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Shall We Tango NYC is the first citywide festival of world-class Argentine tango events in music, dance, film, theater and art.
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Shall We Tango NYC is a citywide international tango festival from October 7-15, 2014.  Shall We Tango NYC was conceived as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Pan American Musical Art Research, Inc (PAMAR).  Shall We Tango NYC brings together tango music, dance, art, film and theater in venues throughout New York City and artists from around the world.  

We are asking for your support to help us raise $10,000. Your support for this festival will allow us to pay our artists- many of whom will be traveling from outside the United States, book the venues and theaters in New York City and pay for all the production costs that a world-class festival requires from stage crews and lightening technicians to marketing and advertising. Your support will also help us continue to promote the missions of PAMAR and the SHALL WE TANGO NYC festival.

We are extremely excited and passionate about this festival and below you will find an outline of all of the events, a schedule of the events and learn more about our artists and participants.  At whatever level you are able to lend your support, you will be recognized as one our tango ambassadors, your place in the global Argentine tango community secured.

 

The Festival Directors

General Director Polly Ferman has been involved in planning culture events in New York City for over 30 years.  A native of Uruguay and a concert pianist, Polly has also produced The Latin American Culture Week now in its 9th year as well as the multi-media women's tango show, GlamourTango.  Dance Director Karina Romero, a native of Argentina, is the executive director of Dardo Galletto Studios in New York City and is an important organizer who has brought to the United States some of the best dancers from Argentina to teach and perform.  Musical Director Daniel Binelli is a master bandoneon player and composer who has performed with some of the most important tango orchestras including Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla.  He has also been the musical director for many important tango shows including "Tango X2".

Festival Directors from left to right: General Director, Polly Ferman; Dance Director, Karina Romero; Musical Director, Daniel Binelli
Festival Directors from left to right: General Director, Polly Ferman; Dance Director, Karina Romero; Musical Director, Daniel Binelli

The Artists

We are excited to welcome a number of special artists to the festival including the legendary tango master Facundo Posadas and his partner Ching Ping de Posadas along with master dancers Leandro Oliver & Laila Rezk.  These couples are two of the best in the world of Argentine tango and they have collectively spent more than 75 years performing and teaching tango.

Guest Artists from Left to Right: Facundo Posadas & Ching Ping de Posadas; Leandro Oliver & Laila Rezk
Guest Artists from Left to Right: Facundo Posadas & Ching Ping de Posadas; Leandro Oliver & Laila Rezk

 We also welcome New York City based dancers and teachers who are well respected and loved in the tango community.  We welcome dancer, choreographer and director Dardo Galletto, dancer and teacher Mariana Galassi, dancer, teacher and choreography Mariana Parma and Dardo Galletto's New Generation Dance Company.

Dancers from Left to Right: Dardo Galletto & Karina Romero, Mariana Galassi, Mariana Parma, New Generation Dance Company
Dancers from Left to Right: Dardo Galletto & Karina Romero, Mariana Galassi, Mariana Parma, New Generation Dance Company

 Our musical guests include the great Daniel Binelli, the Colombian Quintento Leopoldo Frederico, Venezuelan violinist Eddy Marcano and Polly Ferman's GlamourTango.

The Musicians from Left to Right: Daniel Binelli, Quintento Tango Leopoldo Federico, Eddy Marcano, GlamourTango
The Musicians from Left to Right: Daniel Binelli, Quintento Tango Leopoldo Federico, Eddy Marcano, GlamourTango

Festival Highlights

For a full schedule of events, visit here!

Hommage to Anibal Troilo at The Symphony Space, NYC

What would an international tango festival be without recognizing one of the great personalities of Argentine tango? In celebration of the centennial birthday of one of tango’s greatest composers and bandoneon players, Anibal “Pichuco” Troilo, the festival kicks-off with a special concert in his honor. The concert will feature internationally recognized musicians Daniel Binelli (bandoneon), Polly Ferman (piano) and the Quinteto Leopoldo Tango Federico along with dancers Dardo Galletto and Karina Romero.

Listen to Anibal Troilo’s Responso with Daniel Binelli- bandoneon, Polly Ferman- piano and the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, conducted by German Gutierrez

Tango Film Festival, NYC

From the music to his life, we will present the film “Los Guardianes Del Angel, Pichuco” a documentary style film honoring the great Anibal Troilo.

In tribute to the greatest bandoneon player of Buenos Aires, the film recreates the story of Troilo’s life. “There is no old or new tango. Tango is one and only difference is those who do it well and those who do it poorly," Troilo once said.Through reenactments and musical and dance sequences, the film takes shape through anecdotes, poems and interviews with his friends. We see the likes of Raúl Garello, Horacio Ferrer, Osvaldo Piro, Tito Reyes, Juan Carlos Copes and Julio Bocca who all describe their relationship with this great man.

Tango Jam Sessions at Whynot Coffee & Wine Art Gallery

Dance Classes at Dardo Galletto Studios

Step into the the studio and begin your dance! Whether this is your first class or you are an experienced dancer, we welcome all students.With some of New York City’s finest teachers, you will have the opportunity to learn tango technique, sequences and musicality.

