ABOUT THIS FILM PROJECT
We invite you to experience the world's most passionate and dramatic dance – the tango – as you have never seen it before. Within the international LGBT community, the dance is reinvented as Queer Tango: an intriguing performance, where nobody takes your sexual orientation for granted, nor your choice of role.

Now the best queer tango dancers from around the world are traveling
to St. Petersburg for the city's Queer Tango Festival. A journey they choose to make despite the harsh anti-LGBT policies of contemporary Russia, which prove to be a real challenge for both the dancers and the Russian festival managers. Is the art of queer tango at all possible in today's Russia?

Author & Director: Aleksandr M. Vinogradov Cinematographer: Tanya Haurylchyk
Produced by Frederk Nicolai - OffWorld Production
Music: Volco & Gignoli Genre: Creative documentary Length: '90 ( cinema ), 52' ( television )

When narrow-minded traditionalism and xenophobia are rife in the world, it is important to continue dancing tango no matter what gender, sexual orientation or country you are from.



© Photo by Evgeny Kovrov

« ...Tango is a popular dance. Like any other popular dance,
it is partly a mirror of the society in which it has developed
and from which it emerges. As society changes, how we dance tango changes too. It is these twenty-first century, social and political developments which have made queer tango possible, and capturing this worldwide phenomena in a film
is an important undertaking.»
Dr. Ray Batchelor, Founder of the Queer Tango Salon

Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Film Director
I discovered the unique world of queer tango in 2014, when I visited the International Queer Tango Festival in Berlin during a research trip. I was blown away by the charismatic ambience of the room and the passion evident in the dancer's every move. I learned that the community of queer tango dancers meets around the world in cities like Buenos Aires, Paris, Berlin… and St. Petersburg in Russia, my own country.

As a Russian identifying as queer, I am fully aware of the rigid policies my country imposes on its LGBT population. In 2013, president Putin signed the infamous anti-gay law criminalizing any distribution of so-called "queer propaganda" among minors. A bill oppressing the country's own citizens engaging in "non-traditional sexual relationships". This legislation has resulted in the arrests of numerous Russians publicly opposing the law, and there has reportedly been a nationwide surge in homophobic propaganda, violence, and hate crimes. Many violators even make use of the same law to justify their actions.

The current situation in my home country hit me hard, and my film Queer Tango goes to Russia is my way of processing my personal feelings as well as contributing to the discourse on the matter. Meeting the genuine and dedicated dancers has meant a lot to me personally, and with this film I hope to support them in their brave efforts to keep queer tango alive around the world – including Russia. My intention is to let this film spread love, peace and tolerance among all people, regardless of sexual orientation and nationality.



© Photo by Evgeny Kovrov




Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Film Director
I discovered the unique world of queer tango in 2014, when I visited the International Queer Tango Festival in Berlin during a research trip. I was blown away by the charismatic ambience of the room and the passion evident in the dancer's every move. I learned that the community of queer tango dancers meets around the world in cities like Buenos Aires, Paris, Berlin… and St. Petersburg in Russia, my own country.

As a Russian identifying as queer, I am fully aware of the rigid policies my country imposes on its LGBT population. In 2013, president Putin signed the infamous anti-gay law criminalizing any distribution of so-called "queer propaganda" among minors. A bill oppressing the country's own citizens engaging in "non-traditional sexual relationships". This legislation has resulted in the arrests of numerous Russians publicly opposing the law, and there has reportedly been a nationwide surge in homophobic propaganda, violence, and hate crimes. Many violators even make use of the same law to justify their actions.

The current situation in my home country hit me hard, and my film Queer Tango goes to Russia is my way of processing my personal feelings as well as contributing to the discourse on the matter. Meeting the genuine and dedicated dancers has meant a lot to me personally, and with this film I hope to support them in their brave efforts to keep queer tango alive around the world – including Russia. My intention is to let this film spread love, peace and tolerance among all people, regardless of sexual orientation and nationality.



© Photo by Evgeny Kovrov



Tanya Haurylchyk
Cinematographer
The imagery of the film emphasizes intimacy and a special attention to details. Our aim is to transmit a sense of closeness with the tango dancers, and to capture them in natural situations of their life that aren't usually exposed to the eyes of others.

The film as a whole is built on the concept of emotions expressed through images, and we continuously work towards visuals that speak for themselves. Some shots might appear intangible or abstract, made to express the ambience of the space.

Some shots might appear blurred at first, such as the soft reflection of a small figure in the mirror. Through images, we aim to express feelings such as the uncertainty of our character's future, or the graceful pride transcending them while dancing.

Tanya Haurylchyk
Cinematographer
The imagery of the film emphasizes intimacy and a special attention to details. Our aim is to transmit a sense of closeness with the tango dancers, and to capture them in natural situations of their life that aren't usually exposed to the eyes of others.

The film as a whole is built on the concept of emotions expressed through images, and we continuously work towards visuals that speak for themselves. Some shots might appear intangible or abstract, made to express the ambience of the space.

Some shots might appear blurred at first, such as the soft reflection of a small figure in the mirror. Through images, we aim to express feelings such as the uncertainty of our character's future, or the graceful pride transcending them while dancing.

The people appearing in Queer Tango goes to Russia come from many different countries, and I (the director) met them during my research trips to Russia, Germany and France. I was lucky to meet so many amazing dancers and get to know their stories. Finally, I decided to let the film revolve mainly around the relationship of Misha and Otar, their efforts during their preparations for the Queer Tango Festival, and their struggles when trying to bring their international guests to St. Petersburg.
Misha and Otar
Founders of Queer Tango festival in St.Petersburg "Salida", Russia
© Photo by Evgeny Kovrov
Céline
Teacher at Echos Tango and Artist at Edith & Marcelle, Co-founder of Queer Tango in Paris
© Photo by Camille Collin
San Fede / Dita
Director of "La Vie en Rose" Queer Tango Festival in Paris, Drag-Tango performer
© Photo by Camille Collin for LVR
Dr. Ray Batchelor
Founder of the Queer Tango Salon, Co-organizer of the Football Tango, London
© Photo by Camille Collin for LVR
Astrid Weiske
Director and founder of the International Queertango Festival in Berlin
© Photo by Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Merk
DJ for Queer Tango milongas, Teacher of Queer Tango in St.Petersburg
© Photo by Ilmira Gorbacheva
Marina and Anna
Founders of Queer Tango Club Festival in St.Petersburg, Russia
© Photo by Camille Collin for LVR
Soledad Nani
A pioneer of Queer Tango movement in Argentina, Tango Teacher in Buenos Aires
© Photo by Tanya Haurylchyk
Lucas Fernandes
Teacher of tango and high heels male dancer, São Paulo, Brazil
© Photo by Tanya Haurylchyk

Volco & Gignoli
Paris, France
Argentinian musicians Sebastian Volco and Pablo Gignoli are composing the original soundtrack of this film. Together, Volco and Gignoli create their own musical language combining tango, jazz, rock, and avant-garde music for a cinematic effect.

Volco & Gignoli
Paris, France
Argentinian musicians Sebastian Volco and Pablo Gignoli are composing the original soundtrack of this film. Together, Volco and Gignoli create their own musical language combining tango, jazz, rock, and avant-garde music for a cinematic effect.
Watch our video below
WHY THIS FILM IS IMPORTANT
Music: "Durazno Sangrando" and "In A Silent Way" by Volco & Gignoli
Watch the trailer here