized a Virtual Queer Tango Festival to support Augusto and Gustavo, with all proceeds going toward direct support and rehabilitation expenses. The Festival is over, but you can still view the closing performances on Facebook and contribute what you can to the virtual hat!

If you'd like to support Augusto but can't make the Festival, you can also contribute to this GoFundMe.

Image Credit: Carlos Villamayor/Arte