Shall we dance? Argentine Tango at the Palais Garnier in Paris
|Argentine Tango dancers on the terrace of the Palais Garnier.|
One of the things that I'm enjoying the most about living in Paris is that I'll hear whispers about something - an organization that gives free massages, a fantastic restaurant that serves authentic Northern Indian food, or couples dancing on the banks of the Seine - and try to track it down. It's a bit like a treasure hunt, where one clue occasionally leads to another one that finally helps me to solve the puzzle.
But what's even better is when the riddle unexpectedly answers itself, like it did when the Argentine Tango dancers magically appeared on the terrace of the Opera Garnier last week. In one of those Parisian moments that I love, Stephane and I turned the corner and saw them, high heeled women with their arms seductively wrapped around their partners.
To a non-dancer like myself, it appeared as if all of the couples moved with an enviable grace, although one in particular captured my attention. At first they seemed to be a mismatched odd couple, for she was taller and younger, while he was shorter, older and not as attractive. But the synergy of the two was sheer magic.
If you would like to have your own special Parisian moment, walk past the Opera Garnier on a Sunday afternoon around 5:00 pm. and perhaps the Argentine Tango dancers will be there, locked in a passionate embrace.
Shall We Dance, an award winning Japanese film that was remade into a movie with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, is a fun movie to watch on a hot summer day (or on a rainy evening if you're currently in Paris!).
Update: After writing this blog post, I was contacted by Sacha, the man who organized this magical event. His website, Milonga Ophelia, is a wonderful resource for Argentine Tango Enthusiasts. Click here if you would like to see a video of the Argentine Tango at the Palais Garnier.