Meet & Talk with the Artists at Dardo Galletto Studios

Daniel Binelli & Polly Ferman, Facundo Posadas & Ching Ping de Posadas, Leandro Oliver & Laila Rezk


Milongas & Practicas 

Tango Gala and Milonga, 92nd Street Y, NYC

The Gala Show Features Polly Ferman’s GlamourTango - a multimedia music and dance with Sofia Tosello (singer), Ina Paris (violin), Shinjoo Choo (bandoneón), Iris Ornig (double bass), Polly Ferman (paino) and dancers Mariana Parma, Mariana Galassi, Ana Padron, and Karina Romero, Daniel Binelli, internationally renowned master of the bandoneon, composer, arranger and music director, Dardo Galletto - director of New Generation Company, choreographer and dancer, Facundo Posadas & Ching Ping de Posadas - legendary tango masters, and Tango Masters Leandro Oliver & Laila Rezk

Concert: ¡Viva Piazzolla! Concert NYC

We close the 7-day festival with ¡Viva Piazzolla! a musical tribute to Astor Piazzolla who was not only a student of Anbial Troilo’s but as a composer contributed to the tango style by incorporating elements of classical music and jazz. Renowned international violinist Eddy Marcano, along with his musical ensemble, will recreate the passion and feeling of world music legend Astor Piazzolla. The ensemble features Eddy Marcano, director & violinist, David Peña, double bass & guitar, José Pepe Saglimbeni, accordion & violinist, Yilmer Vivas, percussionist, Manuel Rangel, maracas & guitarist, Dino Dinelli, pianist  and Special guest, Karlo Flores, violinist & conductor


The artists and composers of the 2014 SHALL WE TANGO NYC festival. Click through to learn more about these amazing artists!
The artists and composers of the 2014 SHALL WE TANGO NYC festival. Click through to learn more about these amazing artists!

Risks and challenges

With any festival there are challenges and one challenge we anticipate we will face is making this festival a success. How do we make it a success? By organizing this campaign, we've already addressed one of our challenges, which is to raise enough money to make the festival of our dreams. This festival also relies on the physical talents of many people from the dancers to the musicians, actors and artists. There is always the risk that we may lose a performer due to injury or to illness. We also have many artists who will be traveling from abroad and there can sometimes arise securing visas in time for these artists to legally enter the United States. As we have been planning this festival for many months now, we have tried to give our artists enough time to organize their visas in time for the festival.

Like any live event, the program is subject to change. However, we are very lucky to be hosting this festival in New York City, which also gives us the flexibility to make changes to the program and venues without losing the quality of our performers or performance spaces.

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    ROUND OF APPLAUSE: To show our appreciation for your support, we will give a round of applause in your honor at the SHALL WE TANGO Gala Show & Milonga!

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    ABRAZO: For a $20 contribution, we will print your name in our programs and you will also earn one (1) ticket to the Meet & Talk with the Artists/Festival Opening Milonga on Friday, October 10.

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    GRACIAS: All of the rewards above plus a digital ABRAZO from Founder Polly Ferman and the SHALL WE TANGO Team accompanied by a digital copy of the SHALL WE TANGO poster.

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    MUCHAS GRACIAS: All of the rewards above plus one (1) digital CD from Polly Ferman & Daniel Binelli’s musical collection and one (1) SHALL WE TANGO Opening Concert ticket: Homage To Anibal Troilo’s Centenary Celebration

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    TANGO AMBASSADOR: All of the rewards above plus two (2) tickets to the Festival Gala and Milonga and your name listed on the SHALL WE TANGO website

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    GRAN ABRAZO: SHALL WE TANGO FOR 2! For your support you will receive one (1) digital CD from the Polly Ferman & Daniel Binelli's musical collection, two (2) SHALL WE TANGO Gala Show and Milonga, two (2) SHALL WE TANGO Opening concert, one (1) two (2) class SHALL WE TANGO festival dance class package and your name listed on the SHALL WE TANGO website

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    MAS FUERTE ABRAZO: Your dedication to SHALL WE TANGO is rewarded with one (1) digital CD from the Polly Ferman & Daniel Binelli's musical collection, one (1) All Access Festival Pass (includes all milongas, practicas, concerts, film screenings, performances and dance classes), one (1) Introductory music lesson with Polly Ferman (Piano) or Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon) OR private tango lesson with Karina Romero and your name listed on the SHALL WE TANGO website.

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    GRACIAS MIL: Our 1000 thanks includes one (1) digital CD from the Polly Ferman & Daniel Binelli's musical collection, two (2) All Access Festival Pass (includes all milongas, practicas, concerts, film screenings, performances and dance classes), two (2) Introductory music lesson with Polly Ferman (Piano) or Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon) OR private tango lesson with Karina Romero, your name in the “Maestro Tanguero” section of on the SHALL WE TANGO website.

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    UN MILLON DE GRACIAS: How do we thank you a million times? All of the rewards above plus a special mention of your name in the opening and closing events of SHALL WE TANGO and listing on the “Tango Angel” category of the Ambassador’s page, 10-hour of your foreign language course of preference at Rennert International School [Classes meet for 2 hours, during the course of 5 weeks] and 10 day apartment rental in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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    MAESTROS GRACIAS: Our thank you from the masters includes all the rewards above plus one (1) round-trip airfare from New York, NY, USA to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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