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The lovers of the tango, Montpellier

The lovers of the tango, Montpellier
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-01
Categories: Festivals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSCHX100V
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/30 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Argentinian tango, tango argentin [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-14 1:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
July 1st, 2011
Montpellier 340172 34000
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.600 3.883 25 m

The lovers of the tango, Montpellier

One view.
Another view.

February 14th, the Valentine's day, is the celebration of the lovers, and why not, of the lovers of the Argentine tango.

The partners share the emotion and the dance of the Argentine tango, on the esplanade of Montpelier, in a night, outdoor milonga.

Musical genre and social dance, the argentine tango is a passion. The argentine tango is to be distinguished of the ballroom tango.

Social dance, the argentine tango is a single relation between the dancers couples and the music, a short and intense relation of dancers couple, the time of a tenda. Everyone perceives passion nature and the erotism of the argentinian tango, but one perceives less his violent side, relative.

If one is sensitive to the bewitchment of this music, the grace and the aestheticism of the dancers, the charm of elegance and the codes, with the seduction of the leg movements, the fascination of the technique of this dance, one cannot come out unscathed from such a relation with this world. The virus of the tango is contagious and tough.

The argentine tango for ballroom is more sober and is reserved more than the tango of spectacle, but it can be quite as beautiful and captivating, on a beautiful music, single and always nostalgic.
The argentine tango is a virus which does not release you any more since it penetrated you. Young people, and less young, impassion themselves for the argentinian tango and instigate it in particular in France where it develops and especially in the south.

A “milonga” is the place where the argentinian tango is danced. The milonga is also a dance, former to the argentinian tango.
The musical programming is done by alternating the “tendas”, of the series of 3 or 4 argentine tangos, or argentinian vals, or Une milonga, which is the three rhythms of the argentine tango in the broad sense. The tendas are separated by a short musical, not danced sequence, different from the tango, the cortina. During the cortina, the dance floor empties, the partners part, the dancers and the dancers look around for the next tenda. Secrets and codes of the argentine milongas.

The tango was defined like “a sad thought which is danced”. (Ernest Sabato, Argentinian writer of Italian and Albanian origin born in Rojas, in the province of Buenos Aires on June 24th, 1911.)
The tango is a social dance, of more or less clear origin, popular and coming from dregs, danced at the origin in Argentina and Uruguay which exists now in various forms, for ballrooms and codified, or adapted to various cultures. The tango is a culture.
The argentine tango is regarded as the authentic tango.

UNESCO, United Nations Organization for Education, Science and the Culture, registered the tango on the list representative of the immaterial cultural heritage of humanity, UNESCO Press Release nº 2009- 105 01-10-2009 .
"It is practised in the traditional dance halls of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, spreading the spirit of its community across the globe even as it adapts to new environments and changing times."

“El Tango es… el Tango”, the tango is… the tango.
“El Tango es una Historia”, the tango is a history.

MONTPELLIER is a french commune, and the chief town of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 257 092 Montpelliérains en 2010, distributed on 56.9 km², is 4518.3 hab/km².

It is in 985, in a donation of the county of Melgueil, that appears for the first time the name of Montpellier.

History of Montpellier.

Discover Montpellier.

The 31 municipalities of Montpellier Agglomération gather 412070 inhabitants, in 2012.
Montpelier welcomes every month 1 000 newcomers and became the 8th city of France.

According to the definition which gives the INSEE, (National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies), the urban area of Montpelier consists of 93 municipalities, situated in the Gard and the Hérault. In 2007 it possessed 514 473 inhabitants what made it the 15th urban area of France. The urban area includes all the municipalities, among which at least 40% of active persons work in Montpelier, that is 74 municipalities.
In 2015, according to the projections established by the Insee, urban area of Montpelier should count more than 600 000 inhabitants.

Languedoc-Roussillon erea contains five departments: the Aude, the Gard, the Hérault, the Lozère and the Pyrénées-Orientales. It has for administrative center Montpelier, which is also administrative center of the Hérault. The region knows the strongest population growth of France, and could count up to 3 300 000 inhabitants in 2030, is an increase of 36% with regard to 2000.

The climate of Montpelier is a Mediterranean climate.
Contrary to a wide-spread idea, it is not less raining in Montpelier than in Brest, but the precipitation are much more concentrated.

My images of Montpellier.

Copyright © All rights reserved. The use or the reproduction, on any media, for profit or not profit, of my photographs, including my photographs published in workshop, the notes or the texts, is prohibited without my written authorization. Joel Berthonneau.

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Hi Joel,
I feel the passion of tango from the photo and I like the composition and the intimate lights, great atmosphere,
Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!

bonjour Joël
aucune danse ne pourrait mieux représenter ce jour des amoureux,c'est si sensuel!J'adore le fort contraste entre ombre et lumière, et j'adore le cadrage.Superbe!

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14252 W: 1033 N: 28524] (135700)
  • [2012-02-14 4:42]

Bonjour Joël

All you need is love on St Valentine's Day! Good daily life scene & well captured & composed with excellent sharpness & vibrant colour. The 2 other bg couples make the shot. Tfs. Bon semaine!

Bonjour Joël,

Une bonne façon de célébrer la Saint-Valentin. Tu as bien saisi l'action du couple qui danse un tango. La lumière environnante a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Bonjour Joel,

Une belle image pour la Saint Valentin. Cela me rappelle qu'il faudrait bien que je fasse un petit quelque chose pour ma conjointe de quarante ans. Une belle gestion de la lumière.



Bonjour Joel
une superbe lumière sur ces deux danseurs de tango en ce jour de la St Valentin
bonne fête!

Bonjour Joel
Un beau jeu d'ombre et de lumière dans ce carré où l'essentiel est montré.
Bonne après-midi

Hello Joël.
You have captured the mood of Valentine's Day really well. The light and the romance seen here are just gorgeous. Really stunning with strong visual impact.
Thanks and kind regards,

Je me doutais que tu n'allais pas laisser passer cette journée sans une image de ton "sport" favori; ça colle, ça serre, tout ça dans une atmosphère plus que tamisée....ah, le tango de ma jeunesse, où est-il?

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4036 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2012-02-14 7:44]

Hello Joel! For all those who love tango!
Wonderful shot on St Valentine's Day!
Splendid effect and wonderful colors.
Good job

Hello Joël
Impressive tree photos of this pair in dance tango.
Nice story of Valentine's day in Argentina.
Fantastic light.
Charming compositions.
Best regards

Bonsoir Joël
"It takes 2 to tango" ;)
Un moment intime bien saisi avec de belles ombres & lumières.
Sympa la video!


Hello Joel,
Nice capture, dedicated to this very special day !
Very good ligth management.
Interesting notes.
TFS and best regards

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15425 W: 159 N: 26981] (141572)
  • [2012-02-14 11:21]

Bonjour Joel
Ah la jolie scéne des amoureux, j'aime l'effet de la lumière , le cadrage et la couleur rose que porte les dames, belle image de la Saint Valentin
Belle soirée

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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2012-02-14 12:39]

Bonsoir Joël,

Belle promotion, en texte et en photo, du tango... Vu sous cet angle, et en ce jour de Saint-Valentin, tu le rends très attractif, et le couple est parfaitement mis en lumière, au propre comme au figuré !

Bonne soirée,


Bonsoir Joel,
Très belle scene de circonstance avec ces danseurs de tango et très bien commentée.
Bonne S.Valentin!

Hello Joel,

A very suitable image for this day . A very romantic mood with perfect lighting. I have not seen this dance but I can feel it from your shot. Love the colors too.


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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2012-02-14 17:30]

Bonsoir Joël,
Eh bien choisi cette photo pour la Saint-Valentin est une grande capture et la composition. J'aime particulièrement la lumière, le rend plus intime et accueillante. Bravo!

Bonjour Joël,
Yes ! All you need is love.. A beautiful photo for the Valentine's Day. Beautiful shot of the Tango couple.

Montpellier rappresenta una Francia a parte, o anzi la Francia "provinciale" in tutte le sue migliori espressioni.
Anche la danza ...quella che esprime i sensi e le passioni .

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13685 W: 295 N: 27258] (109453)
  • [2012-02-15 0:33]

hello Joel,
nice the snapshot with the dancing couple to be your contribution to the Valentine's day.I like the excellent snapshot with the light management to be captured superb.

Have a good day,Danos

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24390 W: 523 N: 40796] (175552)
  • [2012-02-15 1:07]

Hello Joël

Valentine day is a perfect day for dances the Argentine dance.
My wife and I dance a lot year ballroom an latin dances, but argentine dance is truly specially, but lovely for dances.
All details make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hi Joël,
A beautifully composed piture with all the intimacy of the tango. The lines of the arms is perfectly placed in your composition, it really takes two to tango!
Kind regards

Salut Joel,
Belle prise avec ce superbe effet de lumière et de sensualité, bon contraste de teintes entre le rouge et le noir, c'est réussi.

Ola Joel ,
Uma bela composição dos dia dos namorados com estes casais a dançar tango , gostei muito da luz dou um ambiente romântico , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Bonjour Joel
Oh... le tango...
La dance de la sensualité, des amoureux...
Belle prise. J'aime specialement la lumiere, bien vu!

Ciao Joel, fantastic light on lovely couple, great passion in this pose, excellent clarity and wonderful light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Joel
impossibile restare indifferenti davanti a questa foto. non ci sono vestiti da ballo preziosi, non si sente la musica eppure è una foto che emana note basse e sensuali, passione per la danza e.. passione. punto. Mi piace quella Z disegnata dalle braccie dei due ballerini, e quel rosa accesso che appare in tre punti dentro al nero quasi totale dell'immagine.
manca solo un pò di champagne anche qui, ma anche un vino rosso ci starebbe bene ;-)
magica foto, complimenti Joel.
un caro saluto

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